Gamecenter: Yale 71, Brown 63

1st 2nd Final
Yale (7-12, 1-1 Ivy) 37 34 71
Brown (7-12, 1-1 Ivy) 27 36 63
Pizzitola Sports Center – Providence, RI Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Brown closed a 14-point deficit with 15 minutes to go to just one point after a Matt Mullery layup with 6:55 left. Yale forward Michael Sands answered with a pair of free throws and guard Porter Braswell nailed a three to push the Bulldogs advantage back to 60-54. Bears guard Garrett Leffelman sunk a jumper to close the gap back to four, but Sands got an offensive board off a missed jumper by Alex Zampier and put back a layup to put the Bulldogs back up six with four minutes remaining.
Key sign it was over Mullery dropped in a layup with a foul with 54 seconds to go and hit the subsequent free throw to make it 66-63. Yale managed to bleed 20 seconds off the clock before the Bears fouled Bulldogs forward Paul Nelson. Nelson hit both to put Yale back up five, and Braswell got a steal to get the ball back for Yale, which iced the game from there. In total, Yale nailed five of its six free throws in the final minute en route to the 71-63 win.
Key performance Zampier led all scorers with 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting. He had nine points in the final nine minutes, answering a few big Brown buckets with jumpers and free throws. To go along with his 22 points, Zampier added three assists and four steals.
Key statistic The Bears posted their fourth-worst shooting performance of the season and their fifth-worst offensive rebounding night of the year, as the league’s third-most efficient offense stumbled noticeably last night. Freshman Tucker Halpern went 1-for-13 from the field and 0-for-5 from three, but did contribute on the defensive end with 10 rebounds. Adding to Brown’s offensive woes, Mullery turned the ball over more times (7) than the entire rest of the Brown team (6).

– Mullery’s performance was a true mixed bag. He shot 7-of-13 from the field and hit his only attempt from three, but went 4-for-9 from the line. His 19-point, 9-rebound performance was solid, but his seven turnovers weren’t

– Yale forward Greg Mangano had 12 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five blocks. He fouled out on Mullery’s three-point play with 54 seconds to go.

– Brown got within one a few times in the game but never led during the contest.

– The two sides were almost even in turnovers as Yale had 12 and Brown had 13, but the Bulldogs won the points off turnovers battle 13-4.

– Brown and Yale have split the travel partner series now four out of the past five years.

Michael James

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