NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A 16-day layoff for final exams and the holiday didn’t bother Justin Sears. In fact, it may have rejuvenated him. Sears, who averaged 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds as Yale rolled to easy wins over state-rivals Central Connecticut and Hartford, was named the Ivy League Player of the Week.
It is the 12th time Sears has won the weekly award, the most of any player in league history.
Sears, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year who is third in the league in scoring (16.6 ppg.) and 10th in rebounding (6.7 rpg.) this season, was particularly dominant in a 35-point thrashing of Hartford on Saturday, going 9-of-10 from the field en route to scoring 24 points in 27 minutes of action. He also had 15 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday’s 62-42 victory at Central Connecticut.
Sears also reached a couple of milestones during the week. His three blocks moved him past Chris Dudley into second place all-time at Yale with 173 career blocks. In addition, he now has 1,443 career points, which pushes him past Edwin Draughan and into seventh place in all-time scoring at Yale.
Makai Mason, who averaged 13 points and 3.5 assists in the two wins, was named to the Honor Roll.
The Bulldogs, who have won two straight, have a pair of home games this week, hosting NJIT on Wednesday and Daniel Webster on Friday. Both are 7 p.m. tips.
Report filed by Tim Bennett (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity