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Winning Streak Reaches Three With Rout At Dartmouth

Alex Copeland
Alex Copeland

Reynolds Scores 17 Points To Pace Yale

HANOVER, N.H. – Yale's offense picked up right where it left off in last weekend's sweep of Columbia and Cornell. The Bulldogs shot 47 percent from the field, better when it mattered, and had 21 assists in a surprisingly easy 77-65 victory over Dartmouth at Leede Arena that wasn't as close as the final score indicated.

Blake Reynolds scored 17 points to lead the way. Miye Oni added 15 points and Paul Atkinson contributed 13 points and seven rebounds.

It was a really a complete effort. Yale got 23 points from its bench in winning its third straight game. Azar Swain (9 points), Noah Yates (8 points), Eric Monroe (6 points, 5 assists) and Wyatt Yess (2 rebounds, 1 assist) each made significant contributions, particularly in the first half.

"It was a great team win," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "We shared the ball and did the job defensively. It was great to get everybody involved."

Both teams started hot from the field. The score was tied at 17 seven minutes in, but Yale used a 15-6 run, capped by a Trey Phills layup, to get control.

The lead was 11, 41-29, at halftime, and the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half. Back-to-back three-pointers from Oni gave Yale its largest lead, 75-50, with 5:40 left. The Bulldogs coasted from there.

Oni had another strong all-around game, finishing with seven rebounds and five assists while committing just one turnover.

"Miye is doing a great job taking care of the ball," Jones said.

The Bulldogs also were bolstered by a strong shooting night from Reynolds, who was 6-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range. Reynolds had been struggling from the field in recent weeks.

"I've just tried to shoot through it, and keep my confidence high," he said. "My teammates have believed in me, which makes it easier."

Yale's defense was strong as well, limiting Dartmouth to just 44 percent shooting. The Big Green was just 2-of-9 from three-point range in the second half.

"We've focused on toughening up on defense and have done a lot better job of rotating," Reynolds said.

Miles Wright paced the Big Green with 18 points, while Will Emery scored 15.

The win, coupled with Brown's loss at Harvard, moved the Bulldogs into sole possession of third place.

"Everything we want is still ahead of us," Jones said.

NOTES: Atkinson was 5-of-6 from the field and remains the Ivy leader in field goal percentage… The Bulldogs had 21 assists and just 12 turnovers… The Bulldogs swept the season series from Dartmouth for the third straight year… Yale plays at Harvard on Saturday. Tip is slated for 9:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

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