Yale Goes Off In First Half To Beat Lafayette

Yale scored a season high 51 first half points en route to an 82-60 win over Lafayette. The Bulldogs shot nearly 60% from the field and beyond the arc in the first half.

The opening 5 minutes were a prelude to what was to come for Yale. The Bulldogs opened up with a 13-6 while hitting three of five three pointer shots. With 7:17 left in the half, Yale nearly double their lead to 13 points with the score at 29-16. While Yale did miss shots, it did not seem like they missed many at the rate they were scoring. Yale held a 51-28 lead at the break.

Lafayette shot a decent 44.4% from the field in the first half (12 of 27). They hit only 2 of 7 three pointers (28.6%) with 8 turnovers and were crushed on the glass by Yale 19 to 11. Seth Hinrichs led the Leopards with 7 points in the first half while 9 different players scored at least 2 points for Lafayette. Yale was led by Armani Cotton with 11 points and 7 rebounds while Makai Mason scored 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting. The Bulldogs went 20 of 34 in the first half (58.8%) and hit 9 of 16 three pointers (56.2%).

The second half was not nearly as good to Yale, but the 23 lead they built up by the break was more than enough to get the win. The lead oscillated between 20 and 25 points for much of the half though Lafayette was able to get it as low as 15 points with 6:44 left in the game. Bryce Scott led Lafayette in scoring for the last 20 minutes with 8 points. The Leopards went 13 of 29 from the field (44.8%) and hit 4 of 11 threes (36.4%). Yale was led by Justin Sears who scored 11 of the team’s 31 points. The Bulldogs shot just 37.5% from the field in the second half (37.5%) and missed all 4 three pointers. They did out-rebound Lafayette 28-9 in the second half.

For the game, Lafayette had three scorers in double figures with Seth Hinrichs and Nick Lindner both finishing at 11 points each. Bryce Scott had 10 points while Zach Rufer and Monty Boykins both chipped in 8 points. Lafayette went 25 of 56 from the field (44.6%) and 6 of 18 from beyond the arc (33.3%). The Leopards hit 4 of 9 free throws (44.4%), had 9 steals, and committed 15 turnovers.

For Yale, it was a dominating effort led by Justin Sears’ 17 points and 9 rebounds. Javier Duren had 15 points and 7 rebounds with Armani Cotton scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 boards. Makai Mason finished with 10 points and Sam Downey had 8 points and 6 rebounds. The Bulldogs went 29 of 58 from the field (50%) and hit 9 of 20 three pointers (45%). They shot a poor 15 of 23 from the charity stripe (65.2%), but absolutely dominated on the glass with 47 rebounds to Lafayette’s 20. They also blocked 7 shots and committed 19 turnovers.

Lafayette (3-2) travels to face Fairleigh Dickinson (2-2) on Sunday afternoon. Yale (5-1) has won five in a row after dropping the season opener. They have a big test on the road at Providence (5-0) on Friday afternoon.


Cornell Stops 3 Game Slide With Win Over Canisius

Galal Cancer’s 18 points were enough to lead Cornell past Canisius 67-60 on Wednesday night. The win ended a three game losing streak for the Big Red, which occurred at the Charleston Classic.

It was even beginning for both teams as neither could grab a strong upper hand in the contest. Canisius led by as much as four points at 16-12, but Cornell came back with an 8-0 run to take a 20-16. The Big Red led by as high as 7 points, but that would not last as both teams finished the first half deadlocked at 32.

In that first half, Zach Lewis led Canisius with 8 points. Jamal Reynolds, Jermaine Crumpton, and Jeremiah Williams all had 5 points each for the Griffins. The team went 10 of 28 from the field (35.7%) and 2 of 9 from beyond the arc (22.2%). They hit 10 of 14 free throws (71.4%) and committed 8 turnovers.

Galal Cancer and Darryl Smith both had 10 points for Cornell. Cancer had 7 rebounds in the first half as well. The Big Red went 12 of 29 from the field (41.4%) and 1 of 5 from three point land (20%). They hit 7 of 11 from the charity stripe (63.6%), out-rebounded Canisius 23 to 18, but committed 18 turnovers.

Cornell took an early second half lead opening up on an 10-2 run to grab command at 42-34. That run was led by two Shonn Miller dunks while he had 7 of the 10 points. The Big Red extended the lead to double digits, but the Griffins made it a 53-49 game with seven and a half minutes left to play. Cancer responded with the next 5 points to build the lead back up to 9 points. Canisius cut the deficit back to 4 points with under two minutes to go, but clutch free throw from Cornell preserved the win.

Jermain Crumpton led Canisius in the second half with 10 points. The Griffins shot an awful 9 of 29 in the second half (31%) and hit 4 of 12 three pointers (33.3%). In addition, they hit only 6 of 12 free throws (50%) and committed 7 turnovers. Neither team had an advantage on the glass with both grabbing 17 rebounds in the second half.

Cornell had joint scorers once again in the second half. Galal Cancer and Shonn Miller both had 8 points with Miller grabbing 6 rebounds as well. The Big Red were selective in their shots, but hit 9 of 18 from the field (50%) and were 3 of 10 from three point range (30%). They hit 14 of 20 free throws (70%) but committed 10 turnovers.

Jermaine Crumpton led Canisius in scoring for the whole game finishing with 15 points on 4 of 7 shooting. Zach Lewis had 14 points and Jeremiah Williams had 10 points. The Griffins went 19 of 57 from the field (33.3%) and 6 of 21 from beyond the arc (28.6%). They hit 16 of 26 free throws (61.5%), had 7 steals, and committed 15 turnovers.

The Big Red were led by Cancer’s 18 points and 8 rebounds. Darryl Smith finished with 13 points on 2 of 2 shooting and hitting 8 of 9 free throws. Shonn Miller scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while David Onuorah had 9 points and 4 boards. Cornell went 21 of 47 from the field (44.7%) and 4 of 15 from three point range (26.7%). They hit 21 of 31 free throws (67.7%), out-rebounded Canisius 40-35, had 9 steals, blocked 4 shots, and committed an awful 23 turnovers.

Canisius (2-2) face Buffalo (3-1) on Saturday at home. Cornell (3-4) travels to face Binghamton (1-5) on Saturday afternoon.

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