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Bulldogs Out West To Face Cal State Northridge

Eric Monroe (Joe Murphy photo)
Eric Monroe (Joe Murphy photo)

Final Non-Conference Road Game

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Yale's final trip before the start of Ivy League play is a long one. And why wouldn't it be. The Bulldogs have already racked up quite a few frequent flyer miles, with games in China, Miami, Duke and Memphis under their belts. Yale is in Southern California to face Cal State Northridge on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. West Coast Time) at the Matadome. BigWest.TV has the video.

The Bulldogs (8-3) bring a four-game winning streak to California, including a 92-65 victory over Kennesaw State on Wednesday. Five players scored in double figures for a Yale team that leads the Ivy League in scoring (82.8 ppg.) and has scored 90 or more points five times. The Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight games, and the only blemish during the stretch came at No. 1 Duke on Dec. 8.

The game is a homecoming for three Bulldogs. Alex Copeland (Los Angeles), Miye Oni (Northridge) and Michael Feinberg (Hidden Hills) are all Southern California natives. It could be an extra special night for Oni, who needs 19 points to become the 28th player in school history to reach the 1,000 career point mark. Oni, who leads the team in scoring at 17.0 ppg., would be first Yale player since Justin Sears '16 to reach the milestone.

Oni, who has worked out at Cal State Northridge in the summers, played at Viewpoint. At Yale he earned second team All-Ivy recognition in his first year and was a unanimous first team selection last year as a sophomore.

Copeland, who played at Harvard-Westlake, also is closing in on 1,000 career points. He currently sits at 842. Copeland shared the team scoring lead as a sophomore and started 25 games as junior. This season he has started all 11 games and is averaging 10.3 points. He also holds the school record for consecutive free throws made with 40 straight.

Feinberg, a first year, was a 2018 Gold Coast League first team selection at Viewpoint after attending Sierra Canyon High School for grade 9-11.

In addition to leading the Ivy League in scoring, the Bulldogs also top the conference in field goal percentage (.496), rebounding margin (+5.9) and assists (18.7 per game).

Cal State Northridge head coach Mark Gottfried and Yale head coach James Jones were assistant coaches under Villanova's Jay Wright for Team USA at the 2007 Pan American Games. Gottfried was then the head coach at Alabama.

The Bulldogs play their final non-conference game on Tuesday night, hosting Skidmore. Ivy League play opens Jan. 19 at Brown.

HISTORY LESSONS

Yale and Cal State Northridge are playing for the first time. The Bulldogs are making their first trip to California since a 68-56 loss at USC in 2015. CSUN is the second California opponent for Yale, who opened the season with a 76-59 win over Cal in the Pac-12 China Game in Shanghai. The Bulldogs' last game against a team that is currently in the Big West was at Hawaii in the 1988 Rainbow Classic.

SCOUTING CSUN

The Matadors (6-9) are coming off a hard-fought 65-60 loss at San Diego State on New Year's Day which snapped their three-game winning streak. CSUN features Lamine Diane, who is 10th in the nation in scoring (23.6 ppg.) and rebounding (10.8 rpg.) in games through Jan. 1. Diane leads NCAA Division I with 136 field goals made. Terrell Gomez also is a scoring threat. He has made 49 three-pointers and is averaging 18.1 points. Rodney Henderson Jr. averages 11.2 points. Five of CSUN's nine losses have come by five points or less.

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