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Bulldogs Back On The Road At Vermont

Eric Anderson (Steve Musco photo)
Eric Anderson (Steve Musco photo)

Teams Meeting For 10th Straight Year

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale and Vermont have been two of New England's most successful programs in recent years. Both have been regular participants in the post season. They've also had a healthy rivalry against each other. The latest meeting is set for Saturday at UVM's Patrick Gymnasium. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. and AmericaEast.tv has the video.

The Bulldogs, who are playing the third of four straight road games, are coming off back-to-back games against ACC opponents. Yale more than held its own, playing seventh-ranked Virginia even for 25 minutes before falling 62-38 and then going toe-to-toe with Pitt before dropping a 75-70 decision.

The Bulldogs (2-2) opened the season with an impressive win at Washington and then beat Patriot League preseason favorite Lehigh in overtime in their only home game thus far.

Balance, particularly on offense, has been the key to Yale's success. Four players average double figures in scoring, led by senior Sam Downey at 15.0 ppg. Sophomore Alex Copeland has been the most improved player. After seeing limited action as a freshman, Copeland has emerged as Yale's sixth man. He is averaging 14.5 points and has 14 assists and only one turnover in 104 minutes of action.

Sophomore Blake Reynolds also has taken on a greater role this year. Reynolds, last year's team rookie of the year, is the only player to score in double figures in all four games and is shooting 50 percent (12-of-24) from three-point range. He is averaging 14 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Freshman Miye Oni has made an immediate impact, posting double-doubles twice and earning Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors in each of the first two weeks.

Yale has done an outstanding job of taking care of the ball so far in 2016-17. In four games, the Bulldogs have 64 assists and 39 turnovers. Senior Anthony Dallier has taken over as the starting point guard, replacing an injured Makai Mason, and leads the team with 20 assists.

Vermont is the first of three games for the Bulldogs against America East teams. Yale hosts Albany on Dec. 3 and Hartford on Jan. 2.

HISTORY LESSON

Yale and Vermont are playing for the 10th straight season. The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings, including a 72-54 victory last year at Lee Amphitheater. Two years ago in Burlington, Matt Townsend's jumper from the top of the key with five seconds left lifted Yale to a thrilling 57-56 victory. The first meeting between the teams was way back in 1924, a 36-25 UVM win. The Catamounts lead the all-time series 14-13.

SCOUTING VERMONT

The Catamounts (5-2) are coming off a three game in three-day stretch at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Florida earlier this week. UVM reached the championship game before dropping a heartbreaking, last-second 72-71 loss to Houston. The Cats started the week with a thrilling 60-59 win over Wofford thanks to a Trae Bell-Haynes game-winning floater in the finals seconds. UVM followed that with an offensive explosion against Hofstra, defeating the Pride 87-73. Ernie Duncan poured in a career-high 33 points including seven three-pointers. The Vermont offense has been keyed by hot shooting from downtown over the last two games. UVM currently ranks second in the league in three-point attempts and first in both three-pointers made (57) and three-point field-goal percentage (38.3). The 57 three-pointers made also ranks 10th nationally. Over the last two games Vermont has made 24 three-pointers while shooting 46.1-percent (24-52). Payton Henson (14.9 ppg.) leads the team in scoring and rebounding (6.9 rpg.).

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