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Battle Of Bulldogs Wednesday At JLA

Miye Oni (Steve Musco photo)
Miye Oni (Steve Musco photo)

Yale Hosts Bryant In Second Game Of Doubleheader

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale closes out a very busy month of November by hosting Bryant on Wednesday. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. at the John J. Lee Amphitheater following the Yale-Providence women's game which gets under way at 6 p.m. Both the Ivy League Network and ESPN3 have the video.

The Bulldogs (4-4) have won three of their last four games, including a very impressive 76-66 victory at Delaware on Monday night. Yale played its best half of the season in building a 46-25 lead after 20 minutes. The Bulldogs had leads of 22-10 after seven minutes, 34-12 with seven minutes left and 40-16 with 4:30 remaining.

Yale, which had assists on 23 of its 29 field goals, certainly made an impression on Delaware head coach Martin Ingelsby. "We lost to a really good team tonight," he told the News-Journal following the game. "I think it's a great teachable moment for our group to be able to see that team enjoy playing together and enjoy each other's successes because they have a team. It was fun to watch that team because they play the game the right way and they share the basketball and I hope that's something that we can learn from and be better moving forward."

The Bulldogs have three players averaging double figures in scoring, led by Miye Oni at 15.9 ppg. Oni has scored at least 15 points in each of his last five games. Alex Copeland (10.6 ppg.) and Blake Reynolds (10.6 ppg.) also are double figure scorers. There are seven players averaging at least 7.6 points.

Yale had five players out of the lineup with injuries in Monday's win over Delaware, including projected starters Makai Mason and Jordan Bruner.

Yale's four losses (Creighton, Wisconsin, Albany, Vermont) have been to teams that have a combined 19-7 overall record. Three of the teams were unbeaten when they played the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs currently lead the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.483) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.267) and are second in assists (16.1 per game).

A busy week for the Bulldogs continues when they leave for Texas Thursday afternoon. Yale plays at TCU on Saturday. The Bulldogs won't return to the friendly confines of Lee Amphitheater until a game with Monmouth on Dec. 22.

HISTORY LESSONS

Yale and Bryant have played every year since 2009. Yale is 3-1 against the Bulldogs at Lee Amphitheater, including a 79-40 win in 2015. Bryant, though, won the last meeting, a 79-70 victory last November in Rhode Island. Bryant overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to win. Overall, Yale holds a 6-3 advantage in the series.

SCOUTING BRYANT

Bryant (1-5) is coming off an 81-67 loss to Brown on Sunday. The Bulldogs have played a very challenging schedule with games vs. Georgia, NC State and Rutgers among their six. Three sophomores - Adam Grant (17.5 ppg.), Sabastian Townes (13.8 ppg.) and Ikenna Ndugba (10.5 ppg.) lead Bryant in scoring.  Tim O'Shea, who is in his 10th year as head coach, spent two years as an assistant coach at Yale under Dick Kuchen. There also is another familiar face on the sideline. Associate head coach Happy Dobbs is a former Brown head coach.

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