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  1. A Sporting Chance

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    On the evening of March 14 at the University of Pennsylvania’s historic Palestra arena, the Harvard and Yale men’s basketball teams were tied at 51 in a game that would send the winner to the NCAA tournament. Then, with seven seconds left, Harvard forward Steve Mondou-Missi hit a 15-foot jumper left to pull ahead of Yale by two points.

    Yale got the ball back in time for Javier Duren ’15 to make one final drive to the net, but he missed a layup as time expired, and Yale failed to advance to tournament play, just as they had for the past 52 years.

    Ansh Bhagat ’18, who doesn’t play a varsity sport, caught up on the highlights after the game.

    “I think I just forgot about it, to be honest,” he said. “I might have been asleep.”

    Many Yale students might have had a similar experience: of 155 students who responded to a News survey, 70 percent knew the game’s significance, but only 43 percent reported that they watched it. But Bhagat and others’ relative ambivalence would have seemed out of place on campus 50 years ago.

    History professor Jay Gitlin ’71, who teaches the course “Yale and America,” recalls the sense of dejection that gripped campus in the days following Yale’s infamous 29–29 “loss” to Harvard in 1968. In the last 42 seconds of the game, Harvard scored 16 points, tying the game against a heavily favored Yale squad.

    “We were in a foul mood,” he remembers. “These things affected the mood of the campus. When it was a Yale victory, everybody was happy.”

    But Gitlin also remembers that the Yale team won a lot more than they do now.

    UConn, for example, posed no problem. “We assumed that we’d win more than we’d lose, and the teams that we thought we might lose to were more often than not, Dartmouth or Harvard.”

    But even with the football team going 8–2 this season, attendance at their games paled in comparison to the sold-out games of Gitlin’s day. This part of Yale’s culture, it seems, has been lost to history.

    Some, though, are not content to let sports slip from the campus consciousness. Ralph Molina ’16 is the president of the Whaling Crew, an organization dedicated to supporting Yale’s sports teams.

    “I think the Whaling Crew’s job isn’t done until every single sporting game is sold out,” he says. “We’ll probably never get there, but that’s the goal.”

    * * *

    In 1914, construction crews finished work on the largest amphitheater built since the Roman Coliseum: the Yale Bowl.

    Costing the University $17.7 million, the imposing concrete stadium reflected the athletic dominance of a football team representing a school that had helped invent the sport. But the administration’s efforts came too late: By the time the Bowl was completed, the Bulldogs had already won 26 out of their 27 total national championships.

    The 80,000-seat behemoth would never again see the kind of national spotlight it once enjoyed. Since then, attendance has fallen, and renovations to the stadium have reduced its capacity to just over 60,000

    Still, attendance didn’t suddenly fall off once Yale stopped winning national titles. According to Joel Alderman ’51, “It was a gradual process.” Alderman, a retired lawyer who now writes about Yale athletics for SportzEdge.com, said Yale was still a top team in his day, and the noticeable decline in attendance came in the late 1980s through the 1990s.

    Prior to that, though, sports — and football in particular — remained an important part of campus life. Gitlin emphasized the greater importance that football had in the University’s social culture when he was a student.

    “Football was part of the social calendar,” he said. “You went to football games. We dated a lot, and dating often included going to the football game and then to a dance.”

    Since then, though, student interest in sports has declined markedly.

    Last fall, the Bulldogs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Yale Bowl with a rare contest against Army. In an extravagant pre-game spectacle, the game ball was delivered by a cadet parachuting out of a helicopter and landing at midfield. That day, the Bulldogs managed an unlikely victory over a highly competitive team.

    But the Bulldogs’ rousing win came in front of tens of thousands of empty seats. Pat O’Neill, associate director of marketing for Yale athletics, estimates that there were around 1,000 fans in attendance, a figure dwarfed by the crowds of 50 and 60 thousand that Yale games drew during the mid-20th century.

    And the Army game offers only one example: 58 percent of survey respondents said they had been to three or fewer sporting events this year.

    Alderman thinks this dip in attendance is a symptom of something deeper.

    “Sports themselves don’t carry as much meaning to the students,” he said.

    * * *

    Yale students’ attitudes towards sports have been shaped by social and institutional factors. But according to athletes and administrators alike, the most important determinant in a team’s support remains its win-loss record.

    “In my experience being here at Yale, kids are pretty educated when it comes to our sports teams,” O’Neill said. “You can’t fool Yale students. Our teams need to win and they’ll come out.”

    But since their heyday early last century, Ivy League sports in general have ceded ground to other, larger institutions.

    In 1923, Harvard, Princeton and Yale signed the Three Presidents’ Agreement, affirming that all athletes would be admitted as students and would have to conform to the same academic standards expected of others. This restriction opened the door for schools like Michigan and Ohio State to surpass Yale in athletics by using scholarships to recruit top talent. In 1945, the other Ivies agreed not to offer athletic scholarships either, clearing the way for bigger schools with millions of dollars to spend on their athletic programs.

    An Ivy League policy prohibiting postseason play further isolated the league’s teams, preventing them from participating in much-publicized bowl games.

    “A lot of the time academia and national [athletics] don’t really work well together,” said Molina.

    But some say that certain aspects of Yale itself keep athletics from flourishing on campus. Many remarked on the distance from campus to athletic facilities like the Yale Bowl, Yale Field and Coxe Cage.

    Although Caroline Lynch ’17, a member of the women’s tennis team and secretary of the Yale Student-Athlete College Council, said sporting events at Yale are generally well attended. She added that those taking place at the Smilow Field House, as opposed to in Ingalls Rink or Payne Whitney Gymnasium, tend to attract fewer viewers because of the distance from campus.

    Ree Ree Li ’16, also on the women’s tennis team, reiterated that sentiment.

    “We always have good showings for sports that are in the gym because it’s so close,” Li said. “The biggest challenge is getting people to come out for the games that are at the fields.”

    Jackson Stallings ’17, a member of the football team and the president of YSACC, said he would like to see an investment in the Yale Bowl’s infrastructure. He thinks that making seating more comfortable or adding or a jumbotron, like Cornell or Harvard have, would encourage more students to attend football games.

    O’Neill said budget constraints left no room for investment in the Bowl’s infrastructure right now. But Li said there are non-financial measures that Yale can take to show more support for its athletes. She mentioned a policy in place at Princeton that ensures classes never take place while sports teams practice, meaning athletes could take whatever classes they want. Yale’s athletes, who must tailor their schedules to avoid conflicts, do not enjoy this luxury.

    Li said she didn’t receive full credit for a course last fall semester because she had to miss class to travel to California with her team.

    Those institutional features might also bleed over into Yale’s campus culture itself: Molina said one source of student disinterest might be administrative attitudes toward sports. Since Yale can’t give athletic scholarships, he said, many feel that sports aren’t important.

    But not everyone thinks that Yale’s campus culture doesn’t support sports.Lynch, for one, said the idea that Yalies don’t support their sports teams isn’t true. Some will know more about sports than others, she added, but that can be said of any aspect of Yale’s campus life.

    If people are divided as to how Yale students feel about sports, everyone agrees that a supportive campus is vital to thriving athletic programs. And key to that support is a sense of connection between athletes and non-athletes.

    “If we can create a culture where the students as well as student-athletes are all close, people will want to go out to support each other,” Li said. “I go to plays and dance shows because I have friends that are in them. If more people have friends who are athletes, they’d be more willing to go out to games.”

    But the distance that some Yalies feel between themselves and those representing them on the field became clear in a video released by the Harvard comedy group “On Harvard Time” before the Game last fall.

    In the video, disguised Harvard students interviewed Yalies about the state of Yale’s football program and asked them to sign a petition to defund it.

    Li and Molina said it disappointed them to see how easily the actors were able to convince Yale students to publicly endorse cutting funding for the football team.

    “We have funding issues already within athletics, and to see people wanting to take money from a program that hundreds of students are a part of, I was surprised by that,” Li said.

    * * *

    If such a petition ever passed, at least two names would certainly not be on it.

    In their first weeks as freshmen, Andrew Sobotka ’15 and Hal Libby ’15 noticed a lack of support for Yale’s sports teams. They decided to take matters into their own hands.

    “The first football game had decent attendance but the second one was absolutely abysmal,” Sobtoka said. “Hal and I were shocked that on this beautiful fall day, nobody was out at the Bowl cheering on the ‘Dogs.”

    In response, the pair founded the Whaling Crew, the organization of which Molina is now president. Starting out as a small group of friends, it now has over 1,300 likes on its Facebook page.

    This year alone, the Whaling Crew has organized student tailgates, ordered pizza for fans in the student sections at home games and arranged transportation so interested students can travel to away games.

    “Before the Whaling Crew existed, there was no group to get students to come out to athletics,” Molina said. “It was just the athletics office, or through the grapevine. It’s different when you’re hearing about it from students than when you’re hearing about it from the administration.

    O’Neill said the Whaling Crew’s efforts have had a tangible effect on sports attendance, enticing more students to come out to games, and the group now receives funding from the athletics office. “We value them immensely,” O’Neill says.

    The Whaling crew also appeared in August at a new event called Yale UP!, which Molina says added to their legitimacy and increased student interest in joining.

    Yale UP!, inaugurated this year during Camp Yale, consisted of presentations made by members of the athletics department to the incoming freshman class. Students were taught Yale’s historic cheers, and the event featured a relay race between residential colleges, among other competitions. Yale UP!, a conscious administrative effort to encourage support for Yale’s sports teams, was mandatory.

    * * *

    Despite the lackluster competitive spirit of the past few decades and the eight-year winless streak in the Game, Yale sports fans have reason to hold out hope.

    The Bulldogs have seen major successes in recent years that are leading to attention on a national scale: the men’s hockey team took home the NCAA title in 2013, Yale football star Tyler Varga ’15 is competing for NFL consideration and the men’s basketball team missed March Madness by a hair. And survey data suggests that campus support is on the rise: more than a third of respondents said they were more interested in Yale sports this year than last.

    “Sports are on the up at Yale,” said Molina. “My attitude about athletic attendance on campus is not necessarily proud, but it’s optimistic.”

  2. S.A.D.: Seasonally Affected David?

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    This is the second time I bought a pair of shoes and regretted it. The first time was in middle school. I showed up to the first day of basketball tryouts in a pair of beat-up blue Vans. Little did I know that Nike Air Force 1s and Jordans were the prerequisite to play ball. As a new seventh-grader — I had just moved back to the Bay Area and switched schools — I was psychologically and physically ill-prepared for that first day. I was the white boy who wasn’t “fitted” and had no “shoe game.” It didn’t help that I couldn’t shoot a free throw.

    Tired of being bullied for being uncool, I dragged my mom with me to buy my first pair of Jordans: red 14s. They were the most expensive shoes I had ever owned. Did they help ease the transition into my new school, dunk like Mike or make the friends I so craved? The short answer is no, so I gave up on fitting in. The next year, I made varsity like all of the eighth-graders. But more importantly, my classmates began to like me for the quirky, annoying kid that I couldn’t help being.

    When I arrived on campus this fall, I shopped around for my first pair of boots. As a transfer student from Southern California, the perils of the East Coast winter took on mythological proportions. People made it seem like frostbite was a natural occurrence. This time, I was convinced the boots were necessary. Yet when I received that thin, long, yellow slip for the package containing my Sorel boots, I already knew deep down that the East Coast winter wouldn’t live up to the hype I had fabricated. Even when I count my post-Nemo escapades, I wore my only pair of “East Coast shoes” a handful of times. My perception of how I would adjust to Yale was as skewed as my image of a New Haven winter.

    What my Sorel boots couldn’t have prepared me for was the shitty weather inside me. I can’t pinpoint when I started to feel depressed. It may have been when the temperature first dropped below San Diego’s average of 70, and I had to throw my sandals and shorts under my twin bed. More likely, it was seeing the leaves outside my window turn brown and then be ripped to shreds by the December winds that tipped off my consciousness. But it wasn’t the winter’s fault that I was feeling down and out. As much as I’d like to blame it on the weather, the roots of my melancholy lay elsewhere. I missed the life I left in San Diego (there were thoughts of sandy, warm beaches); some of my classes seemed dull, and many of my peers disengaged; I was lingering at the tail end of an unhealthy relationship. I put so much thought into preparing for the weather — buying boots, warm socks, thick padded jacket and let’s not forget the long underwear — as a coping mechanism for dealing with the emotional strain of transferring. I overestimated both the snow, and my ability to transition into Yale.

    The changing of the seasons wields an odd power over some, perhaps many, maybe even most of our campus. On the surface, there are the observable differences between fall and winter: the lack of people lounging on Cross Campus in tanks and salmon-colored shorts, the piles of snow strewn on the sides of York Street which make it difficult to jaywalk, and the vast emptiness of those competing frozen yogurt places.

    But the more important, and insidious, changes are happening internally and most often unseen. Many hibernate and find themselves unable or uninterested in getting out of bed. Mood lights flicker on, and antidepressants are prescribed. Comments like “the weather sucks” are uttered frequently, often in place of “I’m feeling crummy.”

    I complained about the weather too, but I was kidding myself. The snow and the cold were some of the least painful elements I braved this winter. While I feel a bit silly for buying boots better suited for the Alaskan tundra, there’s no shame in my game. You know what, I don’t regret buying those Jordans anymore, either! If I had to buy a pair of shoes for every formative experience, then I’d be content with a closet full of shoes I never wear. Luckily, I have all the shoes I need for this spring.

  3. M. BASKETBALL | Bulldogs earn first win of season

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    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.

  4. M. BASKETBALL | Harvard stars implicated in cheating scandal

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    Harvard’s chances to repeat as Ivy League champions this year hit a serious roadblock Tuesday, as two of the team’s best players were implicated in its recent cheating scandal.

    Co-captain Kyle Casey withdrew before Harvard’s Tuesday course registration deadline, Sports Illustrated reported early Tuesday morning. The magazine later reported that point guard and co-captain Brandyn Curry had also been implicated, but had not made a decision as to whether to withdraw. Casey’s departure alone is a serious blow to the team; the forward led the Crimson in scoring his junior year and would have been a top contender for Ivy League Player of the Year in 2012–13, according to the Harvard Crimson.

    The Crimson also reported that one other player with a lesser role on the team is also involved.

    The three players are involved in a cheating case involving the take-home exam from Government 1310: Introduction to Congress, which was taken by 279 students at Harvard last spring. The players have the choice to stay in school and challenge the case or withdraw and reapply to Harvard the following year.

    By withdrawing before the course registration deadline, Casey will maintain his fourth season of collegiate eligibility.

    Brandyn Curry’s father Herman Curry told SI.com that the younger Brandyn had not yet decided whether he would withdraw or remain in school while challenging the accusation.

    Casey led the balanced Crimson offense with 11.4 points per game last year. Curry was the teams leading assist man with 4.9 per contest. He also paced the team by averaging 1.6 steals per game, which was good for fifth in the Ivy League. He also led the Ancient Eight in assist-to-turnover ratio, registering 2.6 assists per giveaway.

    Without Casey and Curry, the Crimson would return to the court this year having lost four of their top five scorers from their Ivy League-championship team last year.

    Last year the Cantabs posted a 26-5 record on the way to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1946.

  5. M. BASKETBALL | Harvard draws 12 seed in NCAA tourney

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    The Crimson will have to dust off its dancing shoes — this week, Harvard will be dancing in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946.

    Harvard (26-4, 12-2 Ivy) is the no. 12 seed in the East Region of the tournament bracket and will face the no. 5 seed Vanderbilt Commodores (24-10, 10-6 Southeastern Conference) in the second round.

    Both the Cantabs and the Commodores did not have to sweat out Selection Sunday waiting for an at-large bid to the tournament, as both teams received their conferences’ automatic bids. Vanderbilt ran the table in the SEC conference tournament to punch its ticket, toppling no. 1 Kentucky (32-2, 16-0 SEC) in the final 71-64 in New Orleans earlier today. Harvard earned the Ancient Eight bid by winning the school’s first outright Ivy League regular season crown.

    The Commodores will be looking to cut down the nets in New Orleans for a second time this season, but their road to the Final Four in April will have to go through a stingy Crimson defense that ranks fourth in Division I allowing only 54.8 points per game.

    If Harvard can survive against a Vanderbilt team that was ranked no. 7 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls in Albuquerque, then the Crimson will face the winner of the match-up between no. 4 seed and no. 13-ranked Wisconsin (24-9, 12-6 Big Ten) and no. 13 seed Montana (25-6, 15-1 Big Sky) on March 17.

    Two wins in the Big Dance and the Crimson would become the de facto home team, as Boston will host the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds of the tournament for the East region.

    On the ESPN program “Bracketology” that followed the release of the tournament bracket, the panel of experts discussed Harvard’s chances in the tournament.

    Former Duke baller and college basketball guru Jay Bilas asserted that the Crimson are a threat to Vanderbilt — particularly with their ability to slow the game down on defense — but he and the other panelists also focused on the game as a showdown of some of two of the premier institutes of higher learning.

    “At Vanderbilt they call Harvard the Vanderbilt of the northeast,” Bilas joked.

    The Crimson will tip off against the Commodores on March 15.

  6. M. BASKETBALL | Elis head to postseason tournament

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    Yale’s men’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), according to assistant director of sports publicity Tim Bennett.

    The Bulldogs are heading back to the postseason for the first time since the 2001-’02 season. That season, the Elis claimed their first postseason victory in school history by defeating Rutgers in the 2002 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), before falling to Tennessee Tech in the second round.

    Connecticut Six foe Fairfield University (19-14) stands between Yale and its second-ever postseason victory. A win would also secure the sixth 20-win season in the history of Yale basketball.

    The Stags enter the CIT after falling just short of an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament – losing to Loyola of Maryland (24-8) 48-44 in the championship game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

    The announcement that the Bulldogs will go dancing follows a string of good news for Yale basketball in the past few days. Center Greg Mangano ’12 was chosen as first-team All-Ivy for the second year in a row, and captain Reggie Willhite ’12 was honored as the Ivy League Defensive player of the year. Willhite was also selected as second-team All-Ivy.

    Mangano topped the league by averaging 9.7 rebounds per game on the year and blocking 64 shots. He also finished second to Penn guard Zack Rosen with 18.2 points per contest.

    Willhite paced the Ancient Eight with 63 steals on the way to a Yale single-season record. He also averaged 12.2 points and four assists per game.

    Although Willhite finished the regular season ranked 19th in the nation with 2.25 steals per game, head coach James Jones said that Willhite fills multiple roles for the Bulldogs.

    “I’m going to have to get [Willhite] a cape,” Jones said. “He does everything for us.”

    Although the Elis have not faced Fairfield in almost five years, Fairfield head coach Sydney Johnson has battled the Bulldogs more recently. Johnson had coached the Princeton Tigers from 2007-2011.

    With Johnson at the helm, the Tigers went 5-3 against Yale. He also led Princeton to a 2011 Ivy League title.

    Tickets for Wednesday’s game will be on sale through the Fairfield athletic website at http://www.fairfieldstags.com/.

  7. M. BASKETBALL | Bulldogs drop last two to finish fourth

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    Entering this weekend just one game behind first-place Harvard, the Bulldogs had a chance to win the Ivy League title.

    After two disappointing losses, the Bulldogs will finish fourth.

    Yale (19–9, 9–5 Ivy) lost a close contest at Princeton (18–11, 9–4 Ivy) 64–57 Friday and then got run out of the Palestra 68–47 by Penn (19–11, 11–2 Ivy) Saturday.

    The Tigers came out roaring at home and ran out to a 23–8 lead, but the Bulldogs clawed back, cutting the deficit to nine at the half and then tying the game at 40 on forward Greg Mangano’s ’12 layup with 12:10 remaining.

    The Elis were never able to regain the lead, however, as Princeton responded with a 9–0 run. Forward Ian Hummer led the spree with four of his team-high 18 points.

    Yale would cut the lead to three twice within the final minute, but the Tigers hit all four of their free throws, and Hummer’s breakaway dunk off of a steal iced the game.

    The loss, combined with the Crimson’s 77–70 overtime victory at Columbia, obliterated Yale’s chances for even a share of the Ancient Eight crown.

    Although the Bulldogs still had a chance to finish second in the Ivy League with a win Saturday and a Penn loss at Princeton Tuesday, Quaker guard Zack Rosen squashed those hopes.

    Rosen started Penn’s scoring from way out in three-point land and never let up. He led all scorers with 20 on his final regular season home game.

    Down just 30–22 at the break, the Elis were ice-cold while the Quakers went on a 20-2 run to start the half. Penn led by as many as 29 points as it put itself in position to force a one-game playoff with Harvard for the Ivy League title with a win at Princeton on Tuesday.

    On Saturday, captain and forward Reggie Willhite ’12 was hampered by a hip-pointer injury suffered during Friday’s game, head coach James Jones said. Willhite was held to five points Saturday after scoring ten points Friday in addition to notching 14 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

    Mangano, leading the Elis’ scoring for the weekend, poured in 20 points at Princeton and ten at Penn.

    CORRECTION: March 13, 2012

    An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that Yale’s men’s basketball team finished third in the Ivy League. The team finished fourth.

  8. M. BASKETBALL | Mangano ’12 to hit up Portsmouth

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    The future of center Greg Mangano ’12 and the Bulldogs’ season remains uncertain, but now Mangano knows that he will be able to suit up against top level collegiate talent at least one more time.

    Mangano has accepted an invitation to play in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va., from April 11-14.

    The tournament — now in its 60th year — allows college players hoping to pursue careers in professional basketball to show off their talents in front of scouts from all 30 National Basketball Association teams as well as from international leagues.

    It’s traditionally been rich in talent. Rich Barry, Dave Cowens, Earl Monroe, Scottie Pippen and John Stockton all competed in the tournament at one point. All five were selected by the NBA as part of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time. Three players from last year’s tournament were selected in the 2011 NBA Draft. Tournament MVP Jimmy Butler from Marquette was the first-round draft choice of the Chicago Bulls, and in the second round, the Los Angeles Lakers picked up College of Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock, while Vernon Macklin of Florida was selected by the Detroit Pistons.

    Former Harvard guard and current New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin participated in the tournament in 2010.

  9. M. BASKETBALL | Elis pound Cornell in final home game

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    Yale’s seniors have played a combined 300 games in their college careers, but tonight they found a way to make their final home game stand out.

    When the final buzzer sounded, Yale (19-7, 9-3 Ivy) had trounced Cornell (11-15, 6-6 Ivy) 71-41.

    The four seniors- forward Rhett Anderson ’12, guard Brian Katz ’12, forward Greg Mangano ’12 and forward Reggie Willhite ’12 – were honored in a pre-game ceremony. Then they led the team to its best victory of the year.

    Mangano led a balanced scoring effort with 16 points to go along with ten rebounds. Willhite scored eight points to go along with nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

    Head coach James Jones said that he should get Willhite a cape, because he is Superman for the Elis in that he always does whatever is necessary.

    The Bulldogs got off to an early lead and never let the Big Red back in the game. Forward Greg Kelley ’14 beat the buzzer with a straightaway to end the game. His basket gave Yale its largest lead of the night.

    Cornell pressed for most of the game, but the Bulldogs only committed 11 turnovers and frequently broke the press for quick baskets.

    Anderson was able to score on his senior night, knocking down two free throws to thunderous applause from the fans at Lee Amphitheater. Katz was unable to dress for the game. He has been limited to just two games this season after having double retina surgery.

    With Harvard’s 55-54 loss to Penn tonight, Yale is now one game behind the Ivy League-leading Crimson going into the final weekend of regular season play.

  10. M. BASKETBALL | Elis put away Columbia

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    Two weeks ago the Bulldogs overcame a large deficit at Columbia to clinch a one point victory. The Lions were unable to do the same in New Haven tonight.

    Yale (18-7, 8-3 Ivy) held on to win 75-67 over Columbia (14-13, 3-8 Ivy) after coughing up a 20-5 lead in the first half.

    After tying at five in the first two and a half minutes, the Elis scored 15 straight points. Forward Greg Mangano ’12 scored eight of those 15 points.

    The Lions cut the Elis’ lead to 30-22 at the half, then tied it at 56 with 6:06 left in the second half.

    Columbia guard Brian Barbour led the comeback on his way to 21 points and eight assists for the night.

    The Bulldogs were hurt when Mangano and Jeremiah Kreisberg ’14 both got into foul trouble with four personal fouls, but Lion big men Mark Cisco and Corey Osetkowski both fouled out.

    Mangano led the Elis with 22 points, and captain Reggie Willhite ’12 scored 20 for the Bulldogs. Guard Austin Morgan ’13 and forward Brandon Sherrod ’15 were also in double-digits with 14 and ten points, respectively.

    Yale hit nine of ten free throws in the final two minutes to secure the victory.

    Tonight Yale will host Cornell at the Lee Amphitheater at 7:00pm.