Princeton, which handed Yale its only defeat in the Ivy League last season, beat the Bulldogs again at home Saturday night, 66-58.
Yale hung in until the last three minutes, despite the absence of its captain and point guard, Anthony Dallier, who took ill during the afternoon shoot-around and did not dress for the game. Yale had led 40-35 in the second half.
Copeland give Yale the lead with 3:04 to go
Alex Copeland, who has been a pleasant surprise for Yale in his sophomore year, took over at Dallier’s position, and gave his team its last lead, 53-52, on a jumper with 3:04 remaining.
Princeton then went on an 11 point run, which included four from the foul line, to take an insurmountable 63-53 lead.
Copeland scored 21 points to top both teams, while freshman Jordan Bruner added 15.
Princeton fulfilling role as Ivy favorite
Looking like the pre-season Ivy favorite they are, the Tigers, outscored the Bulldogs, 14-5, in the deciding last three minutes.
Princeton has now won 12 straight league games at Jadwin Gymnasium. It is 3-0 in the Ivy, all of its wins at home, and an overall record of 10-6. Yale, having won at Penn Friday, is 1-1 in the league and drops to 9-6 on the year.
The evening started with a women’s game, which Princeton also won over Yale, 74-62.
Ivy League snapshot
Meanwhile, a big shocker in the Ivy League was taking place at the Pennsylvania Palestra. Brown, after being trounced by Princeton the night before, won over Penn, 82-70, as the Quakers dropped to 0-3.
In Ithaca, N.Y., Columbia knocked off Cornell, 79-75, in the first league action for those teams.
The standings now stand as follows: Princeton 3-0, Harvard and Columbia 1-0, Yale and Brown 1-1, followed by Dartmouth and Cornell 0-1 and Penn 0-3.