Yale Outlasts Brown, 77-68, In Ivy League Opener

Yale Outlasts Brown, 77-68, In Ivy League Opener

New Haven, Conn. - Brown senior Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) posted his eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Yale pulled away for a 77-68 win over the Bears in the Ivy League opening game for both teams.

 

Yale improves to 10-5, 1-0 Ivy, while Brown falls to 5-10, 0-1 in Ivy play.

 

In the foul-marred game that took two hours and 20 minutes and had 49 fouls whistled, three players fouled out, juniors Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) and Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) for the Bears and senior Justin Sears for the Bulldogs.

 

Kuakumensah, the Ivy League's all-time leader in blocked shots, struggled from the field, connecting on 4-of-16 field goals, while hitting 8-of-10 free throws.  He also blocked three shots. With 18 points against Yale, Kuakumensah now has 998 career points.

 

Blackmon handled the ball for 38 minutes before fouling out and scored 17 points for the Bears. Junior JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) had 12 of his 15 points in the second half, hitting 4-of-9 treys.

 

Bears' freshman Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) came off the bench to score nine points, while Spieth also added nine points and five assists.

 

Sophomore Makai Mason paced five double-figure Yale scorers with a game high 20 points, while Nick Victor chipped in with 15 points, four blocks and four assists. Sears (12 points), Brandon Sherrod (13 points) and Jack Montague (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Bulldogs.

 

The cold-shooting Bears fell behind by a 17-point margin in the opening 8:30 of the game, 21-4, following a trey by Anthony Dallier.

 

The Bears slowly clawed their way back in the game and pulled to within four points with 53 seconds left in the half, 35-31, on a trey by Kuakumensah.  A short jumper by Sears gave Yale a 37-31 lead at the half.

 

Brown trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, 65-52, but came back once again with a 7-0 run, cutting the Bulldogs lead to six points, 65-59, on a layup by Kuakumensah with 4:00 remaining.

 

A trey by Hobbie cut the Bulldogs' advantage to five points, 73-68, with 42-seconds left in the game.

 

Two free throws each by Mason and Montague put Yale back up by nine points, 77-68, putting the game out of reach.

 

The two teams will meet again next Saturday, January 23, with the Bears hosting the Bulldogs in their Ivy League home opener at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Tip-off is 5:00 pm and the game will be televised on ESPN3.