Jan. 7, 2009
NEWARK, N.J. - Alex Zampier scored 18 points to lead four players in double figures as Yale cruised to an 80-51 victory over NJIT at the spectacular Prudential Center. Porter Braswell added a career-high 14 points for the Bulldogs, who won their second straight game.
"We did a nice job on both sides of the ball," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We shot it well, and we did a good job of limiting their opportunities."
The score was tied at 16-16 with 4:58 left in the first half, but Yale went on a 17-4 run, capped by a Chris Andrews three-pointer as time expired, to take a 33-20 lead at the intermission.
"I saw there were only four seconds left, so I just ran up court quickly, used a head fake and was lucky enough to make the shot," said Andrews of his only field goal of the game. Andrews added three assists and two steals in 18 minutes off the bench.
Yale (4-9) then outscored the Highlanders 10-3 over the first 2 minutes, 30 seconds of the second half to put the game away. The lead grew to as many as 31.
"We talked at halftime about the first five minutes of the second half being crucial," said Andrews, who grew up just 15 minutes from the Prudential Center in South Orange, N.J. "We played well defensively and were able to get out in transition."
The Bulldogs scored 47 points in the second half and shot 63.3 percent from the field.
"At the start of the second half, we showed a lot of poise," Jones said. "They came out in a 1-3-1 zone, and we did a nice job against it."
Travis Pinick scored 13 points and Ross Morin added 10 for the Bulldogs, who were playing their last non-league road game of the season. Garrett Fiddler had seven points and a team-high seven rebounds. Jordan Gibson contributed six points.
Gary Garris paced NJIT (0-15) with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Isaiah Wilkerson had 15 points and four assists.
The Highlanders, who are in their third year at the Division I level, have lost 48 straight games.
Yale outscored NJIT 38-18 in the paint and made a season-high nine three-pointers.
The Bulldogs play their final non-conference game of the season on Saturday when they host Hartford. Tipoff at the John J. Lee Amphitheater is slated for 2 p.m.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity