Bulldogs Seek 17th Straight Home Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale has only a pair of home games left before taking a break for final exams. The first brings a new visitor to the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Delaware makes its first appearance in the historic arena in a rare Sunday matinee. Tip is slated for 2 p.m. and the Ivy League Digital Network has the video.
The Bulldogs have won 16 straight games in JLA dating back to the 2014-15 season, tying them with Princeton for the eighth longest active home winning streak in the nation. Kansas has won 47 straight games in Allen Fieldhouse for the longest active streak followed by South Dakota State (32), Oregon (30), California (25), Indiana (23), Akron (22) and Miami, Fla. (17).
More importantly, Yale (4-4) has won its last two games of this year with the latest a 66-52 victory at Sacred Heart on Thursday. Defense has been the key to the successful stretch. The Bulldogs held Albany to 33 percent shooting and 25 second-half points in overcoming a seven-point deficit in a 59-55 win last Saturday and then limited the Pioneers to 31.7 percent and a season-low of 52 points on Thursday.
Offensively, Yale continues to spread the wealth. Four players average in double figures, led by sophomore Alex Copeland at 13.1 ppg. Copeland made his first career start on Thursday – in place of an injured Trey Phills – and responded by scoring 14 of his team-high 16 points in the second half as the Bulldogs broke open a close game.
Freshman Jordan Bruner had the best scoring game of his young career, finishing with 14 points to go along with six rebounds and four blocks in 20 minutes off the bench. Bruner also displayed a deft touch from long-range by hitting 3-of-6 shots from three-point range.
Rebounding will be a key against Delaware. The Blue Hens are outrebounding their opponents by more than 11 a game. The Bulldogs have led the Ivy League in rebounding margin in each of the last five years and are currently a close second to Harvard this year.
After Sunday, Yale closes out the pre-exam portion of the schedule by hosting Central Connecticut on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs then play their final game of 2016 on Dec. 22 at Temple.
Yale and Delaware are playing for only the second time. The first meeting was a 66-64 double-overtime Yale victory in the first round of the 1982 United-First Federal Classic in Lakeland, Fla.
Yale's last game against a team currently in the Colonial Athletic Association was against Hofstra in 2009.
The Blue Hens (5-3) haven't played since a 64-49 win over Delaware State on Dec. 2. They also have victories at Bradley and at Miami, Ohio, on their resume. Delaware has seven players averaging at least 6.0 points, led by Cazmon Hayes at 12.0 ppg. Eric Carter leads the team in rebounding at 7.8 rpg. Opponents are shooting just .387 from the field against the Blue Hens. Martin Ingelsby, who spent the previous 13 seasons on the Notre Dame coaching staff, is in his first year as the head coach of the Blue Hens.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity