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Green catches fire, then injures ankle in Cardinal basketball victory over Yale

 

By Rick Eymer

Palo Alto Online Sports

Just as Jeremy Green was heating up, he headed out. Not exactly what the Stanford men's basketball team needs with Pac-10 Conference play just around the New Year corner.

Green scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half before leaving the game with an injury, helping Stanford beat Yale 60-44 Tuesday night.

"He rolled his ankle pretty good," Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. "Under different circumstances he could have played the last three or four minutes. We'll see how he is tomorrow, if there's any swelling."

The Cardinal would love to be at full strength when the Bears come to town.

"I'm optimistic," Dawkins said. "He's pretty sturdy. We are excited about the Pac-10. We've had some amazing tests and been in incredible environments. The schedule helped us get prepared."

Josh Owens added 10 points for the Cardinal (7-4), who improved to 6-0 at home.

"We keep taking steps to get better all the time," said Owens, who missed all of last year with an undisclosed medical condition. "Everything is good."

Freshman Aaron Bright has assumed the starting point guard spot, with Jarrett Mann moving to the off guard and Green getting action on the perimeter. Bright, who had six points and six assists with one turnover, is expected to start against Cal.

"I like Aaron there," Dawkins said. "We can get better at that position."

"I think the defense has to respect his long-range shot," Owens said.

Green left the game with just under six minutes to play after connecting on his third consecutive 3-pointer. He twisted his left ankle and remained on the floor for a couple of minutes before limping off.

Stanford used a 12-0 run during an eight-minute stretch to pull away from the Bulldogs, who held a 37-36 lead with 13:25 left in the contest. Yale scored again with 5:28 left.

Stanford trailed, 27-26, at halftime, the first time it has been behind at the intermission at home.

Woodside Priory grad Reggie Willhite didn't have his best game for Yale, scoring five points in 30 minutes on 2-of-8 shooting. The 6-4 forward entered play fifth in the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.513) and has reached double figures in six games. He has a career-high of 19 points earlier in the season against Hartford.

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