7:00 PM ET, February 6, 2004
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 period.Paul Vitelli added 13 points for Yale. Dragutin Kravic finished with 10 points and seven boards for Columbia.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 rarely sat.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 Lee Amphitheater."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.
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