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Textbook First Half Leads Yale Over Delaware

Alex Copeland (photo courtesy of Jeff Fannon)
Alex Copeland (photo courtesy of Jeff Fannon)

Bulldogs Overwhelm Blue Hens

NEWARK, Delaware – Yale may not want to wait 111 years to play its next game in the state of Delaware. The Bulldogs used a near flawless first half to build a big lead and coasted to a 76-66 victory over the University of Delaware before a crowd of 2,119 at the Bob Carpenter Center.

It was Yale's first game in the state since a 27-11 win over what was then called Delaware College back in 1906.

The Bulldogs had three players score in double figures, led by Miye Oni, who had 16 points. Blake Reynolds added 15 and Alex Copeland scored 12.

Yale (4-4) was dominant in the first half. The Bulldogs had a 22-10 lead after seven minutes, a 34-12 advantage with seven minutes left and a 40-16 lead with 4:30 remaining.

Yale shot 51.5 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and was 7-of-11 from three-point range.

The end result was a 46-25 advantage at the break.

"It was a textbook first half," said James Jones, The Joel E, Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

Delaware made a couple of pushes in the second half but never got closer than 10.

The Blue Hens, who opened the season with a win at Richmond, came into the game with a two-game winning streak and a 4-2 overall record.

The Bulldogs, who had five players out with injuries, have won three of their last four games.

"Overall this was a step in the right direction, especially for our offense," said Oni, who was 6-of-14 from the field.

The Bulldogs got strong play from the front court. In addition to Reynolds' 15 points, Paul Atkinson had eight points, Noah Yates contributed five points and four rebounds and Wyatt Yess added two points, four rebounds and drew a charge.

"We knew we had a size advantage," Oni said. "We wanted to get the ball inside, and we did that really well, especially in the first half."

Reynolds had a couple of big baskets in the second half when the Blue Hens looked like they might seize the momentum.

"Blake was really good for us," Oni said.

Yale's bench was once again a big factor as well. Eric Monroe had seven points, five assists and zero turnovers in 20 minutes. Azar Swain added nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from three-point range.

The Bulldogs had assists on 23 of their 29 field goals and committed only eight turnovers in the game.

NOTES: Yale stopped on its way down to Delaware on Sunday to practice at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey… Chris Vincent, who is in his third year as Yale's Director of Basketball Operations, came to New Haven after spending the 2014-15 season as the video coordinator at Delaware… A very busy stretch continues for the Bulldogs when they host Bryant on Wednesday. Tip at the John J. Lee Amphitheater is slated for 8 p.m. following the Yale-Providence women's game, which gets under way at 6 p.m… The Bulldogs then fly to Texas late Thursday afternoon and play at TCU on Saturday night.

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