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Bulldogs Stay Hot, Knock Off Bryant 84-67

Azar Swain (Steve Musco photo)
Azar Swain (Steve Musco photo)

Three Players Score In Double Figures

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2017-18 edition of the Yale men's basketball team is starting to find its identity. In Monday's 76-66 win at Delaware, the Bulldogs had 23 assists on 29 field goals. It was more of the same on Wednesday in an 84-67 victory over Bryant when Yale had 24 assists on 31 field goals.

"We took a huge step at Delaware playing as a team," said junior Blake Reynolds, who paced the Bulldogs with 18 points in the win over Bryant.

Reynolds had plenty of support as Yale rolled to a victory in a battle of Bulldogs on Wednesday at Lee Amphitheater. Alex Copeland added 15 points, Miye Oni scored 14 and first year Paul Atkinson was 4-of-5 from the field and finished with nine points.

Yale, which has won four of its last five games, shot 55 percent from the field and made 13 three-pointers.

"We continue to show improvement," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We moved the ball well and did a good job making sure everyone gets involved."

The Bulldogs' bench outscored Bryant's reserves 21-3. Noah Yates contributed nine points, while first years Azar Swain and Wyatt Yess each added six points.

"Everybody off our bench was very good," Jones said.

Bryant had three players combine to score 64 of its 67 points. Bosko Kostur led the way with 24, while Ikenna Ndugba and Adam Grant each had 20.

Yale (5-4) got off to a quick start and had a 26-11 lead midway through the first half. Bryant then got hot from the field and pulled to within 36-34 on Kostur's three-pointer with 2 minutes left. The Bulldogs, though, closed the half with a 5-2 run and had a 41-36 lead at the break.

The game stayed close for the first 10 minutes of the second half before Yale pulled away. After Bryant closed to within 55-53 with 11 :26 left, the Bulldogs answered with a 13-0 run, capped by an Oni layup.

Bryant never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.

"When it really mattered, we got stops," Reynolds said.

Reynolds finished 7-of-10 from the field and was 4-of-5 from three-point range. He made his first two treys of the game which got him going.

"When the first two go, you feel good," he said. "I got good passes from my teammates."

NOTES: All nine Yale players that saw action had at least one assist. Swain led the way with a career-high seven, while Oni added six… The Bulldogs outrebounded Bryant 37-27. Reynolds and Oni each had seven and Eric Monroe grabbed five… Bryant shot 39.7 percent from the field… Yale leaves for Texas on Thursday afternoon and will play at TCU on Saturday at 8 p.m. EST.

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