The men’s basketball team will get its chance at revenge Friday night in Providence when the Bulldogs take on the Brown Bears (7–11, 1–0) — the two teams’ second meeting in seven days.
After dropping a 75–66 decision to the Bears last Friday, the Elis need to earn the split in order to avoid their first 0–2 Ivy League start since the 2004-’05 season.
On paper, the Bears and Bulldogs come into the game as near-statistical equals. The Elis average 68.3 points per game, while Brown comes in averaging 68.8. The Bears allow 73.7 points per game, compared to the Elis’ 71.3 The biggest disparity between the two is in three-point percentage — the stat that proved fatal for the Bulldogs in last Friday’s matchup as Yale shot just 3–18 from behind the arc en route to the loss.
Four Bulldogs were in double figures in the loss, as forward Mike Sands ’11 and guards Jordan Gibson ’10, Mike Grace ’13 and Alex Zampier ’10 each scored more than 10 points. Sands’ 15 points led the way for the Elis, and center Paul Nelson ’10 contributed with eight rebounds and three blocks.
Brown is third in the Ivy League in field goal percentage, led by Matt Mullery, who was limited by an injury in Friday’s contest.
“In order to win games, we have to run our offense better and play tougher defense,” Porter Braswell ’11 said. “We always put forth the effort it takes to win physically, but sometimes mentally we aren’t always there. There is a lot to think about during each position, but we just have to start focusing more. There really isn’t anything magical that we aren’t doing, we just have to stop teams from scoring, and we have to start scoring more.”
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Providence.