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Instant Replay: Penn falls to top-seeded Princeton in Ivy League Tournament

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Instant Replay: Penn falls to top-seeded Princeton in Ivy League Tournament


For the first 40 minutes of the game, the University of Pennsylvania never trailed. Yet, despite a 10-point lead and a chance to seal the game in the final minute, the Quakers fell victim to the chaos of March Madness. 

Princeton forced overtime with a thrilling comeback and narrowly topped Penn, rallying in a 72-64 win at the Palestra in the semifinal of the inaugural Ivy League Tournament.

Sophomore guard Myles Stephens tied the game on a putback layup with just 5.3 seconds left in regulation before handing the Tigers their first lead at the start of overtime. In overtime, Princeton scored the first nine points and stifled the Quakers, sealing the comeback.

Stephens led all scorers with 21 points while freshman Ryan Betley nearly led an upset victory with 18 points and 12 rebounds. 

No. 1 seed Princeton had to play a pseudo road game Saturday against the Quakers, who finished just 6-8 in conference play. It was apparent from the opening tip that the crowd was on Penn's side. 

In the early second half, Penn extended its lead to 10 points with just 16 minutes to go. From there on out, it was all Tigers. Amir Bell and Stephens led the thrilling comeback, needing just eight minutes to erase the deficit and tie the game at 49. 

From there, it was back and forth like a classic Penn-Princeton duel of previous decades. Tied at 57 with under a minute to go, Matt Howard drained a jumper to put Penn ahead. However, after a Princeton miss, Howard missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Stephens' putback on Bell's miss tied the game and forced overtime.

Bell had 16 points off the bench while Cannady, who went just 1 for 8 from the field, was a perfect 10 for 10 from the free-throw line and had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Howard had 17 points while freshman A.J. Brodeur had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards for the Quakers. 

With the win, Princeton moves to 22-6 while the Quakers finish the season at 13-15 with three losses to the Tigers. Princeton has now won eight straight games against Penn dating back to Jan. 11, 2014.

First half
The Quakers blitzed the Tigers from the start Saturday afternoon. They began the game on a 7-2 run and led for the entire first half. It was a shocking reversal from the two schools' prior meetings in which Penn led for a total of just 3:17 combined during two losses.

Betley was nearly unstoppable for Penn before the break. He made all five of his shots, including two threes, en route to 12 points while grabbing a game-high seven rebounds. Penn stretched its lead to as much as nine, 28-19, before junior guard Amir Bell led a Tigers run before halftime. By the half, Penn led by three, 33-30, while Bell had nine points on just three shots.

All-time series
This was the 237th meeting between the two programs. Penn leads the all-time series, 124-113. Princeton, however, has won 16 of the last 18 matchups.

Earlier in the day
In the first game of the tournament, Penn women's basketball overcame a challenge from Brown to win, 71-60. The Quakers will face either Harvard or Princeton in the final Sunday afternoon.

Box Score
• Penn shot just 8 for 27 from three-point range, including just 3 for 17 after halftime. Princeton wasn't much better, going 5 for 18 from deep.

• After eight first-half turnovers, Princeton coughed up the ball just one more time. 

• Penn outshot Princeton from the field, 40.6 to 37.5 percent.

Next up
By virtue of its win, Princeton advances to the Ivy League Tournament final Sunday at noon, also at the Palestra. The Tigers will play either Harvard or Yale.

Meanwhile, Penn's season is over with the defeat. The Quakers won six of their final nine games.

Penn rout sets up Ivy League showdown

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Penn rout sets up Ivy League showdown


Ryan Betley and Caleb Wood scored 12 points apiece, and Pennsylvania routed cold-shooting Dartmouth 74-46 on Friday night.

Penn (20-7, 10-1 Ivy League) has won three straight, remains atop the league standings and faces Harvard (10-1) on Saturday. Dartmouth (6-18, 2-9) has lost two of its last three games.

Betley made three 3-poiners and Wood was 5 of 9 from the floor. Max Rothschild added 11 points and Darnell Foreman had 11 of Penn's 46 rebounds.

Dartmouth shot 19 of 57 (33 percent) from the field and missed all 18 of its 3-point attempts. Chris Knight scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting for the Big Green.

The Quakers closed the first half on a 14-4 run for a 39-19 advantage and cruised from there. Betley scored six points, and Wood and Devon Goodman each made a 3-pointer during the stretch.

Penn beats Cornell to stay at top of Ivy League

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Penn beats Cornell to stay at top of Ivy League


ITHACA, N.Y. —  Ryan Betley matched his career high with six three-pointers in scoring 23 points, AJ Brodeur added 21 and Penn remained in first place in the Ivy League with a 79-71 victory over Cornell on Saturday night.

Cornell was within five with a minute to go but 7-of-12 shooting from the free-throw line, including five from Betley, was enough for Penn.

Betley made consecutive 3-pointers and Antonio Woods added another for a 40-33 lead with 15:58 left. Darnell Foreman's 3-pointer gave Penn the game's first double-digit lead with 10:27 remaining and another Betley 3 its largest lead of 13 with five minutes left.

Caleb Wood added three 3s and 13 points for the Quakers (19-7, 9-1), who shot 52 percent and made 11 of 25 from the arc.

Terrance McBride scored 14 points, Jack Gordon and Matt Morgan 12 each and Stone Gettings 11 for the Big Red (10-13, 4-6), who shot 50 percent but just 6 of 21 on 3-pointers. Morgan, the nation's eighth-leading scorer coming in at 23.1 points per game, was 0 for 8 from the arc.