In the 233rd career meeting, Penn and Princeton needed overtime to decide the Tigers as the winner, 73-71. For much of the game prior to the midway point in the second half Princeton led. However, after strong bench play and some good ball movement, the Quakers were able to take the lead. Penn could not close out the second half, despite leading by 11 points at one point. Princeton cut down their lead to 2 points with 1 minute left in the game. The Tigers would continue on this run and come all the way back to tie up the game after a bucket by Devin Cannady, sending it into overtime.
In the extra period, the two teams exchanged buckets, but two free throws by Princeton’s Myles Stephens gave the Tigers a 72-71 lead with 27 seconds left in the game. After Cannady hit 1 of 2 from the line to put them ahead by two, Penn was able to get off a last second shot but could not convert.
Penn is now 6-8 overall and 0-1 in Ivy League play.
What went well?
Darien Nelson-Henry gave the Quakers an inside presence, scoring 17 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. Tyler Hamilton and Darnell Foreman gave coach Donahue a spark off of the bench as Hamilton hit two huge threes and gave great defensive effort. He finished the game with 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block. In addition, Foreman scored a layup, hit a three and blocked a shot in three consecutive plays to give the Quakers a 62-53 lead with 3:39 left in the game. Foreman totaled 9 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block. Matt Howard did a adamant job on Princeton’s leading scorer Henry Caruso, limiting him to 8 points and 3 field goals.
What didn’t go well?
Penn went on a seven minute scoring drought from about the 8 minute mark to the 1 minute mark in the first half. Princeton's sophomore guard Amir Bell could not be stopped and led all scorers with 28 points but did not finish the game due to injury. Penn allowed Princeton to come from behind with Devin Cannady hitting a shot to send the game into overtime. Cannady, who ran the show for the Tigers once Bell exited the game, recorded 10 points, 3 boards and a game high 4 steals. The Quakers also struggled holding onto the ball as they had 18 turnover in the gam.
Penn takes on Saint Joseph’s in a Big 5 doubleheader on January 20th. A win against a surging Hawks team would be monumental for this youthful Penn team after a tough loss.
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