Battle Of Bulldogs In Rhode Island
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a rare weekend off, the Bulldogs are back at it on Wednesday when they make a short trip up I-95 to Smithfield, R.I., where they will face the Bryant Bulldogs. Tip off at the Chace Athletic Center is slated for 7 p.m. NEC Front Row has the video with Jon Wallach and Chris Burns on the call.
Yale (1-2) is playing its fourth straight game away from home to begin the season, but the home opener is on the horizon. After a trip to Miami for the Hoophall Invitational on Saturday, the Bulldogs host Lehigh next Wednesday night.
After three games, it's become apparent that this year's Yale team is deep and balanced. Four players are averaging double figures in scoring, six have already reached double figures at least once in a game and 11 are averaging at least 9.7 minutes. The latest Bulldog to score in double figures was first year Isaiah Kelly, who tallied 13 points last Wednesday at Vermont. Kelly was 6-of-8 from the field and added four rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench which earned him a spot on this week's Ivy League Honor Roll.
He was joined on the honor roll by Miye Oni, who posted his first double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) of the season vs. the Catamounts. Oni, a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection a year ago, leads the Bulldogs in scoring (16.3 ppg.) and rebounding (6.7 rpg.). He is third in the Ivy League in scoring and seventh in rebounding.
Alex Copeland (14.7 ppg.), Azar Swain (12.7 ppg.) and Jordan Bruner (12.0 ppg.) also average double figures. Bruner, who missed all of last season with an injury, continues to get more comfortable with each game. Against Vermont, he tallied 14 points and added a career-high six assists in 30 minutes.
Defensively, Yale is limiting its opponents to 42.9 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from three-point range.
The Bulldogs are second in the Ivy League in three-point shooting at 39.7 percent.
Yale leads the all-time series with Bryant 7-3, including an 84-67 victory last year at Lee Amphitheater. Blake Reynolds went 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-of-7 from three-point range, to lead a strong offensive performance. Yale made 13 three-pointers in the win and had 24 assists on 31 field goals. Yale has won two of the last three games between the teams in Smithfield, although Bryant took the last meeting 79-70 in 2016.
The Bulldogs (1-4) are coming off an 84-60 loss at Brown on Sunday. Adam Grant scored 20 points to pace Bryant. He leads the team in scoring at 15.4 ppg. Byron Hawkins (14.0 ppg.) also averages double figures in scoring. Bryant is playing its second home game of the season. The Bulldogs knocked off Saint Peter's 71-63 on Nov. 14. Bryant, picked eighth in the Northeast Conference preseason coaches' poll, returns seven players from last season, all of whom made at least seven starts. First-year Bryant head coach Jared Grasso was a four-year starter and two-year captain as an undergraduate at Quinnipiac. He graduated from Quinnipiac with a degree in mass communications in May 2002 and was elected to the Quinnipiac Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. Prior to being named the head coach at Bryant, he spent the last eight years on the Iona coaching staff.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity