NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Evan Kelley (Norwalk, Conn.) led the Sacred Heart men's basketball team with 22 points Tuesday night in an 80-65 loss to the Yale Bulldogs at John. J. Lee Ampitheater.
Kelley was 9-for-13 from the field and added three rebounds. Freshman guard Leo Vincent (Bensalem, Pa.) scored a career-high 14 points in 17 minutes off the bench. Chris Evans (Stamford, Conn.) added 13 points and a team-high four assists. Mostafa Abdel Latif (Alexandria, Egypt) led the Pioneers with seven rebounds.
Yale (2-2) jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead, getting threes from Javier Duren and Armani Cotton. The Bulldogs led 14-7 with 15:19 to play in the opening half when Vincent and Kelley combined for a 7-0 Sacred Heart (0-4) run to tie the game 14-14 at the 12:33 mark. The Pioneers took their first lead of the game with 11:06 left in the first on a Kelley three-pointer, making the score 17-16. Kelley made another three with 8:35 left in the half to give Sacred Heart a 20-19 lead. That second three was the Pioneers' last basket of the half. Yale wrapped up the half on a 19-6 run, outscoring Sacred Heart 15-3 in the final 6:43 of the period to take a 38-25 lead.
The Bulldogs kept the lead at double-digits early in the second half, taking a 53-37 lead with 12:38 to play on a Nick Victor three-pointer. Two free throws by Vincent sparked a 9-2 Sacred Heart run over the next 2:53, with Kelley capping it off with a dunk to make the score 55-46 with 9:45 to play. The Pioneers cut the Yale advantage to six, 59-53, with 7:36 to go on a fast break layup by Kelley. That would be as close as Sacred Heart would get. Yale went on a 14-1 run over the next 4:28 to take a 73-54 lead. The Pioneers cut the Bulldogs lead to 10 in the final 1:30 but it wouldn't be enough.
Yale shot 48.1% from the field to Sacred Heart's 45.8%. The Bulldogs also made eight threes in the game and outrebounded the Pioneers 40-28. Duren and Victor each had 16 points to lead Yale in scoring.
Sacred Heart continues its road trip Saturday with a 4 p.m. game at Fordham.