(WTNH)–An historic run for the Yale men’s basketball team came to an end on Saturday, as a furious rally fell short against Duke.
The Bulldogs made history in reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1962, then re-wrote school record books again when they defeated 5th-seeded Baylor in the first round. Yale gave Duke quite a scare Saturday before bowing out of the tourney, 71-64.
And now, it’s time to say goodbye to one of the greatest senior classes in school history.
Justin Sears, arguably the greatest player in school history, will leave with most of the team’s records. Brandon Sherrod, Khaliq Ghani and Nick Victor all had a great run in New Haven.
“These are my family,” Sears said. “They’re all going to be at my wedding. They’re all my brothers. I’m going to miss them a lot.”
“We made an historic run,” said Sherrod. “I wasn’t Class of 2016 originally (he went to sing with the Whiffenpoofs last year), but I’m very happy to be a part of this class and be a part of these moments with these seniors.”
“It’s a great way to go out, especially with these seniors,” said Victor. “We’ve been through a lot this year, and even though we lost, it’s been a great season.”
“These are my borthers,” Ghani echoed. “We’ll be together for the rest of our lives.”