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Bulldogs Coast To 20th Straight Home Win

Trey Phills (Don Clark photo)
Trey Phills (Don Clark photo)

Yale Routs Mitchell 102-46

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's final test before the start of Ivy League play went as expected. Five players scored in double figures as the Bulldogs rolled to a 102-46 victory over Mitchell College at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Yale, which has won six of its last seven games, kicks off Ivy play at Penn on Friday.

"I feel really good about this team," said captain Anthony Dallier, who had nine points and five assists in 22 efficient minutes. "We've come a long way since the start of the season. Hopefully we are hitting our stride."

Noah Yates and Jordan Bruner paced the Bulldogs (8-5) with 14 points apiece. Miye Oni added 13 points and nine rebounds, Eric Monroe and Sam Downey both scored 12 points, and Blake Reynolds had nine.

All 11 players that saw action scored.

Trey Phills contributed eight points, Thomas Ryan had a career-high seven, while Eric Anderson and Landon Russell each scored two.

"It was a good opportunity for all the guys to show what they can do," said Downey, who was 6-of-7 from the field in 19 minutes.

Santiago Domenico and Mack Bertram-Gregory had 11 points apiece to pace Mitchell (0-9).

Offensively, the Bulldogs shot 61.5 percent from the field, had assists on 28 of their 40 field goals and made 12 three-pointers. Defensively, Yale limited the Mariners to 32.3 percent from the field.

The Bulldogs also won the battle of the boards 45-33.

"We treat this like any other game, making sure we are focused, and I thought we did that for most of the game," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

Mitchell actually scored the first four points of the game, but Yale answered with the next 12 to take early command. By midway through the first half the lead was 16, and it grew to 22, 48-26, by halftime.

The win was the 20th straight at Lee Amphitheater for the Bulldogs, which is the fifth longest home winning streak in the nation.

Yale, though, won't return to its home floor until Jan. 27 against Brown. The first three Ivy games are on the road, starting with the trip to the Palestra on Friday. The Bulldogs are at Princeton next Saturday and then play at Brown on Jan. 20.

"We'll be ready. We've played pretty well on the road the last few years," Jones said. "Our underclassmen have played well this year in tough environments."

The win also was the 11th straight for Yale over an in-state opponent, a streak that will continue until next season with only Ivy games remaining. The Bulldogs already had wins over Connecticut rivals Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut and Hartford earlier this year.

NOTES: Yale reached the century mark for the first time since scoring 102 in a 102-47 victory over Daniel Webster in the 2014-15 season… The 14 points were a career high for Yates, a junior who joined the team this season after playing football at Yale… Monroe also established a career high with 12 points… Dallier's 22 minutes were the most of any Bulldog in the game… Both games next weekend will be part of doubleheaders with the Yale women, who also kick off Ivy play. The women's games are 5:30 starts on both Friday and Saturday, while the men's games are scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m… IvyMadness.com, the official website of the inaugural Ivy League Tournament is now active.

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