Oni Scores 35 As Bulldogs Knock Off Princeton 74-60

Miye Oni (Steve Musco photo)
Miye Oni (Steve Musco photo)

Yale Stays Unbeaten At Home, Hands Tigers First Ivy Loss

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was a second straight career night for Miye Oni. And it came at a very opportune time for the Bulldogs. Oni scored 35 points as Yale handed Princeton its first Ivy League loss, 74-60, before a big and enthusiastic crowd at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. The performance came less than a week after he scored 31 points in a win at Dartmouth.

"Tonight was probably one of the best games I've played," said Oni, who added 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 31 stellar minutes. "I shot the ball pretty well and tried to find my teammates."

Oni finished 13-of-18 from the field, including 5-of-7 from three-point range.

"Miye is a very dynamic player, and he is starting to play with the confidence he should be playing with," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

The 35 points were the most in a game for a Bulldog since Greg Mangano scored 35 in a win over St. Joseph's (N.Y.) in 2012.

Oni scored 18 of his points in the first half as Yale raced out to a 36-22 lead. Princeton, though, made a push to start the second half and tied the score at 42 on Jaelin Llweellyn's two free throws with 11:32 left.

The Bulldogs answered with the next 10 points to regain control. Azar Swain hit back-to-back three-pointers during the run, helping to ignite the big crowd.

"I just try to bring energy to the game," said Swain, who had been struggling from three-point range over the last few games but finished with eight important points. "I keep my preparation consistent and just try to stay ready for the moment. It's just a matter of the little details and capitalizing on my opportunities."

Added Oni, "That why I always tell him to look for your opportunities. When he hits shots, we just seem to always go on a run."

The Tigers made one more push, closing to within three, 63-60, but Oni responded with a three-pointer, and Yale held Princeton scoreless over the final 2:34.

"Our defense was really solid," Jones said.

The Bulldogs limited Princeton to just 33.8 percent from the field in the game. Yale also outrebounded the Tigers 42-28.

The Bulldogs had the lead for 32 minutes in the game.

Alex Copeland was the only other Bulldog in double figures. He scored 15 points. Jordan Bruner added eight points and nine rebounds.

The win vaults the Bulldogs into a three-way tie for first-place with Princeton and Harvard. All three teams sit at 4-1 in conference play.

Yale hosts Penn on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Lee Amphitheater. The Quakers knocked off Brown 92-82 on Friday.

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