Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Varsity Athletics Communications, Princeton Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's basketball hits the midway point of the #14GameTournament with Yale alone in first place and Columbia and Princeton each just one game behind in the loss column.
Yale, which has won 10 straight games overall, is 6-0 in Ivy League play for the first time in school history. The 10-game winning streak is the Bulldogs' longest since the 1956-57 season. The longest winning streak in school history is 13, set in 1906-07.
• Cornell freshman guard Matt Morgan and Dartmouth freshman forward Evan Boudreaux continue to lead an impressive group of freshmen in the Ivy League this season. Entering the week, Morgan and Boudreaux are in a battle to earn the title as the top freshman scorer in conference history. Brown's Earl Hunt (17.0 ppg, 460 points in 27 games) in 1999-2000 currently holds that distinction, followed by a trio from Yale -- Ed Peterson (16.4 ppg, 458 points in 28 games) in 1988-89, Steve Leondis (15.9 ppg, 398 points in 25 games) in 1979-80 and Butch Graves (15.8 ppg, 411 in 26 games) in 1980-81.
|PPG||Rank on Team|
|Obi Okolie, Brown||6.9||7th|
|Lukas Meiser, Columbia||4.3||7th|
|Matt Morgan, Cornell||18.6||2nd|
|Evan Boudreaux, Dartmouth||16.9||1st|
|Corey Johnson, Harvard||8.9||3rd
|Jackson Donahue, Penn
|Devin Cannady, Princeton||10.8||2nd|
|Blake Reynolds, Yale|| 2.8
• All eight games this weekend are set for live coverage on The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) with Princeton at Cornell on American Sports Network, as a part of the League's national television package, as well as three games with additional coverage on ESPN3 and one on NESN.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior forward Steven Cook (Winnetka, Ill.) posted a big weekend for the Tigers, leading his squad to wins over Harvard and Dartmouth. Cook reset season-high point totals in back-to-back games with 21 points against the Crimson and then followed that up with 27 points against the Big Green . He shot an efficient 18-of-27 (.667), with eight of those baskets coming from beyond the arc, and dished seven assists with just two turnovers over the weekend.
Cook's Statistics for the Week
Yale senior forward Justin Sears (Plainfield, N.J.) did a little bit of everything as the Bulldogs swept Columbia and Cornell to remain undefeated in Ivy League play. In the showdown of Ivy unbeatens, Sears scored 27 points, grabbed seven rebounds and handed out three assists as Yale knocked off Columbia 86-72. He even hit a pair of three-pointers, just his third and fourth of the season. Sears scored 21 of his 27 points came in the second half as the Bulldogs held off a Lion comeback. The next night against Cornell, Sears did most of his damage in the first half when he scored 10 of his 13 points. In all, he added eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 26 efficient minutes.
Sears' Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman forward Evan Boudreaux (Lake Forest, Ill.) did what he could to help the Big Green on its historically most difficult weekend in Ivy League play at Penn and Princeton, averaging 22.0 points and 8.5 rebounds in a pair of losses. First he poured in a career-high 27 points in his first game at The Palestra , hitting 10-of-21 field goals with a pair of three-pointers and converting all five of his foul shots in a 71-64 defeat. The next night he led Dartmouth in scoring for the seventh-straight game with 17 points and in rebounding for the fifth consecutive contest with nine boards in a 83-70 defeat at Jadwin Gymnasium.
Boudreaux's Statistics for the Week
Maodo Lo, Columbia (Sr., G - Berlin)
21 pts., 6 rebs., 7 stls. at Yale
9 pts., 6 rebs., 3 stls. at Brown
Matt Morgan, Cornell (Fr., G - Concord, N.C.)
19 pts., 5 rebs., 3 assts., 3 stls. at Brown
20 pts., 2 rebs. at Yale
Grant Mullins, Columbia (Sr., G - Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
13 pts., 2 rebs., 3 assts. at Yale
25 pts., 3 rebs., 4 assts. at Brown
Darien Nelson-Henry, Penn (Sr., C - Kirkland, Wash.)
19 pts., 4 rebs., 2 assts., 2 blks., 2 stls. vs. Dartmouth
18 pts., 12 rebs. vs. Harvard
Agunwa Okolie, Harvard (Sr., G/F - Ajax, Ontario, Canada)
14 pts., 8 rebs., 2 assts. at Princeton
11 pts., 10 rebs., 2 assts., 2 blks., 2 stls. vs. Columbia
Brandon Sherrod, Yale (Sr., F - Bridgeport, Conn.)
25 pts., 8 rebs. vs. Columbia
10 pts., 7 rebs., 3 assts. vs. Cornell
Steven Spieth, Brown (Jr., G - Dallas)
16 pts., 9 rebs., 5 assts. vs. Cornell
21 pts., 5 rebs., 2 assts. vs. Columbia
Friday, February 12
*Princeton at Cornell, 6 pm [ASN/ILDN]
*Brown at Harvard, 7 pm [ILDN]
*Penn at Columbia, 7 pm [ILDN/ESPN3]
*Yale at Dartmouth, 7 pm [ILDN]
Saturday, February 13
*Penn at Cornell, 6 pm [ILDN/ESPN3]
*Brown at Dartmouth, 7 pm [ILDN]
*Princeton at Columbia, 7 pm [ILDN/ESPN3]
*Yale at Harvard, 7 pm [NESN/ILDN]
*Ivy League Contests
ASN – American Sports Network; ESPN3 – ESPN3.com; ILDN – Carried live on The Ivy League Digital Network; NESN – New England Sports Network (DirecTV 628, DISH 434, Comcast 51[SD]/581 [HD]