The Yale men’s basketball team extended its streak to seven straight wins by demolishing Cornell 82–65 Friday night. This was the Elis’ second victory over the Big Red this season, with the first one coming in a close 61–57 contest Feb. 1.
Forward Justin Sears ’16 continued his impressive sophomore campaign with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists on 7-12 shooting from the field. Reserve guard Jack Montague ’16 lit up Cornell for a career-high 18 points on 5-9 shooting with a game-high 5 three-pointers. Guard Nick Victor ’16 led the team with six assists to go along with nine points and a block.
Cornell guard Noah Cressler exploded for 29 points when his team visited New Haven three weeks ago, but this time it was his backcourt teammate, guard Devin Cherry, who had an offensive burst at Yale’s expense. Cherry kept his team in it for most of the game with his 29 points.
Cherry started early by scoring the game’s first bucket, but it was the Elis who built a six-point lead through the first 10 minutes. Montague hit three shots from beyond the arc and Sears sandwiched a tip-in between two mid-range jumpers as Yale stretched its lead to 45–31 by the break.
The Big Red scored the first two buckets of the second half, and even managed to cut the lead to single digits at 48–41, but after Montague hit his fourth three of the night, the Elis regained control. With his 203rd career win under his belt, head coach head coach James Jones is now just one win away from tying the legendary Joe Vancisin as Yale’s all-time winningest men’s basketball coach.