No team in the Ivy is playing even close to the level of Yale and that was exemplified on Friday night before a huge throng at John J. Lee Amphitheater. The Bulldogs played their patented suffocating defense and defeated a talented Brown squad, 70-56.
Yale (12-4, 1-0 Ivy) led by only 31-28 at the half but steadily extended that lead, largely on the play of Jordan Bruner, who had a season-high 23 points, fueled by 4-for-6 shooting from three.
Yale’s defense was led by Eric Monroe and Jalen Gabbidon. The leading scorer for Brown (7-7, 0-1), Brandon Anderson, was held to six points. Tamenang Choh notched 18 points but did so on 3-for-12 shooting.
Yale’s 6-8 junior Wyatt Yess played his most minutes of the season in a Division I game and had a solid five points and five rebounds.
“Wyatt has worked really hard each and every practice waiting for his opportunity,” James Jones said. “Tonight he got it, and I’m proud of the young man stepping up.”
Paul Atkinson posted 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Yale has now won nine out of its last 10 games and now has an Ivy-leading NET of 59.
Yale is on the road on Monday at noon at Howard in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day game.