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Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/20/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/20/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Saturday, December 20, 2014. Yale and Columbia were both in action and like Friday’s games, they were both at home.


Yale Falls To Albany For First Home Loss Of The Season

Yale held a 7 point lead with six minutes to play, but they were unable to hold it in a 64-60 loss to Albany.

A series of three pointers between both teams made it 16-10 at the under 12 TV timeout. The Bulldogs kept it close never letting the lead get larger than 6 points. Javier Duren’s bucket with 1:56 tied the game at 25. Khaliq Ghani’s three pointer as time expired for Yale made it 29-28 in favor of Albany at the break.

Evan Singletary led all scorers in the first half with 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting. The Great Danes shot 48.1% from the field and hit 3 of 8 three pointers (37.5%). Yale was led by Javier Duren and Justin Sears both with 8 points in the first half. The Bulldogs shot 50% from the field and hit 4 of 10 three pointers (40%).

Yale came out strong in the second half by taking the lead in the first minute. They continued to hold the lead and built upon it leading as much as 8 points. Jack Montague’s three pointer with 6:10 remaining made it 56-49 Yale, but that lead dwindled away. A 12-2 run by Albany gave them a 61-58 lead before several free throws allowed Albany to hold on for the four point win.

Sam Rowley and Peter Hooley both had 11 points for Albany in the second half. The Great Danes shot 42.9% in the second half and hit 1 of 5 three pointers. They also hit 16 of 17 free throws (94.1%). Yale was led by Justin Sears, Jack Montague, and Greg Kelley with 6 points apiece. They shot 45.5% in the second half while making 4 of 10 three pointers.

For the game, Evan Singletary had 19 points on 6 of 8 shooting and made 3 of 4 three pointers. Sam Rowley finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds while Peter Hooley had 13 points. The Great Danes went 22 of 48 from the field (45.8%) and made 4 of 13 three pointers (30.8%). They went 16 of 18 from the charity stripe, out-rebounded Yale 27-26, had 10 assists, 8 steals, and committed 12 turnovers.

Yale was led by Justin Sears with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Javier Duren scored 11 points, Jack Montague had 9 points, and 8 points came from Matt Townsend. They went 22 of 46 from the field (47.8%) and hit 8 of 20 threes (40%). They went 8 of 12 from the free throw line (66.7%), had 15 assists, blocked 7 shots, and grabbed 15 turnovers.

Albany (4-6) faces Fairfield (4-6) on Monday night on a two game win streak. Yale (9-4) has lost two of their last three games and faces Sacred Heart (6-4) on the road December 30.


Columbia Rallies In Second Half To Beat Hofstra

Columbia got into a high-scoring game with Hofstra and won it with 29 points from Maodo Lo. Columbia improved to 5-1 at home with the victory.

The teams were deadlocked at 9 before Columbia went on an 11-5 run with all the points scored by Steve Frankoski and Jeff Coby. The Pride rallied to make it 22-21 and eventually claimed the lead at 32-30. The Pride led 38-34 at the end of the first half.

Dion Nesmith led Hofstra in the first half with 13 points. Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley both had 7 points. The Pride shot 40% from the field and hit 4 of 12 three pointers (33.3%). They also hit 14 of 16 free throws. Jeff Coby and Steve Frankoski both had 9 points to lead Columbia. The Lions shot 35.7% from the field and hit 6 of 18 three pointers (33.3%).

The majority of the second half was a back and forth affair. Maodo Lo came out with 8 points in the first six and a half minutes to help Columbia lead 49-46. The Lions led for good at the 10:38 mark with the score 53-51. However, the Lions would not have an easy to the victory despite holding a 10 point lead with 4:34 left to play. In the final minute, the Lions hit 7 of 10 free throws to seal the win.

Juan’ya Green led the Pride in the second half with 12 points while Ameen Tanksley scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. They shot 41.2% from the field and they hit 4 of 12 three pointers (33.3%). Maodo Lo was the top scorer in the second half with 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting (5 of 10 on three pointers). Columbia shot 50% from the field and hit 7 of 17 three pointers (41.2%). They out-rebounded Hofstra 23-16 in the final 20 minutes.

Four Hofstra players ended up scoring in double figures. Green had 19 points and 6 rebounds and Dion Nesmith had 18 points as did Tanksley. Malik Nichols finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the Pride. The Pride went 24 of 59 from the field (40.7%) and hit 8 of 24 three pointers (33.3%). They shot well from the free throw line going 21 of 25 (84%). They had 8 assists, 6 steals, and committed 12 turnovers.

Maodo Lo finished with a game-high 29 points on 10 of 21 shooting including 7 of 15 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed 7 rebounds. Steve Frankoski scored 14 points while grabbing 4 rebounds and having 4 assists. Kyle Castlin finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds. The Lions shot 25 of 58 from the field for the game (43.1%) and hit 13 of 35 three pointers (37.1%). They made 19 of 27 free throws (70.4%), out-rebounded Hofstra 41-35, had 17 assists, and committed 14 turnovers.

Hofstra (7-3) faces La Salle (6-5) Tuesday afternoon at home. Columbia (6-3) faces Connecticut (4-4) in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Monday evening.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/18/2014

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 12/18/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Thursday, December 18, 2014. Yale was the only team to play from the Ivy League as they went on the road to face Vermont.


Yale Wins On Late Bucket From Matt Townsend

A back and forth affair between Yale and Vermont provided a thrilling finish with Matt Townsend hitting a jumper with 5 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs the 57-56 victory.

Yale fell behind 7-2 early on, but a quick rally made it 8-7. Vermont was able to lead 19-13 at the under 8 TV timeout, but Yale had a strong finish to the half. The Bulldogs went on a 15-5 run in the final 7:52 to end the half. Yale led 28-24 at the break.

The second half was another even battle between the two teams. The Catamounts reclaimed the lead with a 9-2 run to start the half, but a three pointer from Greg Kelley tied the game at 33. That three pointer started a 13-5 run for Yale, but Vermont would not go away. Vermont trailed 50-47 with 8 minutes remaining, but both teams went cold from the field. In fact, it would be 4 minutes and 3 seconds between points with Vermont’s free throw at 3:57.

The Bulldogs took a 55-53 lead on Javier Duren’s three pointer, but Kurt Steidl’s three pointer for Vermont made it 56-55 with 1:34 left in the game. After a couple of missed shots, Vermont turned it over. With 5 seconds left, Townsend drained a jumper to take a 57-56 lead. Vermont had one last chance, but Justin Sears stole the ball to preserve the win.

Jack Montague led Yale with 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting while Justin Sears finished with 11 points and 4 rebounds. Matt Townsend, Greg Kelley, and Javier Duren all ended with 8 points apiece while each grabbed at least 4 rebounds. Yale went 20 of 42 from the field (47.6%) and hit 6 of 10 three pointers (60%). They went 11 of 15 from the charity stripe (73.3%), had 11 assists, had 8 steals, blocked 7 shots, and committed 11 turnovers.

Kurt Steidl finished with 18 points to lead Vermont. He went 7 of 12 from the field and grabbed 6 boards. Ethan O’Day finished with 10 points as well. The Catamounts went 21 of 53 from the field (39.6%) and hit 7 of 16 three pointers (43.8%). They went 7 of 12 from the free throw line (58.3%), out-rebounded Yale 31-27, had 13 assists, and committed 13 turnovers.

Yale (9-3) faces Albany (3-6) Saturday night at home. Vermont (5-5) plays Saint Louis (7-4) Sunday on the road.

Ivy League Basketball Roundup: 11/28/2014

Below is the Ivy League Basketball Roundup for Friday, November 28, 2014. Four Ivy League teams were in action – Brown, Dartmouth, Yale, and Princeton. Brown finished off their Las Vegas Invitational tournament while Princeton continued their Wooden Legacy tournament. Dartmouth was home to IPFW and Yale went on the road to face Providence.


Brown Breaks 5 Game Losing Streak With Win Over Prairie View A&M

Leland King’s 17 points and Steven Spieth’s 16 points paced the Brown Bears to their second win of the season over Prairie View A&M on Friday. The Bears won 81-71 to come back from Las Vegas splitting their two games.

The first half was an even affair for both teams. To that end, the largest lead held by either team was 4 points and neither team could establish a large run to create separation. In addition, both teams shot decently in the first half. Prairie View shot 44.1% from the field and 2 of 4 on three pointers in the first half. The Panthers were led by Tre Hagood and John Brisco with 9 points each. Meanwhile, Brown shot 46.4% from the field and hit 2 of 8 three pointers in the first half. Leland King had 9 first half points and 5 rebounds to lead the Bears.

It the second half, Brown slowly ground their way to a sizable margin. They hit the 10 point margin with 11:25 left with a 58-48 game and got the lead as high as 17 points two minutes later with a 9-2 run. Even with 3 minutes left in the game Brown lead 74-57. The Panthers were able to close out the game on a 14-7 run, but it was not nearly enough to make it a contest as they lost 81-71.

In the second half, Tre Hagood had 14 points to lead the Panthers. Prairie View went 14 of 35 from the field (40%) and hit 1 of 3 three pointers. Brown was led by Steven Spieth’s 11 points and 6 rebounds in the second half. The Bears shot 68.2% from the field in the final 20 minutes including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. The Bears also out-rebounded the Panthers 22-11 in the second half.

Tre Hagood finished with 23 points on 10 of 17 shooting, but went only 3 of 11 from the charity stripe. John Brisco scored 16 points and Reggis Omwukamuche finished with 12 points. Prairie View shot 29 of 69 from the floor (42%) and hit 3 of their 7 three pointers (42.9%). They shot horrendously from the free throw line going 10 of 21 (47.6%) and committed 10 turnovers.

Four Bears ended up scoring in double figures. Leland King had 17 points and 8 rebounds, Steven Spieth scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, JR Hobbie scored 12 points, and Rafael Maia had 11 points and 5 rebounds. The Bears shot 28 of 50 from the field (56%) and hit 6 of 13 three pointers (46.2%). The Bears went 19 of 23 from the free throw line (82.6%), out-rebounded the Panthers 41-27, and committed 21 turnovers. The 21 turnovers on Friday marks the fourth time the Bears have committed over 20 turnovers in a single game.

Prairie View (0-7) will play Schreiner on Wednesday night. Brown (2-5) will head back home to play Johnson and Wales on Sunday afternoon.


Dartmouth Earns First Win On Three Pointer Buzzer Beater

Connor Boehm drained a three point shot as time expired to lift Dartmouth to a 68-67 win over IPFW on Friday. The three pointer capped a double-double day for Boehm who finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds.

IPFW started well with a 9-4 run to open the game, but the Big Green answered back with an 11-0 run to take a 15-9 lead. With 11:39 left in the first half, Dartmouth held a 17-14 lead. It would be nearly three and a half minutes between made buckets with IPFW having the honors of bookending the dry spell. From 11:39 to 3:19 in the first half, Dartmouth failed to score a single point while IPFW took a 27-17 lead. Dartmouth made two three pointers to end the half down only 31-28.

IPFW shot 45.8% from the field in the first half while hitting 3 of 9 three pointers. Steve Forbes accounted for 14 of the team’s 31 points. Dartmouth shot 37.9% from the field and hit 4 of 9 threes. Gabas Maldunas led with 8 points and 4 rebounds for the Big Green.

The second half was a back and forth battle with Dartmouth grabbing a 37-36 lead. Neither team took control of the game on the scoreboard as the game was 65-64 in favor of Dartmouth with 53 seconds left. IPFW took a 66-65 lead on Isaiah McCray’s dunk before a missed shot by Maldunas would put the Mastodons on the free throw line. Joe Reed hit the first free throw to make it 67-65, but missed the second. Connor Boehm corralled the rebound with 9 seconds left. Alex Mitola’s pass to Boehm with just seconds remaining ended with Boehm hitting the three point for the 68-67 victory.

In the second half, IPFW shot 48.7% from the floor and 2 of 7 from beyond the arc (28.6%). They may rue their 12 of 21 free throw shooting in the second half (57.1%) and 8 turnovers. Joe Edwards led IPFW with 12 points in the final 20 minutes. Alex Mitola had 16 second half points on 7 of 9 shooting with Gabas Maldunas scoring another 10 points in the second half. The Big Green shot 50% from the field and committed only 4 turnovers in the second half.

IPFW had 4 starters score in double figures. Steve Forbes had 19 points, Joe Reed scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards, Joe Edwards scored 12 points, and Isaiah McCray had 10 points and 7 rebounds. The Mastodons went 22 of 47 from the field (46.8%) and 5 of 16 from the perimeter (31.2%). They hit 18 of 30 free throws (60%), out-rebounded Dartmouth 39-35, and committed 14 turnovers.

Alex Mitola finished with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting including 3 of 6 from beyond the arc. Gabas Maldunas scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Connor Boehm had his double double of 10 points and 14 boards. The Big Green went 29 of 65 from the field (44.6%) and 7 of 16 from three point land (43.8%). They went to the charity stripe only 8 times, making 3 of those (37.5%) and committed only 6 turnover, easily a season’s best.

IPFW (3-2) continues their season on the road at Stetson (2-4) on Wednesday. Dartmouth (1-2) will play again at home on Sunday against New Hampshire (2-2) searching for back-to-back wins.


Yale Loses First Big Test To Providence On The Road

Yale kept it close throughout on the road against Providence, but could never sustain their run to take a lead as they lost 72-66. LeDontae Henton scored 29 points for the Friars to continue his string of excellent performances.

Yale looked promising in the first half as they started the game by hitting some of their three pointers to take a 15-14 lead. Yale held a 23-22 with 6:51 left in the first half, which was the last time they would lead for the rest of the game. The Friars ended the first half on a 12-4 run to grab a hold of the game going into halftime with a 34-27 lead.

Javier Duren was the spark for Yale in both halves, but in the first he had 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting while he also hit 2 three pointers. Yale shot 37.5% from the field and only 28.6% from the three point line. Providence was led by none other than LaDontae Henton with 10 points. The Friars hit 50% of their shots while that percentage also held for their three point shots.

Yale opened up the second half on a quick burst to close deficit down to 2 points at 34-32, but four points from Tyler Harris and another seven from Henton made it a 45-36 game with 14:26 left to play. The flow of the game was uneven for both teams in the second half. Every time Providence would appear to be pulling away, Yale would come back to close it down to a or 7 point deficit. However, Yale found it difficult to make it less than a 3 point game for much of the second half. The Bulldogs were down 69-66 with 21 seconds remaining after Greg Kelley drained a three pointer, but they would not get any closer than that. The Friars hit 3 of their last 4 free throws while Yale missed their final two three pointers to finish the game.

In the second half Javier Duren had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Matt Townsend chipped in with 8 points and 3 boards. Yale shot 44.1% from the field in the second half and hit only 4 of 17 three pointers (23.5%). Providence was led by Henton’s 19 second half points while Tyler Harris had 9 points. Providence shot 52.2% from the field, hit only 1 of 9 three pointers (11.1%), and struggled from the free throw line hitting 13 of 23 (56.5%).

Javier Duren ended up with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists for Yale. Makai Mason was the only Bulldog to finish in double figures as he had 12 points including hitting 3 three pointers. Justin Sears was held in check going 3 of 6 for 7 points and 6 rebounds. Sears also had 6 turnovers and fouled out against the Friars. The Bulldogs went 24 of 58 from the field (41.4%) and hit 8 of 31 three pointers (25.8%). They also went 10 of 14 from the free throw line (71.4%) and committed 14 turnovers.

Providence was led by Henton’s 29 points and 6 rebounds. He was aided by 14 points and 7 rebounds from Tyler Harris. Ted Bancroft finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds while Kyron Cartwright had 8 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. The Friars went 22 of 43 from the field (51.2%) and hit only 3 of 13 three pointers (23.1%). Overall, they struggled from the charity stripe hitting 25 of 40 free throws (62.5%) and committed 11 turnovers.

Yale (5-2) saw their 5 game winning streak snapped on Friday. They have a chance to start a new one on Sunday with a home game against Hartford (5-1). Providence (6-0) has their toughest test of the season thus far (and probably the entire season) with a road trip to Rupp Arena to face the #1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats (6-0) on Sunday.


San Diego’s First Half Shooting Dooms Princeton

Johnny Dee dropped 29 points for San Diego to lead them past Princeton in the Wooden Legacy tournament. San Diego won by a final score of 75-65.

There was no indication early in the first half of Princeton’s struggles that were to come. The Tigers held a 10-6 lead with Amir Bell accounting for half of those points. The Tigers still led 12-8 with 13:49 remaining before San Diego ripped off a 15-5 run to claim the lead at 23-17. The Toreros led by as much as 15 points near the end of the first half and held a 40-28 lead at the break with neither team scoring any points in the final minute.

Amir Bell led the Tigers in the first half with 8 points. Princeton shot 37% from the field in the first half thanks largely to the opening 7 minutes. They went 4 of 12 from beyond the arc (33.3%) and committed only 4 turnovers. San Diego was led by Johnny Dee’s 13 points on 5 of 5 shooting in the first half. The Toreros shot 57.7% from the field in the first half and 5 of 6 on three pointers (83.3%). San Diego also won the battle on the glass with 19 rebounds to only 10 for Princeton.

From a statistical standpoint, the second half was a mirror image of the first half. Princeton was able to cut the deficit to 7 points at 51-44. The Tigers continued to shoot the ball well and closed the game to as little as 4 points, but San Diego’s three point and free throw shooting was enough to buoy their advantage. It was enough to win by double digits at 75-65.

Spencer Weisz scored 13 second half points and grabbed 7 boards for Princeton. Amir Bell contributed 9 points and 4 rebounds with Princeton shooting 54.2% from the field and 2 of 8 from beyond the arc. The Tigers made all 9 of their free throws and kept their turnovers to a minimum at 4 in the final 20 minutes. San Diego shot a poor 28.6% from the field in the second half, but they hit 6 of 11 three pointers (54.5%) and 13 of 18 free throws (72.2%). Johnny Dee had 16 points while Chris Anderson scored 11 points for San Diego.

Princeton’s top scorer for the game was Spencer Weisz with 18 points and he also grabbed 9 rebounds. Amir Bell was right on his heels with 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting and he also grabbed 4 rebounds. Alec Brennan had a quiet 9 points as well for Princeton. The Tigers shot 23 of 51 from the field (45.1%) and hit 6 of 20 three pointers (30%). They shot well from the charity stripe going 13 of 15 (86.7%) and committed only 8 turnovers for the entire game.

Other than Johnny Dee’s 29 points on 9 of 13 shooting (5 of 8 from deep), San Diego had only one other player score more than 10 points. That ended up being Chris Anderson with 11 points and he also nabbed 7 boards while finishing with 7 assists. Brett Bailey had 7 points and 9 boards. San Diego shot 23 of 54 from the field (42.6%) and an excellent 11 of 17 from beyond the arc (64.7%). They hit 18 of 26 free throws (69.2%), out-rebounded Princeton 39-27, and committed only 9 turnovers.

Princeton (1-5) has dropped five games in a row. They have a chance to break that streak on Sunday night against San Jose State (1-5) Fairleigh Dickinson (2-2). San Diego (4-2) faces Western Michigan (4-2) on Sunday and then has two excellent opponents on the road for their next two games. They face San Diego State (5-1) and UCLA (4-2) in a span of 3 days next week.