Jan. 16, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island - Junior guard Alex Zampier scored 17 of his team high 19 points in the second half to lead Yale to a 70-62 win over Brown in the Ivy league opener for both teams. Brown, now 6-9 overall, was led by junior Matt Mullery, who scored a game high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Bears jumped out to a quick 15-4 lead over the Bulldogs, capping the game-opening run with a dunk by sophomore Peter Sullivan with 14:25 left in the half. Brown cooled off for the remainder of the half and the Elis rallied to within 29-27 at the half.
Yale (6-9, 1-0 Ivy) mounted a second half comeback behind the hot shooting of Alex Zampier, who connected on 6 of 10 shots from the field and 4 of 4 free throws in the second half alone.
There were five lead changes in the second half with Yale taking the lead for good, 53-51, on two Zampier free throws with 4:47 remaining in the game. The Elis shot 61 percent from the field in the second half (14 of 23), while Brown was held to 39 percent shooting (9 of 24) after intermission.
Mullery connected on 9 of 16 field goals in scoring his 23 points. Sophomores Adrian Williams and Peter Sullivan each chipped in with 14 points, with Sullivan also adding six rebounds. Senior Scott Friske scored six points, pulled down eight rebounds and handed out five assists for the Bears.
Ross Morin scored 13 points and Travis Pinick added 11 points and eight rebounds for Yale.
Brown and Yale will meet again next Friday, January 23, this time in New Haven, Connecticut, at the Elis' Payne Whitney Gymnasium, starting at 7:00 p.m.