November 18th, 2012 | Sports

M. BASKETBALL | Bulldogs earn first win of season

The men’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday at the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Classic tournament in Evansville, Ind. where they overtook Buffalo in a 63–59 finish.

The Bulldogs (1–3) built up an eight-point lead early in the second half, but the Bulls (1–4) found a way to tie it 55–55 with just 2.5 minutes left in regulation time. As the clock ran down, Buffalo switched to a zone defense and Yale guard Javier Duren ’15 drained a 3-pointer to retake the lead. The Bulls came within 61–59, but guard Austin Morgan ’13 sank two free throws with four seconds left to squash Buffalo’s hopes and secure the victory.

Forward Justin Sears ’16 led the team with 19 points and Morgan added 16. On the defensive end, Yale held Buffalo to just 34.5 percent shooting from the field.

Before returning home, the Bulldogs face Western Illinois on Sunday at 3 p.m.