NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Justin Sears' 20 points and clutch free throws led Yale to a 74-67 win over Brown on Saturday.
Armani Cotton added 19 points for the Bulldogs, who outscored Brown 21-10 in turnover points.
Yale (7-8, 1-0 Ivy League) led Brown 33-31 in a tight first half that featured several lead changes.
The second half played out in much the same fashion until the Bulldogs broke free from Brown (8-7, 0-1) seven minutes in and led 55-46 on a Nick Victor layup.
Yale maintained that spread over the next six minutes before Brown closed the gap to just one point with 2:21 to play when Cedrick Kuakumensah made a layup and free throw.
Sears was good on 6-of-6 free throw attempts in the final 1:12 while Brown's long ball efforts failed and the Bulldogs picked up their first conference win.
Sean McGonagill led Brown scorers with 17 points.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.