Yale men’s basketball falls to Purdue in NCAA Tournament first round

MILWAUKEE — Jaden Ivey dashed up the court, and Zach Edey towered over the lane.

Purdue’s speed and size were just too much for the Yale men’s basketball team.

Ivey raced his way to 22 points and Edey controlled the action inside, helping the Boilermakers shut down the Bulldogs for a 78-56 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Ivey, one of the fastest players in college basketball, went 3 for 6 from 3-point range and 7 for 9 at the free-throw line in 27 minutes. The 7-foot-4, 295-pound Edey made the most of his size advantage against the Ivy League champions, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.

“On the rebounds, I felt like I could just kind of get it over them,” Edey said.

No kidding. Yale coach James Jones inserted 6-8 EJ Jarvis into his starting lineup, looking for a bigger body to help with Purdue’s size. But it had little effect.

“Have you seen anybody in your life as big as (Edey) is?” said Jones, who led the Bulldogs to their third NCAA tournament appearance in his tenure. “Other than Yao Ming, I’ve seen nobody as big as he is. He is the second-largest man I’ve ever seen.”

Yale, the 14th seed, was making its third tournament appearance since 2016. The Bulldogs, as a No. 12 seed, defeated Baylor 79-75 in 2016, then gave No. 4 seed Duke a scare before falling 71-64. In 2019, Yale, also as a No. 14 seed, played with LSU and New Haven native Tremont Waters to the end, before losing 79-74.

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