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Bulldogs Roll To 107-42 Victory Over Curry

Paul Atkinson (Steve Musco photo)
Paul Atkinson (Steve Musco photo)

Swain Leads Balanced Attack With 20 Points

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs accomplished exactly what James Jones hoped they would in Sunday's 107-42 thrashing of Curry College. Jones got a look at the entire roster and worked on a couple of areas as Yale cruised to an easy win.

"It's a good building block," said the Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach. "It was great to get everybody involved."

In all, 11 players saw action and all scored. First-year Azar Swain led the way with 20 points. Trey Phills added 18 points, and Eric Monroe and Alex Copeland each contributed 10 points.

First-years Paul Atkinson and Wyatt Yess controlled the boards. Atkinson nearly tallied his first career double-double, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds. Yess grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with eight points.

Yale outrebounded the Colonials 48-28.

Noah Yates added nine points, Thomas Ryan contributed eight points, Blake Reynolds had six, Eric Anderson scored three and Jameel Alausa had two.

Yale (2-3) shot nearly 60 percent from the field and held Curry to 29.3 percent.

"We just tried to focus on ourselves and how we can improve and use this as a way to get better as a unit," said Swain, who was 8-of-12 from the field and added four assists in 22 minutes.

The Bulldogs' offense was sharp. Yale had 31 assists on 43 field goals.

"We shared the ball very well," Swain said.

Yale had a 6-0 lead one minute into game and never looked back. The lead was 26-9 after 10 minutes and 55-13 at halftime.

The only drama in the second half was whether the Bulldogs would set a school record for margin of victory. Yale led by as many as 68 but had to settle for matching a 65-point win over Oberlin in 2013.

NOTES: Miye Oni missed the game with a minor injury. Monroe made his first career start in Oni's place…Kieran Carroll and Barak Swartzz led Curry with 10 points apiece… A busy start to the season continues for the Bulldogs, who leave for Lorman, Mississippi, on Monday. They play at Alcorn State on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. EST.

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