Thursday, March 3, 2011

Yale Athletics Game Notes for Visit to Cornell

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs conclude the regular season with a trip to Columbia on Friday and Cornell on Saturday. The start time for both games is 7 p.m.

Yale is coming off a thrilling weekend sweep of Dartmouth and Harvard. The Bulldogs edged Dartmouth 79-75 in overtime and followed it up with a 70-69 victory that knocked Harvard out of first place. In fact, all 12 of Yale's Ivy games have been decided by nine points or less. The Bulldogs have never played a full league season where all 14 games were decided by single digits. Yale has played two one-point games (70-69 win over Harvard, 71-70 victory over Cornell), one two-point game (60-58 loss to Penn), one three-point game (78-75 loss to Harvard) and two four-point games (79-75 overtime victory over Dartmouth, 67-63 loss to Princeton). Yale's five Ivy losses have come by a combined 24 points. The Bulldogs are already guaranteed their 11th straight fourth-place or better finish. A pair of victories would secure third-place and give Yale 16 overall wins, its most since 2001-02. Individually Greg Mangano is trying to become the first Ivy player to average a double-double both overall and in just Ivy games since Harvard's Kyle Snowden in 1995-96. Snowden averaged 15.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg. in all games and 14.1 ppg, 10.8 rpg. in Ivy games. Mangano is currently averaging 16.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg. overall and 18.6 ppg., 10.3 rpg. in league games. The last Yale player to average a double-double for the season is Chris Dudley (17.6 ppg., 13.3 rpg. in 1986-87). Mangano also has 83 blocks, the third most in a season in Ivy history. He is seven shy of Princeton's Chris Young, who had 90 in 1999-2000 and nine behind Brian Gilpin, who had 92 in 1994-95. Mangano's 49 blocks in Ivy games are a new league record. He is eighth in the nation in blocked shots per game (3.2) and 24th in rebounding.


Yale was picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League by the select panel of 17 Ivy media representatives prior to the start of the season. However, for the fifth time in the last six years, the Bulldogs will finish higher than projected.


Yale leads the Ivy League in blocked shots (125), is second in field goal percentage defense (.420) and third in scoring defense (66.8 ppg.) and free throw percentage (.741). In Ivy only games, the Bulldogs have a league best 71 blocks. Yale is tied for second in field goal percentage defense (.418) and third in scoring defense (65.4 ppg.).


The Bulldogs are looking to sweep the season series from Columbia for the second straight year. Yale built a 16-point halftime lead in a 72-67 victory over the Lions on Feb. 5. Michael Grace was 5-for-5 from the field and scored 11 points off the bench for the Bulldogs. Yale has won four straight games over Columbia but still trails in the all-time series 122-97.

The Bulldogs are trying to sweep the season series from Cornell for the first time since 2004. In the first meeting, Yale rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final two minutes to escape with a 71-70 victory. Austin Morgan's three-point play with 12 seconds left capped the comeback. Cornell leads the all-time series 107-102.



The Big Red (8-18, 4-8 Ivy) has won four of its last seven games, including a thrilling 74-72 victory over Penn at The Palestra last Saturday. Chris Wroblewski leads Cornell in scoring (14.3 ppg.) and assists (5.7 apg.), while Drew Ferry is pouring in 11.7 ppg. Sophomore Errick Peck is the third double figure scorer, averaging 11.2 ppg. Cornell ranks seventh nationally in 3-point field goals per game (9.0). In the last eight games, the Big Red's bench has outscored its opponents bench 355-156 (an average of 44.4-19.5).


2011-12 SCHEDULE

The 2011-12 Yale schedule is starting to take shape. The season is tentatively set to begin on Nov. 12 against Central Connecticut at the Connecticut 6 Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The Bulldogs will play non-league road games at Quinnipiac, Seton Hall, Army, Hartford, Sacred Heart, Rhode Island, Wake Forest and Florida. Vermont, Bryant and Holy Cross are scheduled to visit Lee Amphitheater.

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