The Yale men's basketball team defeated Columbia on the road Wednesday night, winning the first postseason matchup in history between Ivy League teams 72-69. Javier Duran scored 26 of his career-high 33 points in the second half.
Details here from Tim Bennett.
Next up for Yale is a semifinal game Tuesday at VMI in Lexington, Va. The CIT championship game is April 3.
The Bulldogs are in the postseason for the sixth time, with NCAA Tournament appearances in 1949, 1957 and 1962. Yale won at Rutgers in the 2002 NIT before a loss to Tennessee Tech at the New Haven Coliseum, and the team lost a 2012 CIT game at Fairfield.
Now they've defeated Quinnipiac, Holy Cross and Columbia in the CIT.
All the details below in a Yale press release from Bennett ...
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The highest scoring team in the nation is what stands between Yale and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) championship game. The Bulldogs face VMI in the semifinals on Tuesday night in Lexington, Va., in a game that will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network. The start time has yet to be determined but will be either 7 or 9 p.m.
The Keydets (22-12) average 89 points but have been even more proficient in the CIT. They beat Canisius 111-100 in the first round, IPFW 106-95 in the second round and Ohio 92-90 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. D.J. Covington (20.2 ppg.), QJ Peterson (19.4 ppg.) and Rodney Glasgow (18.8 ppg.) average double figures in scoring. Covington set a new CIT single-game scoring record when he went off for 41 points in the win over IPFW.
The Bulldogs (18-13) have played three nail biters in the tournament, including Wednesday’s 72-69 victory over Columbia that featured 10 ties and seven lead changes. Yale’s largest lead in the tournament was nine points midway through the second half in the 71-66 victory over Holy Cross in the second round.
This will be the first meeting between Yale and VMI.
Pacific will play at the winner of tonight’s Towson-Murray State game in the other semifinal. The CIT championship game is next Thursday (Apr. 3).