Bryant beats Yale in Battle of Bulldogs
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
It was the battle of the bulldogs Wednesday night in New Haven, CT.
Fortunately for Bryant, their Bulldogs proved just a bit tougher in easing by Yale's Bulldogs, 72-64 at the John Lee Amphitheater. The win moves Bryant to 6-2 on the season, while Yale falls to 4-4.
Despite shooting 52% from the floor for the game, and 40% outside from three point range, Bryant found themselves trailing Yale at halftime 31-27, with Yale squeezing just a few extra shots off and holding a 17-12 advantage on the backboards as the only real advantage. For the game, Yale outscored Bryant 14-2 in second chance points to keep things close.
Bryant imposed its will on Yale in the second half, led by game-high totals from Alex Francis and Dyami Starks (22 points each). Defensively, the difference came from Bryant's holding Yale to a mere 1-11 performance from three-point range and 39% shooting overall, while connecting on 57% of their own shots in the half. Starks also scored 17 of his 22 in the second half (3-6 from three) to lead the way on offense after missing his teams' win over Salve Regina last weekend. Starks entered the game 14th nationally in scoring at 23 points per game.
Corey Maynard also scored 14 for Bryant in the effort, while Yale was led by Javier Duren's 17 points, and 10 from Yale's top scorer Justin Sears, who was held to seven points below his per game average. Yale's Bulldogs managed to shoot just 14% from the arc for the game.
Bryant is now 3-1 against Ivy League teams this season, including a win over Brown. Next up will be North Dakota State to kick off the Black Rock Gotham Classic on Saturday, Dec. 7th at 1:00 pm, at the Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield. The Bulldogs willl then hit the road to take on Notre Dame (Dec. 9) and No. 3 Ohio State (Dec. 11), and will wrap up the Gotham Classic against the University of Delaware at Madison Square Garden on December 21.