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Dallier’s Homecoming Takes Yale To Pitt

Anthony Dallier (Matthew Riley, UVa Sports Information)
Anthony Dallier (Matthew Riley, UVa Sports Information)

Second Straight ACC Opponent For Bulldogs

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Yale's pre-Thanksgiving ACC tour continues at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Tipoff at the Petersen Events Center is 7 p.m., and ESPN3/Watch ESPN has the video.

The Bulldogs (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday at No. 7 Virginia. Yale stayed with the Cavaliers for 25 minutes before UVa pulled away for a 62-38 win.

The game at Pitt is a homecoming for senior Anthony Dallier, a Wexford, Pennsylvania, native. Dallier has never played at the Petersen Events Center, but his family has season tickets so he said he has attended close to 100 Pitt games in the building. Dallier played two seasons at North Allegheny Senior High School and averaged 24.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists in his second year there. He then spent two years at Northfield Mount Hermon.

At Yale, Dallier has played in 86 games in his career. This year he has assumed the starting point guard role with the injury to Makai Mason. In three games, Dallier has 15 assists and is averaging 9.3 points. He also played a key role on last year's team that won 23 games, the most at Yale since 1906-07, captured a second straight Ivy League title and won the first NCAA Tournament game in school history, over Baylor in the first round. Dallier started both post-season games and scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds against Duke in the second round.

Dallier is one of several Bulldogs with a greater role this year. Senior Sam Downey, who had started only three games entering the season, leads the team in scoring at 14.3 ppg. Downey scored 22 points in the season-opening win at Washington and was named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Sophomores Alex Copeland and Blake Reynolds also have taken advantage of their increased opportunity. Copeland is averaging 14.0 points, including tallying a career-high 20 points in the overtime win over Lehigh, while Reynolds has scored in double figures in each of the first three games.

Freshman Miye Oni has stepped in and made an immediate impact. He was selected as the first Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring 24 points in the win at Washington and then posted a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) in the victory over Lehigh.

HISTORY LESSON

Yale is playing Pittsburgh for the first time since 1956, a 95-74 Panther victory. The first meeting between the teams was way back in 1915, a 31-29 Pitt win. Overall, this is the seventh meeting between the teams, and the Panthers hold a 4-2 advantage. Yale's last win was 62-55 in 1951.

The Bulldogs have had success against ACC schools during James Jones tenure as head coach. Yale won at Boston College in 2010 and at Clemson in 2002.

Jones also has guided the Bulldogs to victories over schools from the Pac-12 (Washington, Oregon State), Big 12 (Baylor) Big East (Rutgers), Big Ten (Penn State) and Atlantic 10 (Rhode Island) at Yale.

SCOUTING PITTSBURGH

The Panthers (3-1) split two games at the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden last week, falling to SMU 76-67 and then overcoming a 15-point second-half deficit to defeat Marquette 78-75. Michael Young leads the team in scoring (24.0 ppg.) and rebounding (8.3 rpg.). Jamel Artis averages 19.8 points. Pitt is 59-1 all-time in the month of November at the Petersen Events Center with the lone loss coming to Long Beach State, 86-76, Nov. 16, 2011, and has won 19 straight home games in the month. The Panthers are 224-35 (.865) all-time at the Petersen Events Center. Kevin Stallings is in first year as the head coach at Pitt. Yale played Stallings' Vanderbilt team two years ago, falling 79-74 in double overtime.

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