I don't think anyone was expecting the Quakers to make it to the postseason heading into tonight, but now it's official. All that the league-leading Harvard Crimson had to do was win to eliminate Penn from mathematically being able to win the Ivy League, and they did just that. Harvard beat Cornell tonight to reach 10 wins, a feat that is now impossible for the Quakers to match.
Penn played the Yale Bulldogs close tonight in the first half, but the home Bulldogs were able to start a 10-0 run that carried through halftime and into the second half to seal the game. Penn was up 22-21 with 2:37 left in the first half, but that was the last time they would lead.
The Penn Quakers went in to tonight at 1-2 needing a win in order not to fall into a hole in the Ivy League where every win counts since there is no conference tournament. A great all around effort led the Quakers past the Cornell Big Red tonight, but the star of the game was Tony Hicks. Hicks netted 27 points and shot 8 of 9 from the free throw line.
In what has become a recurring trend for the Penn Quakers this season, they played George Mason hard down the stretch, but simply couldn't pull off the victory. This drops Penn to 2-9 on the year and adds to their 6-game losing streak.
This one hurt for Penn. Up 13 with a little under 7 minutes left, Penn let the game slip away from them, costing them a much-needed win. The Quakers have now dropped 5 in a row and have not won at all during the month of December. Ultimately the out-of-conference play does not matter, but it would be good for Penn to go into Ivy League play with a morale boost.
The Penn Quakers have not played a basketball game in 15 days, since their December 7 loss to Wagner. Those 15 days off did not help the Quakers at all as they were easily dispatched by the Marist Red Foxes on the road today 76-62.
Junior Anthony Lee took over late in the game for Temple and helped them pick up the well-fought victory over Saint Joe's tonight. He scored 7 of the last 8 points for Temple to help them win 77-69. This was helped in part by a few defensive lapses by SJU down the stretch, allowing an easy bucket in the paint that was quickly followed by letting Lee rebound his own missed free throw despite being outmanned 3-1.
Penn and Lafayette played each other hard today. Neither team ever really had a sizable lead, but ultimately Lafayette prevailed and stole a 79-76 victory from the Quakers.
Tony Hicks went off tonight for the Quakers, scoring a career high 33 points. Miles Jackson-Cartwright added 13 as Penn went on to defeat the Niagara Purple Eagles 85-66.
The Quakers traveled to Iowa City tonight to take on the Hawkeyes. Unfortunately they never really showed up there. The problem for Penn in this game can pretty much be summed up in one word, turnovers.
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