Yale 70, Manhattan 69, OT
NEW YORK (AP)—T.J. McHugh’s layup with 6.7 seconds to play in overtime gave Yale a 70-69 victory over Manhattan on Saturday in the Elis’ first game in Madison Square Garden in 45 years.
McHugh, who finished with 15 points, took a bounce pass from Alex Gamboa and laid it in from the left side to give Yale (3-2) the lead and its third straight win.
Luis Flores’ drive bounced off the rim as the buzzer sounded as the Jaspers (3-1) lost for the first time this season.
McHugh had seven points in the final 6:13 of regulation as the Elis overcame a seven-point deficit. His shot down low gave Yale a 59-58 lead with 57 seconds left in regulation. After a miss by Manhattan, Matt Minoff made two free throws with 18 seconds left for a three-point Yale lead.
Freshman guard Jason Wingate hit a 3-pointer—his only one of the game— with 2.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and Yale’s final attempt was late.
Flores, who finished with 16 points, made two free throws with 14 seconds left to give Manhattan its only lead of the overtime, 69-68, and Gamboa found McHugh for the game-winner on the next possession.
Edwin Draughn added 12 points for Yale, which last played in the Madison Square Garden on March 12, 1957, a 90-74 loss to North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Jared Johnson had 14 points and Dave Holmes added 13 for Manhattan, which had won its three games by at least 12 points.
The Jaspers struggled against Yale’s 2-3 zone and finished 5-for-23 from 3-point range, 4-for-15 in the second half.