NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Round one goes to the big brother.
Yale defeated Columbia 63-58 on Friday giving James Jones a
victory over his younger brother Joe Jones. They were the first
brothers in more than 40 years to coach against each other in
Division I and their first matchup drew national attention.
The brothers broke into broad smiles as they hugged and kissed
just before tip-off and then embraced again after the game.
"It was weird," Joe Jones said. "You try not to focus on it,
but then you walk out to the court and see your brother. He called
me last night, saying he couldn't wait for this to just get over
with, that the media was killing him. And he has an ego the size of
this room, so you know it must have been getting bad."
Dominick Martin led Yale (7-11, 2-3 Ivy League) with 14 points
and six boards. Columbia (6-12, 2-3) turned the ball over three
times in the final 2 minutes and were called for an illegal screen
with 11.6 seconds left. Matt Land led the Lions with 14 points.
The Bulldogs overcame a four-point halftime deficit and shot 54
percent in the second half to outscore the Lions 38-29 in the final
The last brothers to coach against each other were Hank and
Clarence Iba, who did it in the Missouri Valley Conference from the
1949-50 season through 1959-60. Clarence coached Tulsa and Hank was
at Oklahoma State, which was then Oklahoma A&M.
James Jones, 39, who is in his fifth season at Yale, led the
Bulldogs to their first Ivy League title in 40 years two seasons
ago. Joe Jones is in his first season at Columbia.
Their different coaching styles were evident on Friday. Joe
Jones, 14 months younger than James, 39, was the more active and
James Jones, the more laid back, often crouched near the bench.
For him, the victory was a bit of a payback.
"This was for all the times I had to drive him to school, in my
1972 Duster," James Jones said. "He and my brother John would
just stand in the doorway and watch as I shoveled snow off the top.
My father made me drive them to school, because if it was up to me,
I would have just left them."
Several family members were among the crowd in the 2,532-seat
"This has been too much," their mother Edna Davis said of all
the attention her sons have received this week. "I always knew
they'd both be successful in something, but this is fantastic. The
only thing I don't like is that one of them has to lose."
The Jones brothers will face each other again March 6 in the
season finale at Columbia.