Friday, November 15, 2013

Roundball Time

Chappaqua's Matt Townsend '15, no. 42 (left) and defending (far right), and his Yale teammates tested waters with big name UConn in the season's first week. (Hartfourd Courant photos)

Don't blink. By the time Yale alumni and football followers scramble to find tickets to The Game, hosted by Yale Nov. 23 in its 130th chapter, fall sports will wind down. Winter sports wind up, and Payne Whitney and Ingalls Rink turn on their lights to start busy seasons.

Basketball at Yale is already a week into the new year. Tradition calls for the men's team to test waters with big names before settling into the basic business of the Ivy schedule.  The Yale men launched 2013-14 with contests against two big basketball names, Rutgers and UConn, the latter historically a bigger name (at least in basketball) than the former.

Yale, now 1-2, lost to both. But the bigger names had to fend off a hustling, pesky Yale in both games. The Bulldogs came within a basket in the final seconds of beating Rutgers. (The Scarlet Knights won, 72-71.) Chappaqua's Matt Townsend '15 is already showing his value as a rebounding sixth man (at forward) off the bench. In the 80-62 loss at UConn, he had 5 rebounds. Against Rutgers, he contributed 4.

Yale criss-crosses the country in November and December before starting its Ivy schedule against Brown, Jan. 18.


Townsend, no. 42, watches teammate Justin Sears '16, no. 22, dunk against UConn. (YDN, James Badas photo)

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