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Bulldogs Drop Overtime Heartbreaker At Princeton

Trey Phills (Scott Greenwald photo)
Trey Phills (Scott Greenwald photo)

Phills Posts First Career Double-Double For Yale

The last two Ivy League champions staged an epic battle Friday night at Jadwin Gym. 2017 winner Princeton edged 2016 champ Yale 76-73 in overtime before a highly entertained crowd of 2,093.

Princeton freshman Jerome Desrosiers hit the biggest shot of the game, a three-pointer with 36 seconds left in overtime that snapped a 73-73 tie. It was one of only two field goals for Desrosiers.

Yale had two opportunities to tie on the ensuing possession but missed a pair of three-pointers. The Bulldogs also missed a desperation three-pointer from half court as time expired.

The Tigers (11-8, 3-1 Ivy) had three players play more than 40 minutes, and all three scored in double figures. Myles Stephens led the way with 18 points, while Devin Cannady and Amir Bell each added 16.

Trey Phills posted his first career double-double (17 points, 14 rebounds) to pace the Bulldogs (9-12, 2-3 Ivy). Alex Copeland scored 18 points, and Blake Reynolds contributed 15 points.

"Tonight was one of the more complete games we've played [this season]," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "The thing we didn't do a good job of tonight was cleaning up the rim. We gave up a number of offensive rebound putbacks, and that helped them stay in the game."

The Tigers finished with eight offensive rebounds, which they converted into 13 second-chance points.

The Bulldogs had a 35-33 lead at halftime, which they quickly increased to 10 early in the second half. Princeton, though, rallied and tied the score at 57 on a Desrosiers three-pointer with 5:56 left.

Yale had the lead back at five after a Copeland a jumper with 3:11 remaining, but the Tigers scored the next five points to tie.

The Bulldogs had the final possession of regulation, but Phills' three-pointer from the wing rimmed out, forcing the extra period.

Princeton had a three-point lead with 1:47 left in the extra period, but Phills' conventional three-point play tied the score at 73 with 53 seconds remaining.

Phills had another strong game, finishing in double figures for the fifth straight time. He was 6-of-11 from the field, and the 14 rebounds were a career high. All 17 of his points came in the second half.

"He's been doing that all month," Jones said of Phills. "He's been playing extremely well going to the basket."

NOTES: Yale's three Ivy League losses have come by a combined six points… The game was a rematch of last year's Ivy League Tournament championship game… Reynolds returned to the Yale lineup after missing last Saturday's game with Dartmouth due to a hamstring injury… The Bulldogs were 9-of-9 from the free throw line… Yale, which leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage, shot 49.2 percent from the field… The Bulldogs are at Penn on Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at The Palestra. The Quakers also played overtime on Friday, edging Brown 95-90.

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