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Ivy League cancels basketball tournament after Penn fought to get in

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Ivy League cancels basketball tournament after Penn fought to get in

The Ivy League has cancelled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments “in accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals to discourage and limit large gatherings on campuses in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation,” the league announced Tuesday.

The Yale men and Princeton women’s teams — regular-season champions in the Ivy League — will automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

The Penn men’s team was slated to be the fourth seed in the four-team tournament, having clinched a spot with three straight wins. Senior AJ Brodeur broke the school’s all-time scoring record and recorded the first triple-double in program history Saturday in Penn’s win over Columbia.

The Quaker women had a 20-7 regular-season mark, 10-4 in conference, and would have been the No. 2 seed in the Ivy League Tournament. The Princeton women’s team is 26-1 and was ranked No. 22 in the latest AP poll. 

“We understand and share the disappointment with student-athletes, coaches and fans who will not be able to participate in these tournaments,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said in a press release. “Regrettably, the information and recommendations presented to us from public health authorities and medical professionals have convinced us that this is the most prudent decision.”

Additionally, according to the release, “the League is also implementing highly-restrictive, in-venue spectator limitations for all other upcoming campus athletics events. The League is also canceling all out-of-season practices and competitions.”

Harvard, which was set to host the tournament, will move all courses online after March 23 because of the coronavirus outbreak and is asking students not to return after Spring Break, the University announced on Tuesday morning.

All tickets for the tournament will be refunded. 

“Following a number of league-wide discussions throughout the last several weeks, we have decided to exercise caution in the interest of student-athletes, fans and the general community,” Harris said. 

Penn suffers season sweep to Ivy League rival Princeton

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Penn suffers season sweep to Ivy League rival Princeton

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Devin Cannady scored 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead Princeton past Pennsylvania 62-53 on Saturday.

Cannady sank all 10 of his free throws for the Tigers (9-5, 2-0 Ivy League) who shot 90.5 percent from the foul line. Richmond Aririguzoh added 17 points and nine rebounds and Myles Stephens had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Princeton — which beat Penn at home 68-65 in overtime last week in the Ivy League opener — had a 55-34 rebounding advantage over the Quakers (10-6, 0-2).

The teams were tied 27-all at the break and remained close early in the second half until a Cannady 3-pointer followed by a Stephens layup gave the Tigers a 46-41 edge with 10:41 to play. Penn closed to 46-45 with 8:29 left and Stephens replied with eight straight points to open it up again, 54-47, with 4:28 remaining.

AJ Brodeur scored 16 points with 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Quakers.

Penn falls in overtime to Princeton in Ivy League opener

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Penn falls in overtime to Princeton in Ivy League opener

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PRINCETON, N.J. — Sebastian Much sank two free throws to put Princeton up 68-65 with 6.5 seconds left in overtime and, when Penn missed twice as the time ran out, the Tigers captured the Ivy League opener on Saturday.

Thanks to the quirks of scheduling, the teams meet again at the Palestra next Saturday.

Richmond Aririguzoh led Princeton (8-5, 1-0) with a career-high 20 points and Myles Stephens notched his sixth career double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

Penn trailed by eight in the final five minutes of regulation before a Devon Goodman 3-pointer capped an 11-2 run and they lead at 62-61 inside the final minute. Much made the second of a two-shot foul to tie with 39 seconds left and Princeton missed a last-second jumper, leading to overtime.

AJ Brodeur led the Quakers (10-5, 0-1) with 18 points and a career-best 15 rebounds. Goodman added 15 points, and Bryce Washington and Antonio Woods scored 11 each.

It was injury-depleted Penn's second-straight overtime loss, having fallen 76-74 to Monmouth on Monday.