Justin Sears has been getting it done for the Bulldogs all season long, and on Friday night equalled a career-high with 28 points on 11 of 15 shooting in Yale's 81-60 victory over visiting Princeton.
Playing all but two minutes, Sears hauled in 12 boards, had two assists, two blocked shots and three steals. His 6-for-8 effort from the foul line included the only two misses from the stripe for the Bulldogs, which canned 26 of 28 free throws as a team.
The victory put Yale at 9-2 on the season, tying them with Harvard for the top spot in the Ivy league. The winner of the Ivy gets an automatic invitation to the NCAA tourney, so the March 6 meeting (next Friday night) between the Crimson and the Bulldogs at Harvard will likely determine the Ivy's representative.
Yale will be looking to avenge a 52-50 loss to Harvard, handed to them on their home court back on February 7. Sears had one of his worst games of the season in that contest, scoring just nine points on 2-for-7 shooting.
NOTES: Some big-time games are on the slate for Saturday. Take a look at these treats (all times Eastern):
- Noon: Michigan at (14) Maryland (ESPN)
- 2:00 pm: (15) North Carolina at Miami (CBS)
- 2:00 pm: (10) Northern Iowa at (11) Wichita St. (ESPN)
- 4:00 pm: (18) Arkansas at (1) Kentucky (CBS)
- 4:00 pm: Virginia Tech at (2) Virginia
- 4:00 pm: (20) West Virginia at (19) Baylor