Bears Fall To Yale Again 73-60

Sunday, January 22, 2012


The re-match between Brown and Yale took a different route than the first game, but in the end the result was the same, with Yale coming away with a 73-60 Ivy League win over Brown in a snow delayed game at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win lifts Yale’s record to 12-4 overall, 2-0 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 5-13, 0-2 in Ivy play.

In the first meeting a week ago, Brown led for most of the game before falling behind in the game’s final minutes. This time, Yale, who arrived an hour late because of slow travel conditions on I-95, had control for the majority of the game and never trailed in the second half.

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Rebounding proved to be a major factor in the game with Yale out-rebounding the Bears by a 49-31 margin. Both teams struggled from the field with Yale shooting 42-percent (25 of 59) and Brown just 35-percent (21 of 60).

Yale senior All-Ivy center Greg Mangano, the Ivy League’s leading scorer, stood out for the Bulldogs with a double-double, scoring 18 points on 7 of 15 shooting from the field, while grabbing a game high 11 rebounds. Junior Reggie Willhite (13 points) and Austin Morgan (10 points) also scored in double figures for the Bulldogs.

Junior guard Stephen Albrecht kept the Bears in the game by scoring a career high 23 points, connecting on 8 of 19 field goals with four treys. Bears’ sophomore guard Sean McGonagill chipped in with 11 points. Junior center Andrew McCarthy battled with six points, a team high seven rebounds, and two blocked shots.

McGonagill and four of his teammates were benched just over 5 minutes into the second half after Yale went on a quick 6-0 run to take a 52-45 lead. While his other four teammates eventually re-entered the game, McGonagill remained on the bench for the game’s final 14:42.

When asked after the game why he did not put his leading scorer and best player back into the game, Brown head coach Jesse Agel replied, “coach’s decision.”

Several sources confirmed that McGonagill had simply asked his coach what he had done wrong to get taken out of the game. Whatever the case may be, it was a very winnable game for the Bears made that much more difficult by not having their best player on the floor. A visibly shaken McGonagill was in tears walking off the floor after shaking hands with his Yale counterparts.

Yale jumped out to an early 15-9 advantage, but the Bears quickly recovered and held a 25-21 lead on a trey by McGonagill with 7:09 left in the half. The score changed five times in the half before Yale pulled ahead, 38-35, at intermission.

The Elis kept up the pressure in the second half and built a54-45 advantage with 13:40 left on a lay-up by Jesse Pritchard.

Brown clawed its way back into the game and pulled to within four points, 56-52, on another Harris trey with 7:45 left in the game. But the Bulldogs out-scored the Bears, 13-5over the next five minutes to take its biggest lead, 69-57, on a jump shot by Jeremiah Kreisberg.

Brown returns to action Monday evening, January 23, traveling to Smithfield, Rhode Island to face cross-state rival Bryant University. Former Brown men’s basketball head coach Frank Dobbs is now an assistant coach with the Bulldogs. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.


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