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Oni Scores 1,000th Career Point; Bulldogs Roll

Miye Oni's 1,000th career point. (Don Clark photo)
Miye Oni's 1,000th career point. (Don Clark photo)

Yale Cruises Past Skidmore 88-59; Finishes Non-Conference Play 10-3

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Miye Oni got the preliminaries over quickly. Oni's second basket of the game, a dunk with 17:32 left in the first half, put him over the 1,000-career point mark. From there, the Bulldogs went about taking care of the more important task – finishing non-conference play on a positive note.

Mission accomplished. Six Bulldogs scored in double figures as Yale cruised to an 88-59 win over Skidmore at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

The Bulldogs will head into Ivy League play with a 10-3 overall record and on a six-game winning streak. Yale's only loss since Dec. 1 came at No. 1 Duke.

"We had a lot of challenges. I can't believe how many miles we travelled, and we came through fairly unscathed," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "Having 10 wins in non-conference play is huge for us. Now we hope to get better as we go forward."

Yale kicks off the Ivy League season on Jan. 19 at Brown.

Jordan Bruner, who had 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the victory, feels the Bulldogs haven't reached their full potential.

"Our expectations are a little higher than everybody else's expectations," he said. "We dropped one early to Memphis that we thought we should have had, we struggled at Vermont and we felt we could have played Duke better. We have a lot to improve on and a lot of time to do it. There is a long way to go."

Oni led a balanced attack with 15 points. Blake Reynolds and Paul Atkinson added 14, Alex Copeland scored 12, and Trey Phills joined Bruner with 10 points.

All 18 players on the roster saw action.

Yale shot 54.4 percent from the field, scored 26 fast break points and had 21 assists.

"One of our strengths is transition. When we start to push the tempo, we do a lot better," Bruner said.

The Bulldogs, who outrebounded the Thoroughbreds 43-32, had a 14-2 lead after five minutes and never looked back. The lead grew to as many as 30 points in the second half.

Noah Meren and Edvinas Rupkus led a scrappy Skidmore squad with 13 points. Chase Ta added six assists.

Oni, a junior, became the 28th player in school history to score at least 1,000 career points. The last two Bulldogs to accomplish the feat were Javier Duren '15 and Justin Sears '16, both in the 2014-15 season.

The 10-3 start is Yale's best since the 1991-92 team also won 10 of its first 13. The 10 wins are the most for the Bulldogs heading into Ivy play since the 2014-15 team was 11-6.

The Ivy opener at Brown is a 3:30 p.m. start at the Pizzitola Center.

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