December 10, 2008

Defensive Struggle Goes To BU 55-43

Dec. 10, 2008

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BOSTON, Mass. - Yale did just about everything it wanted to defensively against Boston University on Wednesday. The Bulldogs held the Terriers to 55 points, nearly 16 below their average, and 39 percent shooting from the field. Corey Lowe, who scored a career-high 35 points last year against Yale, had only 12. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite enough. The Terriers were equally impressive on the defensive end, limiting the Bulldogs to 15 second-half points en route to a 55-43 victory at Case Gym.

"It was a hard-fought, tough basketball game," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball. "I thought both teams gave great effort. Defensively, we did a great job of contesting every shot and switching when necessary."

Yale took a 36-33 lead on Ross Morin's jumper with 13:08 left in the second half. The Terriers, though, answered with a 10-1 run over the next six minutes, capped by two free throws from Scott Britain.

The Bulldogs got back within three, 43-40, on two Jordan Gibson free throws with 6:27 remaining. BU's Tyler Morris then scored the next four points, including a big three-pointer with 3:55 left. After Lowe made two free throws, Porter Braswell's three-pointer cut the deficit to 49-43, but Boston University scored the game's final six points.

Morin led Yale with 12 points and seven rebounds. Gibson and Garrett Fiddler each had eight points. Fiddler was 4 of 5 from the field and added five rebounds. Braswell, Alex Zampier and Paul Nelson both chipped in five points.

The Bulldogs were without Travis Pinick, who missed the game with an injury.

Jake O'Brien paced the Terriers with 13 points. Lowe made only 3 of 10 shots from the field but was BU's second-leading scorer with 12 points, nearly eight below his season average. Matt Wolff added nine points and Morris finished with seven points and seven rebounds.

The first half featured seven ties and three lead changes. Yale led 13-9 after eight minutes, but BU responded with a 9-5 run to tie the score at 18-18. The Terriers took their biggest lead of the half, 27-22, on Lowe's three-pointer, but the Bulldogs rallied to tie the score at 28-28 at the intermission.

Yale outscored BU 20-4 in the paint in the first half and turned six offensive rebounds into eight second-chance points.

"Neither team had too many transition baskets," Jones said.

The Terriers clamped down defensively in the second half, holding the Bulldogs to 21.7 percent from the field.

Yale also struggled from the foul line in the game, making only five of 13 attempts.

The Bulldogs now have an 18-day layoff for final exams and the holiday. Yale plays at Alabama on Dec. 28 at 6 p.m. CST.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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