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Back At Home, Bulldogs Roll Over Dartmouth 73-64

Jordan Bruner (Steve Musco photo)
Jordan Bruner (Steve Musco photo)

Seven Players Contribute At Least Eight Points

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's balanced attack was on full display Friday against Dartmouth. Seven players scored at least eight points as the Bulldogs cruised to a 73-64 victory over the Big Green at the John. J. Lee Amphitheater.

Alex Copeland (14 points) and Trey Phills (10 points) were the only Bulldogs to reach double figures in scoring. Blake Reynolds, Miye Oni and Jordan Bruner each added nine points, while Sam Downey and Eric Monroe both contributed eight.

James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs, is well aware of the headaches his deep offense can cause for opponents.

"It makes us hard to guard," he said.

That was certainly the case against the Big Green. Yale shot 60.7 percent from the field in the first half and 57.4 percent for the game.

The Bulldogs were particularly effective getting to the rim.

"Their defense gave us opportunities to drive to the basket, and our guards took advantage," Jones said.

Copeland was one of the beneficiaries. He finished 7-of-12 from the field in reaching double figures for the first time since the game at Princeton on Jan. 14.

"My teammates put me in good spots," he said. "I've been in a bit of a quiet stretch, but I knew the shots would fall."

The Bulldogs (14-6) have won five straight games and 12 of their last 14. Yale sits in second place at 6-1 at the midpoint of the Ivy League season, one game behind Princeton.

The Bulldogs also extended their home winning streak to 22, the fifth longest active streak in the nation.

Dartmouth (4-16, 1-6 Ivy) had a five-point lead midway through the first half and was ahead 26-24 with 6:39 left before the break. A Monroe three-pointer, though, ignited a 16-4 run that gave Yale a 40-30 halftime lead.

The Big Green scored the first five points of the second half, but the Bulldogs answered with a 12-2 run, capped by an Anthony Dallier three-point play.

Yale's lead grew to as many as 19 before Dartmouth made a late run that was far too late.

Evan Boudreaux paced the Big Green with 15 points. He entered the night as the Ivy League's leading rebounder, but the Bulldogs limited him to just three boards.

Yale outrebounded the Big Green 34-26 for the game.

"We do everything we can to get every rebound," said Bruner, who led the team with eight. He also had four of Yale's eight blocked shots.

The Bulldogs will look for a weekend sweep when Harvard visits on Saturday.

"I expect a game where we have to play well to win," Jones said. "Yale-Harvard is always special."

NOTES:

There are a limited number of standing room and obstructed view tickets remaining for Saturday's Harvard game, which is a 7 p.m. tip. The Yale box office will open at 5 p.m… Phills was 2-of-2 from the foul line and has now made 25 straight free throws dating back to the game at Brown on Jan. 20. Phills was also outstanding at the defensive end, contributing three steals and two blocked shots in 27 minutes of action… Yale's bench scored 32 points… Dallier had four assists to go along with his five points in 27 minutes… Yale is now 30-5 in Ivy play over the last three seasons… The Bulldogs made five three-pointers. As part of the Coaches Vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, fans can make a pledge for each 3-point shot the Bulldogs make from February 1st – March 4th by visiting https://pledgeit.org/cvc-yale. Each donation will support the American Cancer Society's research, education and patient programs.

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