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Oni Scores 31, Bulldogs Rout Dartmouth

Paul Atkinson (Will McCormack photo)
Paul Atkinson (Will McCormack photo)

Reynolds, Bruner Score 17 Apiece In 89-68 Victory

HANOVER, N.H. – Yale's offense is back on track. Miye Oni scored a career-high 31 points, and Blake Reynolds and Jordan Bruner added 17 points apiece as the Bulldogs shot nearly 54 percent from the field in cruising to an 89-68 victory over Dartmouth at Leede Arena.

Yale rebounded well from Friday's 65-49 loss at Harvard.

"It was a great bounce back win," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We got that bad taste out of our mouth."

Yale (13-4, 3-1 Ivy) was pretty good defensively as well, limiting the Big Green to 40 percent from the field.

Trey Phills sparked the defensive effort. He held Brendan Barry, who entered the weekend leading the nation in three-point percentage, to just 1-of-3 from downtown.

"Trey Phills did an unbelievable job as always. I congratulated him in front of the team [in the locker room]," Jones said. "It takes a very selfless person to go out when your job is to stop the best player on the other team."

Dartmouth has been among the nation's leaders in three-point shooting throughout the season but was just 5-of-21 from downtown.

"As a team we did a great job of guarding the three-point arc," Jones said.

The Bulldogs started strong and had a 16-4 lead just 7:30 into the game.

The Big Green (10-10, 1-3 Ivy) had closed to within 41-31 by halftime, but Oni made sure there was no further comeback. He was 13-of-17 from the field over the final 20 minutes, scoring 24 of his 31 points. He also contributed nine rebounds and four assists in 30 stellar minutes in the game.

"I just tried to play free," said Oni, who became the first Bulldog to score 30 or more points since Anthony Dallier '17 had 30 in a win over Brown in 2017.

The Bulldogs were outstanding offensively in the second half, shooting nearly 60 percent en route to scoring 48 points.

"We just had fun," said Bruner, who was 7-of-12 from the field and made three, three-pointers. "Guys had been playing tight for the last four or five games so I told them we haven't had fun in a while, and tonight we did."

Ten different Bulldogs scored in the game. Reynolds was 7-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-3 from three-point range. Alex Copeland contributed nine points, while Paul Atkinson scored five off the bench.

Chris Knight paced Dartmouth with 20 points.

The Bulldogs are back home next weekend, hosting Princeton on Friday and Penn on Saturday. Tip on both nights at Lee Amphitheater is slated for 7 p.m.

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