The freshman basketball team must win its final game at New Haven tonight to preserve its winning season. The Yardling quintet is currently in the throes of a bad slump, having lost seven of its last nine encounters for an 8-7 record.
The only team that both squads have met is Andover, which beat Yale but lost to the Crimson, 70 to 65. On the basis of this contest, the Yardlings are slightly favored, if they show an improvement over their most recent efforts.
Bob Bowditch, who led the squad with 19 tallies in its 64-53 loss to Providence last week, is the team's leading scorer so far with 275 points in 15 games, for an 18.3 average. Bill Richling is second with a respectable 15.8 mark.
Along with Bowditch and Richling at forwards, Coach Bruce Munro plans to start Guy Vise at center and Greg Loser and Ray Cogswell at the guard positions. The outcome of the game may well hinge on Vise's rebounding and the ballhandling of the backcourt men.