November 30, 2008

Bulldogs Fall 63-57 At Sacred Heart

Nov. 30, 2008

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Ryan Howard scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as Sacred Heart edged Yale 63-57 in a non-league game at the William H. Pitt Center. Ross Morin paced the Bulldogs with a season-high 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field.

Yale trailed by as many as eight points in the second half, but rallied to tie the score at 50-50 on Alex Zampier's layup with 5:17 left. The Bulldogs (1-4) had two possessions with the chance to take the lead but couldn't capitalize. Chauncey Hardy then made a three-pointer to give the Pioneers the advantage.

Morin's jumper cut the deficit to one, but Hardy answered with a layup to make it 55-52 with 2:51 remaining. Two Hardy free throws increased the lead to five before Porter Braswell made three free throws to get Yale back within two with 1:01 left. Shane Gibson, though, hit a jumper to make it 59-55 with 34 seconds left.

Howard then made four free throws in the final 15 seconds to seal the victory for the Pioneers (1-3) in their home opener.

"I thought we had a chance to win the basketball game," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "We needed to come up with a couple of stops and make a couple of shots, and we didn't do it."

Sacred Heart, which hadn't played since a loss at Providence on Nov. 20, had 14 offensive rebounds in the game, which led to 14 second-chance points.

"If we rebound better, we win the basketball game," Jones said.

Zampier finished with 17 points for the Bulldogs. Braswell added seven points and three assists. Garrett Fiddler and Jordan Gibson both had four points.

Henly and Hardy each had 11 points for Sacred Heart, while Gibson chipped in 10 points.

Yale made only four of 21 three-point attempts.

"They weren't bad shots. Those will go down in other games," said Morin, who also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. "We need to get more easy baskets. We are trying to beat teams down the court."

Both teams shot less than 40 percent from the field in the first half. The Bulldogs raced out to an 8-2 lead after four minutes, but Henley's put-back tied the score at 12 midway through the first half.

Yale took a 17-14 lead on Morin's layup but then went nearly five minutes without a field goal. The Pioneers took advantage and built a 26-21 advantage at the intermission.

"I thought we did a pretty good job defensively, especially in the first half," Jones said. "We just had a few missed assignments."

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday night when they host Holy Cross at 7 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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