Kyle career-high shooting paces Yale in 82-71 win over Sacred Heart
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)—Matt Kyle scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Yale over Sacred Heart 82-71 in the season opener for both teams Saturday.
Kyle had 14 points at the half, but Sacred Heart held the lead 36-35. The Bulldogs then went on a 13-2 run early in the second half to take control of the contest.
“I actually felt pretty good at halftime because we were only down one and we couldn’t have played any worse,” Yale coach James Jones said. “It was a little choppy at the start, but I think the guys were nervous.”
Yale suffered through a stretch in the first half when it turned over the ball six straight times, but then took care of the ball in the second half and pulled away.
Yale got double-figure scoring from Caleb Holmes with 15 points, Eric Flato with 14 and Alex Zampier with 13.
Ryon Howard led Sacred Heart with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Drew Shubick scored 14 and Brice Brooks added 13.
Sacred Heart shot just 27-of-77 from the floor.
“We believe our strength is our shooting, and we didn’t shoot at all today,” Sacred Heart coach Dave Bike said. “There are going to be games like that when you’re not shooting well and you have to find ways to get it done.”
Sacred Heart’s biggest lead was 27-23 with 6:06 to play in the first half, but Yale responded with a 7-0 run.