Penn 64, Princeton 56
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP)—Steve Danley and Ibrahim Jaaber each scored 13 points to lead four Penn players in double figures Tuesday night as the Ivy League champion Quakers defeated Princeton 64-56, sending the Tigers to their first sub-.500 record ever in the league.
Princeton (15-13, 6-8 Ivy League), which along with Penn (13-1, 20-8) has won or shared 35 of the last 37 Ivy titles and was the preseason favorite to win the league, wound up losing eight conference games for the first time since Ivy League play began 49 years ago.
Princeton had been .500 or better in conference play every season since going 5-7 in the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball Conference in 1952-53.
The 51-year streak was more than double the next longest in Division I— Syracuse’s run in the Big East that started with a 7-7 mark in 1981-82, the conference’s third year.
The Tigers’ 15 wins under first-year coach Joe Scott were the school’s fewest in a season since 1992-93.
Playing what was probably his last game for Princeton, senior Judson Wallace scored 12 points, all in the second half. Fellow seniors Andre Logan and Will Venable added 11 points apiece.
In contrast to the teams’ first meeting a month ago, when Princeton blew an 18-point lead with 7:35 left at the Palestra in Philadelphia and lost 70-62 in overtime, Penn did not trail Tuesday night from the 16:00 mark of the first half. Neither were the Quakers able to pull away, as Princeton came within one possession of tying the game or taking the lead several times but were thwarted.
The last time came with 2:39 left in the game when Scott Greenman drove the lane to bring Princeton to within a basket at 53-51. Penn answered quickly as Tim Begley found Danley in the lane, and the sophomore converted a 3-point play with 2:09 left to make the score 56-51.
Venable’s opening basket of the game pushed him past 1,000 points for his career, making him the 26th player in Princeton history to reach that milestone.
In a foul-filled game, Penn was 30-for-41 from the line while Princeton made 11 of its 18 attempts.