Yale Faces Harvard In Semifinal Next Saturday At The Palestra
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's path to the Palestra is complete. Anthony Dallier scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures as the Bulldogs rolled to an emphatic 90-63 victory over Cornell at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
The win clinches the No. 3 seed in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament for the Bulldogs, who will play Harvard next Saturday at 4 p.m. at The Palestra in Philadelphia in the second men's semifinal. Princeton is the top seed, while Columbia, Penn and Dartmouth are in a fight to the finish for the No. 4 seed.
The regular season ends on Saturday. Yale hosts Columbia at 7 p.m.
"It's exciting and a little bit of a relief," said Dallier, Yale's captain who was 7-of-10 from the field and added four assists. "I'm really happy we are in and will have a chance to win it."
Dallier had plenty of support against the Big Red. Miye Oni added 12 points, Sam Downey contributed 11 points and nine rebounds and Alex Copeland scored 10. Trey Phills made all four of his shots and scored nine points, while Blake Reynolds had seven points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Yale (16-10, 8-5 Ivy) shot 57.1 percent from the field, hit 10 three-pointers and had 25 assists on its 36 field goals.
"We've been getting back to running our motion offense, and it's shown on the court," Dallier said.
In their last two games, the Bulldogs have scored 189 points and made 21 three-pointers.
"We're back to playing the way we were earlier in the season, better honestly," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs.
Yale entered the weekend knowing it needed one win to secure a spot in the Ivy Tournament, and there wasn't much added drama on Friday.
The Bulldogs built a 40-27 lead by halftime and then pulled away early in the second half. Yale's largest lead was 31 with eight minutes to play.
"I felt pretty confident," Downey said of his mindset heading into the weekend. "Once we started playing it was like any other game."
Now Downey will turn his attention to Senior Night. Both he and Dallier, Yale's two seniors, will be honored prior to Saturday's tip with Columbia.
"I have a lot of good memories of this gym," Dallier said. "I like that we clinched tonight."
Downey and Dallier have helped lead the Bulldogs to 80 victories over the last four years, making them the winningest class in the modern history of Yale Basketball.
"Anthony and Sam have meant a great deal to us in the last four years," Jones said. "I feel good about them playing well."
Yale got a significant contribution from its four freshmen. In addition to Oni, Austin Williams scored seven points, Eric Monroe made back-to-back three-pointers in the second half to score six points, and Jordan Bruner contributed four points, four rebounds, two assists and a block… Yale's bench outscored Cornell's reserves 33-7… Matt Morgan, the Ivy League's leading scorer, paced the Big Red with 28 points… The Bulldogs outrebounded the Big Red 36-23… Yale clinched a winning record in Ivy play for the seventh straight year.
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Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity