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Yale Rolls Over Bryant 103-61

Jordan Bruner (Steve Musco photo)
Jordan Bruner (Steve Musco photo)

Bulldogs Shoot 60 Percent From Field, 62 Percent From Three-Point Range

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Yale excelled in the three phases of the game that matter most to James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs – defense, rebounding and sharing the ball. It didn't hurt that Yale shot lights out either. The result was a 103-61 dismantling of Bryant at the Chace Athletic Center.

The Bulldogs limited Bryant to 33.3 percent shooting, won the battle of the boards 43-30 and had 29 assists on 39 field goals. Yale also made 15 three-pointers, one shy of the school record.

"We got off to a great start defensively," Jones said. "Having Trey [Phills] back makes a big difference. He's our defensive leader. Miye [Oni] also got going and Alex [Copeland], and that's a plus."

Phills missed the game last Wednesday at Vermont with an injury.

Bryant had only 14 points after the first 12 minutes and by then Yale had raced out to a 36-14 lead.

The Bulldogs' advantage was 52-34 at halftime, and the lead grew to as many as 47 points in the second half.

Jordan Bruner paced four players in double figures with 18 points and added six rebounds and four assists. Oni and Azar Swain each contributed 15 points, and Blake Reynolds had 13.

Bruner was 8-of-9 from the field, including a pair of emphatic dunks early in the second half. He continues to get more and more comfortable after missing all of last season with an injury.

"I'm getting back into a rhythm and just being aggressive. My teammates got me shots and I tried to get them shots, and everything just kind of went from there," said Bruner, who has now scored in double figures in three straight games.

Yale shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the game and was 15-of-24 (62.5 percent) from three-point range.

"We knew they were going to come out and over help, so we just had to feed off each other's energy. It turned out well. We moved [the ball], and they couldn't really keep up, so we scored pretty well," Bruner said.

There were contributions from a number of sources. Thirteen of the 16 players that saw action scored. Phills and Paul Atkinson scored eight points apiece, Austin Williams contributed six and Jalen Gabbidon had five.

Yale's bench outscored Bryant's reserves 44-12.

"Our depth is really good," Jones said. "Our bench really helped extend the lead. It was a great team win playing Yale basketball."

NOTES: The Bulldogs surpassed 100 points for the second time this season. They scored 102 in a heartbreaking double overtime loss at Memphis on Nov. 17… The 29 assists could very well be a school record in a road game… Yale improved to 8-3 all-time against Bryant… Bryant had a pair of first years from Connecticut in the starting lineup – Joe Kasperzyk, who played at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, and Patrick Harding of Fairfield… Yale is back on the road on Saturday, playing the University of Miami at American Airlines Arena in the Hoophall Invitational. Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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