Yale basketball off to best Ivy League start in school history; beat Cornell 83-52

Bulldogs improve to 6-0 in conference play

Courtesy: Yale Sports Publicity

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)- Yale made a little more history Saturday at Lee Amphitheater. One night after Brandon Sherrod set an NCAA record for consecutive field goals made, the Bulldogs rolled to an impressive 83-52 victory over Cornell.

Yale, which has won 10 straight games overall, is 6-0 in Ivy League play for the first time in school history.

Five players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs led by Jack Montague, who hit four three-pointers and scored 16 points. Justin Sears added 13 points, and Sherrod, Makai Mason and Sam Downey each contributed 10.

Yale (15-5) was dominant in every facet of the game. The Bulldogs outrebounded Cornell by an astounding 56-22 margin, made 12 three-pointers, and in what pleased head coach James Jones the most, had 21 assists on 30 field goals.

“We shared the ball,” said Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. “Each one of our starters had at least three assists. The guys were looking for each other and making each other better.”

Cornell (9-11, 2-4 Ivy) tried to full-court press, but Yale had little difficulty breaking it, which led to easy baskets.

“We were getting whatever we wanted once we broke their pressure,” said Mason, who was 4-of-7 from the field and added three assists in 23 efficient minutes.

The Big Red also were double-teaming in the post and that led to open shots on the perimeter.

“They packed it in, which left it open for all of us,” said Montague, who was 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. “It felt good to get in a rhythm.”

Yale scored the first four points of the game and never relinquished the lead. The Bulldogs led 24-9 after 10 minutes and stretched the advantage to 52-26 at halftime. Yale’s largest lead of the night was 39 late in the second half.

Matt Morgan paced Cornell with 20 points.

The Big Red shot just 33.9 percent from the field.

The 10-game winning streak is Yale’s longest since the 1956-57 season. The school record winning streak is 13 set in 1906-07.

The Bulldogs improved to 10-0 on the season in the friendly confines of Lee Amphitheater and have won 12 straight dating back to last year.

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