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Central Connecticut Becomes Yale’s Latest Victim At JLA

Miye Oni (Steve Musco photo)
Miye Oni (Steve Musco photo)

Bulldogs Cruise To 90-59 Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale put on an offensive clinic Tuesday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs shot nearly 58 percent from the field, made 14 three-pointers and had assists on 20 of their 33 field goals. And, oh by the way, the defense was pretty good as well. The result was a very impressive 90-59 victory over Central Connecticut.

It was the fourth consecutive win for the Bulldogs this year and their 18th straight at JLA dating back to 2014-15. That's the seventh longest active home winning streak in the nation.

Outstanding guard play spearheaded the victory. Anthony Dallier, Alex Copeland and Miye Oni combined for 58 points and 11 assists.

"We have so many threats on the floor," said Copeland, who was 10-of-14 from the field en route to scoring a career-high 23 points. He also had four assists.

Oni was 7-of-8 from three-point range, finished with 22 points, two shy of his career high, and added seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

"My teammates really got me going," said Oni, who could be in line for his fourth Ivy League Rookie of the Week selection next Monday. "We are a very unselfish team."

Dallier scored 13 points, had four assists and only one turnover in 30 minutes.

The three received plenty of support. Sam Downey added 10 points, Blake Reynolds contributed six points, six rebounds and five assists, Jordan Bruner had five points, eight rebounds and two blocks and Trey Phills scored four points.

The Bulldogs (6-4) also shined at the defensive end, limiting the Blue Devils to 37 percent shooting from the field.

"We were doing a good job in our rotation and getting in the right spot," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

It was the fourth straight strong defensive performance for Yale, which has held its opponents under 60 points in three of those four games.

Central Connecticut (2-7) had four players score in double figures, led by Austin Nehls, who finished with 19 points in 38 minutes. Tafari Whittingham and Tidell Pierre both scored 12 points, and Khale Cumberlander had 10.

Yale scored the first seven points of the game and had a 26-9 lead when Oni drained a three-pointer midway through the first half.

The Bulldogs, though, didn't completely shake the Blue Devils until Oni hit back-to-back three-pointers that increased the lead to 24, 68-44, midway through the second half.

Yale's last loss at Lee Amphitheater was a 56-50 decision to Columbia on Feb. 21, 2015. With their next home game scheduled for Jan. 2 against Hartford, the Bulldogs will go the entire calendar year of 2016 without losing a home game.

"We really expect to win at home," Copeland said. "We want to protect our home court."

NOTES: Yale also now has a nine-game winning streak against in-state opponents. The Bulldogs' last loss to a Connecticut rival came in overtime at Quinnipiac in the 2014-15 season opener… Yale outrebounded the Blue Devils 37-25… The Bulldogs finished 14-of-27 from three-point range and have now hit 27 three-pointers in their last two games… Yale now takes a nine-day break for final exams. The Bulldogs are back in action on Dec. 22 at Temple in a game that will be televised by ESPNU.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity