Key sequence: Penn put together a big 7-2 run after falling behind by a bucket on a pair of free throws by Chris Skrelja inside of three minutes remaining. After Brian Grandieri split a pair of free throws, Ibby Jaaber got a fastbreak pass from Steve Danley and layed it in to put Penn up. Skrelja turned it over on the next possession, and Kevin Egee drove the lane for a reverse lay-in and a three-point Penn advantage. Scott Friske brought Brown within one with two free throws at the 1:34 mark, and the Bears had a chance to take the lead in the final minute, but Damon Huffman was called for an offensive foul for a hook on a post move, giving the ball back to Penn with only 45 ticks on the clock.
Key sequence: After Casey Hughes opened the scoring with a pair of free throws 30 seconds in, Penn went on a 24-2 run that put the Quakers up 20 just eight minutes into the game. Darren Smith got Penn on the board with a three-pointer from in front of the Yale bench, then Steve Danley put the Quakers on top with a jumper on the next possession. A Matt Kyle layup got the Bulldogs back within one, but it would be the final points for the visitors for the next 5:20. Danley drilled a three, and Penn would go on to score on its next three possession. The Quakers led 14-4 when Danley picked up his second foul, but Brennan Votel came off the bench and scored eight straight points, before a Zoller layup capped off the run. By the time Eric Flato hit a three-pointer with 12:08 left, the game was out of hand.
Key sequence: Cornell came back from a 10-point halftime deficit to take a 53-50 lead on a Ugo Ihekweazu bucket with 12:31 remaining in the game. However, Penn responded with a 10-0 run that included two tough layups by Mark Zoller and ended with Ibby Jaaber throwing the ball off Andrew Naeve’s back on an inbounds and laying it in for a 60-63 Quaker lead at the 8:44 mark.
Key sequence: Early on, Penn was content to give Columbia wide open looks, and the Lions hit three three-pointers in the first eight minutes. But after Columbia grabbed a 19-14 lead on a layup by Kevin Bulger 7:40 into the game, the Quaker defense tightened. Penn only allowed two field goals over the final 12:20 and outscored the Lions 19-5 over the rest of the half to take a 33-24 lead into intermission.