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Thursday / June 20.
  • Yale wins battle of unbeatens to seize top spot in Ivy League

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    Yale won the clash for the top spot in the Ivy League men’s basketball standings, while Columbia, Harvard and Princeton earned big wins as the league reached the midway point of conference play.
    Yale (16-6, 7-0) clipped Cornell (17-4, 6-1) 80-78 thanks to a late bucket. Columbia (12-8, 3-4) pulled away from Brown (6-16, 2-5) in the second half to win 83-69. Harvard (12-8, 3-4) bested Dartmouth (5-15, 1-6) by a score of 77-59. Princeton (17-3, 5-2) outlasted Penn (9-13, 1-6) 77-70.
    Leading into the Cornell-Yale matchup, it was known the contest would be a historic one. It would be just the fifth time in Ivy League men’s basketball history that two 6-0 or better teams squared off. The game lived up to its billing.  
    Yale forward Matt Knowling hit the game-winning basket with 3.2 seconds remaining. Moments earlier he secured an offensive board to keep Yale’s possession alive.

    The Big Red, which jumped to a 15-point advantage in the first half, held the lead for the majority of the contest. The Bulldogs took their first lead since opening minutes with just over three minutes remaining.  
    Yale forward Danny Wolf finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds to record his seventh double-double in his last eight games and 10th overall. The Glencoe, Ill., native had 19 first-half points.
    Cornell guard Chris Manon registered 22 points, shooting 9-of-11 from the floor. Guard Nazir Williams also had an impressive shooting performance, hitting eight of his 11 attempts.
    Brown took the lead in with over two minutes left in the first half, but Columbia responded by building its lead up to 18 points in the second half. Lions guard Geronimo Rubio De La Rosa led the push with all 14 of his points coming in the second half.
    Forward Josh Odunowo had a career-high 17 points. The Laurel, Md., native was 8-of-12 from the field and added four steals and a block.
    Brown guard Kino Lilly Jr. posted a game-high 24 points, connecting on four triples.
    Harvard had four players score in double figures, led by guard Malik Mack’s 18 points. Mack and guard Louis Lesmond each hit four 3-pointers.  
    For Dartmouth forward Dusan Neskovic posted a game-high 20 points, shooting 7-of-13 from the floor. Forward Brandon Mitchell-Day had four blocks.  
    A pair of Tigers had double-doubles. Guard Xaivian Lee fished with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds – his five assists was also a game high. Forward Caden Pierce had 17 points and 11 rebounds, marking his 10th double-double this season. Forward Zach Martini drilled five triples, while guard Blake Peters knocked down four. As a team, the Tigers combined for 16 3-pointers.
    Four Penn players scored in double figures, led by forward Nick Spinoso’s 19 points. He additionally corralled a game-high 14 rebounds.

    (via Ivy League)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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