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CAMBRIDGE, MA(HARVARD, SMI-SPORTS-COLLEGE,03.11-03.13.22)-The 2022 Ivy League Men's basketball tournament concluded today, Sunday March 13, with Yale defeating Princeton 66-64, in the championship game, winning the Ivy League Crown and earning its second straight automatic berth to the NCAA at Lavietes Pavillion, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
With the win, the #2 seeded Bulldogs punched its ticket to the NCAA after defeating Penn 67-61, in the Ivy semifinals and Princeton in the championship game for its fourth berth out of six years and seventh overall in school program history.
A showdown between two-foes who split a victory apiece in the regular season with Yale taking the first game as a visitor of 80-74, at the Jadwin Gym in Princeton and the Tigers even the series at one with a win of 81-75, as a visitor as well at Lee Amphitheater at Yale.
Princeton scored the first 2-points and led 4-2 for the first couple minutes of the game but Yale took lead and full command of the game with an aggressive offensive attack and solid defense the rest of the game.
The Bulldogs shot 48% from the field with Azar Swain, Matt Knowling and Bez Mbeng creating the most impact in the offensive line with Yale leading 32-25, at the half.
Both teams came out very eager in the second half, but Yale put a wall on their defensive line that Princeton had a tough time to penetrate the rest of the way
for the victory of Yale 66-64 over Princeton.
The Bulldogs were led by Azar Swain with 23 points including 3-triples and was named the MVP of the tournament. Bez Mbeng had 13 points, Matt Knowling added 12 and Matthue Cotton contributed with 10 points in the win.
Princeton were led by Tosan Evbuomwan with 20 points and 11-rebounds.Jaelin Llewellyn added 18 points including going 4-1 outside the arc while Ethan Wright contributes with 15 points and 3-triples in the loss.
During the selection show this evening, Yale was paired to play against Perdue in the first round of the NCAA on March 18, 2022.
Article Written & Photos by Marcello Cutti Jr.
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