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Bulldogs Drop Hard-Fought 75-67 Decision At St. Bonaventure

Eric Monroe (photo courtesy of Craig Melvin)
Eric Monroe (photo courtesy of Craig Melvin)

Copeland Scores 17 Points To Pace Yale

OLEAN, New York – It wasn't the result it wanted, but Yale acquitted itself quite well in a difficult atmosphere Saturday. The Bulldogs held a potent St. Bonaventure offense to 39.7 percent shooting, but the Bonnies did just enough offensively to escape with a 75-67 victory before a raucous crowd of 3,913 at the Reilly Center.

The difference was Jaylen Adams, who scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half as St. Bonaventure erased a 29-25 halftime deficit.

"He's a tremendous player," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "At some point in the game a guy like that is going to get going. Great players make great plays."

Adams was 6-of-15 from the field, 4-of-7 from three-point range and hit all nine of his free throws.

Yale was led by Alex Copeland, who had 17 points and six rebounds. Paul Atkinson and Blake Reynolds each added 14 points.

The Bulldogs were without Miye Oni, Makai Mason and Jordan Bruner.

Yale (6-6) played a strong first half, limiting St. Bonaventure to just 29 percent shooting. The Bonnies, though, are pretty strong defensively as well and their pressure did a good job disrupting the flow in Yale's offense.

Still, the Bulldogs had a 29-25 lead at the break.

Adams got himself going by completing a four-point play that snapped a 35-35 tie early in the second half.

The Bonnies pushed the lead to nine, but Yale rallied. A Copeland layup pulled the Bulldogs within three midway through the second half.

St. Bonaventure (7-2) used another push to get the lead to 11, but Yale again refused to go away. Eric Monroe's pull-up jumper in the lane cut the deficit to six, but Adams made four free throws in the final 22 seconds to seal the victory.

The Bonnies finished with four players in double figures. Matt Mobley, the other half of St. Bonaventure's dynamic backcourt duo, scored 11 points, nearly 10 below his season average.

The Reilly Center was revved up as the Bonnies were hosting there first game televised on the ESPN family of networks since 2003, and the atmosphere was electric.

"It's certainly a raucous environment," Jones said. "It was everything as advertised."

NOTES: This was the first meeting between the teams… The game was televised on ESPNU… The Bonnies forced 21 Yale turnovers which they converted into 21 points… Yale won the battle of the boards 38-33… Monroe scored eight points for the Bulldogs and Trey Phills added seven… Yale was scheduled to fly home after the game and will play at Iona on Tuesday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., and ESPN3 has the video of that one.

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