Key sequence: Princeton took advantage of a Penn scoring drought lasting 7:31 to tie the game at 29 on a Lincoln Gunn free throw at the 11:24 mark of the second half — but the Quakers came right back. A Steve Danley layup put Penn back on top to stay, and after Princeton missed two threes on its next possession, Kevin Steuerer sent Mark Zoller to the line, where the senior cashed in two free throws. Neither team scored over over two minutes until Darren Smith found Zoller for a layup to stretch the margin to six. An over-the-back call on Kyle Koncz resulted in two Brian Grandieri free throws, before Grandieri made it a double-digit game with a jumper in the paint. After the two teams traded misses, Ibby Jaaber jumped out on a Justin Conway pass to the top of the key and took it the other way for a two-handed slam to ignite the home crowd and cap off a 12-0 Quaker run that made it 41-29 with 5:07 left.
Key sequence: Dartmouth cut its deficit to just five on a Marlon Sanders layup with just over four minutes left in the half, but Penn would close out the half with a burst. Darren Smith grabbed his own miss and Tommy McMahon scored on the second chance. While Dartmouth was missing a shot and committing three straight turnovers, Steve Danley scored a layup and jumper and Smith added a lay-in for a quick 8-0 run that gave Penn a 36-23 lead. Alex Barnett hit two free throws and each team hit 1 of 2 at the line in the minute, before Kevin Egee drilled a three-pointer from in front of the Dartmouth bench in the final seconds of the half to send Penn into the locker room with a 40-26 lead.
Key sequence: After Penn fell behind 38-19 with under four minutes left in the first half, Steve Danley found a cutting Ibby Jaaber for a two-handed dunk. Danley then came up with a steal and Brian Grandieri drilled a three-pointer, then dished to Jaaber for a layup just over a minute later to cut the deficit to 12. Two Jaaber free throws, a conventional three-point play by the Penn point guard, and another Jaaber bucket and foul brought the Quakers to within five. It looked like Penn would head into halftime on a 14-0 run, but following a Jaaber blocking foul with 1.9 seconds left that gave Temple new life, Dionte Christmas sank a long three-pointer at the buzzer to send the Owls into the locker room with a 41-33 lead.
Key sequence: With Penn trailing 49-46, Steve Danley attempted a potential game-tying three-pointer, but the shot wouldn’t fall and Fordham’s Bryan Dunston got an easy bucket at the other end. On Penn’s next possession, Danley was called for a charge, and headed to the bench with four fouls at the 13:05 mark. With the Quakers’ starting center out of the game, Dunston proceeded to score eight points during a decisive 18-3 Fordham run that left Penn trailing 67-49 with under five minutes left.
Key sequence: After Monmouth closed to within three, 43-40, on a five-point possession early in the second half, Mark Zoller scored eight of the game’s next nine points as Penn opened up a 10-point lead. Penn’s run eventually ballooned to 15-3 and Monmouth never got within single digits again.