Oni, Downey Lift Yale Past Washington 98-90
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Huskies found out that even without their leading scorer, Yale still is a formidable basketball team, especially on the backboards.
Miye Oni scored 24 points, Sam Downey added 22 and Yale turned back a furious second-half rally to hold off Washington 98-90 on Sunday in the season opener for both teams.
Yale, which made the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 1972, adjusted quickly to the absence of guard Makai Mason, who sustained a broken foot in a scrimmage with Boston University on Nov. 5 and likely will miss the entire season.
The Bulldogs, who led 49-35 at the half, outrebounded Washington 42-29, including a 21-4 advantage on the offensive end. Yale also had 20 assists on its 33 field goals and finished with seven turnovers — just one in the first half.
Washington shot 66.7 percent in the second half and battled back within 77-73 on a jumper by highly-touted freshman Markelle Fultz, who finished with 30 points.
The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 88-77 on Oni's 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:24 left.