Sports | 11:25 pm | March 6, 2010 | By Chelsea Janes

Seniors’ season ends on a loss; Elis finish fourth

Captain Alex Zampier ’10 drives to the net in Saturday's game against Cornell. Zempier contributed 24 points, but it was not enough to carry the day for the Bulldogs, who fell 79-59.
Captain Alex Zampier ’10 drives to the net in Saturday's game against Cornell. Zempier contributed 24 points, but it was not enough to carry the day for the Bulldogs, who fell 79-59. Photo by Eva Galvan.

M. BASKETBALL | Saturday night’s 79-59 loss to NCAA-tournament-bound Cornell was an unfitting end to the careers of the four members of the Yale men’s basketball class of 2010; Jordan Gibson ’10 and Josh Davis ’10 were unable to compete due to injury, while Paul Nelson ’10 scored three points and added six rebounds. Captain Alex Zampier ’10 turned in a performance representative of his stellar four-year career, matching the number on his jersey – 24 – in points, including five three-pointers.

Yale hung in for much of the first half, as Cornell’s lead hovered around 10. The Bulldogs made a run in the closing minutes of that period, nearly entering halftime just six points down but ultimately surrendering a momentum-crushing last-second tip-in that sent them to the break down eight.

The Elis made a run coming out of the half, cutting the deficit to four with 14:03 left to play.

Then Cornell showed the talent that earned them a top 25 national ranking at points this season, shooting a phenomenal 80% (8-10) from behind the arc in the second half. In total, the Big Red hit 12 three pointers – good for 57.1 percent shooting.

The loss sends Yale’s record to 12-19, and 6-8 in Ivy League Play, good for fourth overall behind Cornell, Harvard and Princeton.

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