Jan. 19, 2008
New Haven, Connecticut - Senior Eric Flato's three-point basket with 2:10 remaining in overtime broke a 61-61 tie and gave Yale the lead for good in a 66-63 win over Brown in the Ivy League opener for both teams.
The win lifts Yale to 7-8 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 8-7 overall, 0-1 in Ivy play.
Yale received a strong inside effort by senior Ross Morin, who led all scorers with 24 points, connecting on 11 of 14 field goals, all inside the paint. Flato finished the game with 15 points, while Travis Pinick added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
After Flato's trey gave Yale a 64-61 advantage with 2:10 left in overtime, Brown senior Damon Huffman drew the Bears to within 64-63 on a lay-up with 1:03 remaining in overtime. Flato connected on two free throws with 49 seconds left to put Yale up 66-63.
Brown had two chances to tie the game in the final seconds, but three-point attempts by Huffman and freshman Peter Sullivan fell off the mark.
The Bears held a 57-55 lead with 1:22 left in regulation on a three-point basket by senior Mark McAndrew with 1:22 left on the clock. Yale's Caleb Holmes sent the game into overtime by converting two free throws with 25 seconds, his first points of the game.
Brown held for the last shot in regulation, but Huffman's three-point attempt was off the mark with two seconds left, and McAndrew's put-back on the rebound rolled off the rim.
Trailing 31-25 at the half, Yale outscored the Bears, 10-0, to open the second half to take a 35-31 lead on a three-point play by Pinick. The Bears didn't score their first basket of the half until the 11:41 mark when senior Mark MacDonald scored on a lay-up.
Brown clawed back into the game and pulled ahead by a 48-47 margin on a three-point basket by Huffman with 6:30 left in the game. Yale pulled ahead, 53-50 on a Flato lay-up.
Brown kept pace in the early going with a three-point barrage, scoring five of its first seven baskets from behind the three-point arc, including three treys by freshman Peter Sullivan. The game settled down and the Bears grabbed its biggest lead of the first half, 29-21, on a lay-up by senior Damon Huffman with 4:04 remaining in the half.
The Elis cut the Brown advantage to four points, 29-25, on consecutive baskets by Travis Pinick, but Brown junior Chris Skrelja connected on two free throws to give the Bears a 31-25 lead at the half.
McAndrew and Huffman scored 15 points each for the Bears, with McAndrew also pulling down seven rebounds. Sullivan finished with nine points, all in the first half.
Brown's defense held the Elis to just 17 percent shooting from behind the three-point arc (3 of 17), but Yale had a decided advantage on the backboard, out-rebounding the Bears by a 40-28 margin.
Brown and Yale will battle again next Saturday, January 26, this time at the Pizzitola Sports Center, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to "White Out" this game by wearing white shirts, and the Bears will be signing autographs on the court at the conclusion of the contest. Tickets are available by calling (401) 863-2773.