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Late Free Throws Lift Brown Over Yale

Alex Copeland (
Alex Copeland (

Copeland Scores 26 Points To Pace Bulldogs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - If the first two weekends are any indication, it's going to be quite an Ivy League regular season. Yale earned a hard-fought victory over Brown last weekend to kickoff Ivy play, but in the rematch Friday at the Pizzitola Center, the Bears escaped with a narrow win. Obi Okolie made two free throws with 5.5 seconds left to snap a 77-77 tie and Brown held on for an 81-80 victory.

Alex Copeland scored a career-high 26 points to pace the Bulldogs, while Trey Phills added 19.

Desmond Cambridge led four Brown players in double figures with 16 points. Okobie and Tamenang Choh each scored 12 and Brandon Anderson contributed 11.

The game featured nine ties and 13 lead changes.

The final tie came when Yale's Miye Oni hit two free throws with 33 seconds left.

The Bears held for the last shot, and Okobie was fouled pulling up for a jump shot.

After he made both free throws, the Bulldogs quickly got the ball to half court and called timeout with 4.4 seconds left. Yale executed the ensuing in-bounds play to near perfection. Blake Reynolds sent a pass toward the basket to a cutting Oni in the lane. Oni got off an off-balance layup but it narrowly rimmed out.

Choh grabbed the rebound and was immediately fouled. He made both free throws to increase Brown's lead to four. Copeland hit a long three-pointer as time expired.

Copeland and Phills were dominant throughout the game. Copeland finished 10-of-13 from the field, while Phills was 8-of-9.

Yale (8-10, 1-1 Ivy) shot 50 percent from the field but was just 5-of-20 from three-point range and 17-of-27 from the foul line.

The Bears (8-7, 1-1 Ivy) connected on 7-of-19 three-pointers and were 24-of-31 from the foul line.

The Bulldogs scored the first six points of the game and had a seven-point lead midway through the first half. Brown, though, ran off 12 straight points to go ahead by five, but Yale closed the half on a 16-3 run and had a 38-33 lead at the break.

The second half was more of the same as the team's traded the lead.

NOTES: Phills had his second straight big game against Brown. Last Friday, he scored a career-high 23 points in Yale's 78-72 victory… The loss snapped the Bulldogs' seven-game winning streak against the Bears. Yale still leads the all-time series 108-53… There were 46 fouls called in the game and the two teams combined to shoot 58 free throws… The Bulldogs return to Lee Amphitheater next Friday to host Harvard at 7 p.m. The game will be televised in Connecticut on WCTX (MyTV9) in addition to airing on the Ivy League Network… Dartmouth visits on Saturday, also a 7 p.m. tip.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity