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Cross Country Road Trip Continues at Howard

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YALE at HOWARD

Wed., Jan. 3 – 4 p.m. EST
Washington, D.C.
HUBison.com Video | Live Stats | Game Notes
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yale’s post-holiday road trip has moved from Northern California to the nation’s capital where the Bulldogs face Howard on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Video is available from HUBison.com.
 
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
 
• The trip began with an impressive 65-58 win over Santa Clara on Saturday. The Broncos entered as one of the top three-point shooting teams in the nation, but Yale held them to just 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) from long range. The Bulldogs had the lead for more than 35 of the game’s 40 minutes. Santa Clara had the lead for just 17 seconds.
 
Danny Wolf had a big game against the Broncos, scoring a career-high 25 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Wolf was 10-of-23 from the field and added four assists, a block and a steal. It was his fourth double-double of the season, and his 11th straight game scoring in double figures. He leads the Ivy League with 21 blocks, is second in rebounding (9.1 rpg.), eighth in scoring (13.9 ppg.) and fourth in field goal percentage (.481). In addition, he is shooting 41.7 percent (15-of-36) from three-point range.
 
Bez Mbeng’s 51 assists lead the league. He had six against Santa Clara on Saturday. Mbeng, the 2023 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, also is second in steals with 27.
 
• Both Wolf and Mbeng were named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Tuesday.
 
John Poulakidas (9th, 2.07) and August Mahoney (10th, 1.93) are both in the top-10 in the league in three-point field goals per game. Both are also shooting better than 40 percent from downtown with Mahoney at 44.3 percent and Poulakidas at 40.8 percent.
 
• The Bulldogs are second in the league in scoring defense (66.9 ppg.) and field goal percentage defense (.408).
 
• Both Yale and Howard are playing their final game before the start of league play. The Bulldogs’ Ivy opener is next Tuesday at Brown, while the Bison plays its first MEAC game on Saturday at North Carolina Central.

HISTORY LESSONS

 

Yale is making its second appearance in Howard’s Burr Gymnasium. On Martin Luther King Day in 2020, the Bulldogs rolled to an 89-75 victory over the Bison. The only other meeting between the teams came last season in New Haven when Yale made a school-record 18 three-pointers in a dominant 86-40 victory. August Mahoney (6) and John Poulakidas (4) combined for 10 of the treys. The Bulldogs also were unselfish, finishing with 27 assists on their 31 field goals.

 

SCOUTING HOWARD

 

Yale is the second Ivy League opponent for the Bison, who fell to Penn 78-68 at the Palestra on Dec. 11. Howard (5-9) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 71-66 win a La Salle on Saturday. Marcus Dockery scored a game-high 21 points to lead the way. The Bison feature a familiar face in Seth Towns, who was the 2018 Ivy League Player of the Year at Harvard. He missed his final two seasons at Harvard due to injury before moving on to Ohio State where he appeared in 25 games in 2020-21 but missed the 2021-22 season with an injury. Towns then voluntarily took the 2022-23 season off before enrolling as a graduate student at Howard. In Saturday’s win vs. La Salle, he scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. His season-high of 27 points came against Cincinnati in an overtime loss. Towns (15.6 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) leads the team in scoring and rebounding. Bryce Harris (14.1 ppg.) and Dockery (12.6 ppg.) also average double figures in scoring. Howard won the MEAC Tournament last year and fell to Kansas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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