First, the good news: Devin Cannady’s suspension, which shelved him for three games, has been lifted. The criminal charge filed against him has been downgraded to something called “disorderly person,” a minor offense.
The bad news: Yale thoroughly outplayed Princeton in New Haven, leading for most of the evening en route to a 74-60 victory over the first-place Tigers. Yale’s Miye Oni turned in a remarkable effort, reminiscent of Maodo Lo’s 38-point outburst at Jadwin a couple of years ago. Oni scored 35 on a remarkable 13-for-18 from the field, including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. As a team the Bulldogs outrebounded the Tigers 42-28, grabbing 37 on the defensive end, denying the visitors many second chances on an evening when they desperately needed them. The Tigers’ shooting woes continue. They shot just 33 percent from the field, 18 percent from deep.
Cannady showed a lot of rust after a month-long layoff. He scored just eight points, and even missed a free throw!
On the positive side, the Tigers overcame a 14-point deficit at the half, 36-22, to draw even at 42. The hot shooting Bulldogs countered with a 13-2 run of their own to reopen a double-digit lead, 57-46, under the nine-minute mark. Once again, the Tigers fought back to get within three at 63-60 with less than three minutes remaining. Yale closed out the game on an impressive 11-0 spurt. The Tigers now share first place with Yale and Harvard, each at 4-1.
Jaelin Llewellyn appeared to be at full strength after leaving the floor early in Ithaca with a recurrence of his ankle miseries. He was one of the few bright spots for Princeton, scoring 15 points in 33 minutes. Richmond Aririguzoh was another, adding another double figure scoring night, a team-high 17, to his growing resume. He played 27 minutes.
Perhaps with an eye toward tonight’s game in Providence, Henderson spread the minutes among 11 players. Cannady and Llewellyn were the only Tigers on the floor for more than 30 minutes of action.
Best to turn the page quickly on this one. Yale is deep, experienced, strong and fast. When all that talent comes together, as it did last night, it’s very hard to overcome. From the Tigers’ perspective, the return of Cannady adds a lot more than one loss takes away.