By Joel Alderman
Despite holding a 14 point lead in the second half, Yale went cold in the final 2:40 of play, while Bryant took the lead and moved on to a 79-70 win in a battle of the Bulldogs in Smithfield, R.I. on Wednesday night.
Yale led most of the way, and late in the second half was in front 70-66. But Bryant finished the game on a 13-0 run. The B-Bulldogs were paced by Marcel Pettway who scored 25 points on 9 of 15 and Nisre Zouzoua, who registered 22 and seven rebounds.
The Y-Bulldogs led 70-66 late in the second half, but were held scoreless over the final 2:49 during Bryant’s run. Bosko Kostur found Pettway for a layup and a 3-point play with 2:06 remaining to make the score 75-70.
Sam Downey scored 16 points for Yale (2-4), which shot 53.8 percent but committed 18 turnovers against just four by the winners.
Bryant was coming off a one point loss at Brown, another Ivy League team, and is now 3-5. Yale, which won its first two games, has now dropped the last four, all on the road.
The 6-9 Yale freshman Jordan Bruner, who missed the first four games with a pre-season injury, scored six points with eight rebounds and two blocked shots in 15 minutes of game time off the bench.
Afterwards, Yale coach James Jones remarked that “our youth and inexperience showed in a way I haven’t seen.”