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Five In Double Figures As Bulldogs Rout Kennesaw State

Alex Copeland (Don Clark photo)
Alex Copeland (Don Clark photo)

Copeland, Atkinson Score 16 Apiece In 92-65 Victory

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale is looking more and more ready for the start of Ivy League play with each passing game. The latest example was a dominant 92-65 win over Kennesaw State at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Alex Copeland and Paul Atkinson led five Bulldogs in double figures with 16 points apiece. Miye Oni added 15 points, four rebounds and six assists and Azar Swain had 13 points off the bench.

Yale (8-3) has won four straight games and seven of its last eight.

The Bulldogs excelled in every facet of the game, scoring at least 90 points for the fifth time this season, while limiting Kennesaw State to 33 percent from the field.

"Another really good team win," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We did all the things we are supposed to do. We defended, we shot 54 percent, we outrebounded them by seven, and we had 21 assists."

Throw in only 10 turnovers, and Jones was very pleased with his team, which was playing for the first time in 10 days.

"I didn't sense that," Jones said of any negative effect from the layoff. "We did a good job of taking care of the ball and playing Yale basketball,"

The Bulldogs were 33-of-61 from the field, 9-of-20 from three-point range and 17-of-21 from the foul line.

Yale also got another terrific all-around game from Jordan Bruner, who finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He has flirted with a triple double on a couple of occasions this season.

"He's going to get one at some point this year," Jones said. "The last three games, he hasn't played enough minutes because we've been ahead. He's an extraordinary player, and he's the most unselfish player I've ever had. He's more excited about assists than scoring."

Austin Williams made a significant contribution off the bench, playing extended minutes due to the absence of Blake Reynolds, who missed the game with an injury. Williams was 3-of-3 from the field and grabbed four rebounds.

"Austin came in and gave us some great minutes. He really played well," Jones said.

Yale seized control with a 21-11 run over the final eight minutes of the first half. Only a near half-court three-pointer from Kosta Jankovic as time expired had the Owls within 13, 50-37 after 20 minutes.

Kennesaw State never got closer than 12 in the second half, and Yale's lead grew to as many as 33, 90-57, with four minutes left.

Jankovic paced the Owls with 22 points.

NOTES: Atkinson, who made his first start of the season in place of Reynolds, missed his first field goal attempt of the game, snapping his streak of consecutive makes at 15… Oni's 15 points give him 981 for his career… Yale outscored Kennesaw State 36-16 in the paint and 34-18 on fast break points. The Bulldogs also got 26 points from their bench… Yale is at Cal State Northridge on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. on the West Coast).

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