Gamecenter: Yale 58, Penn 86

1st 2nd Final
Yale (13-13, 9-4 Ivy) 29 29 58
Penn (20-8) 49 37 86
The Palestra – Philadelphia, PA Boxscore
Postgame audio
Courtside at net-cutting: Glen Miller
Press conference: Glen Miller, Ibby Jaaber, and Mark Zoller
Keys to the Game
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 sign it was over Yale’s frontcourt came out and scored the first six points of the second half to make it a 14-point game. But Brian Grandieri hit a basline jumper, and after a free throw by Ross Morin, Zoller added two at the line. Caleb Holmes also went 1-for-2 at the stripe, before Jaaber sank a long two-point jumper from the elbow. Following a miss by Casey Hughes, Grandieri hit another jumper to push the margin back to 20, and Zoller grabbed his own miss and put it back, adding a free throw for a three-point play. When Zoller scored on a leak-out off a Yale miss, Penn had responded with a 13-2 run that put the Quakers up 25, rendering the final 14 minutes largely meaningless.
Key performance Zoller had one of the top all-around performances of his career with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting, 17 rebounds, six assists, four steals and four blocks. Six of his nine field goals came inside as Penn outscored Yale 42-26 in the paint.
Key statistic In the first half, Penn shot 18 of 30 (60.0 percent), including 4 of 9 (44.4 percent) from three and 14 of 21 (66.7 percent) inside the arc. Meanwhile Yale hit just 10 of 28 (35.7 percent) while committing nine turnovers.

– Jaaber also had a strong overall game with 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three assists.

– Flato led Yale with 11 points and adding five assists and three steals — though also five turnovers.

– Casey Hughes, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds in Yalels 77-68 win over Penn on February 3 in New Haven, was held to only four points on 1-of-5 shooting. His only basket came in the second half on a fastbreak dunk with Yale down 29.

– Penn had its way on the glass against the nation’s leading defensive rebounding team. The Quakers pulled down 13 of 28 (46.4 percent) of rebounds at their offensive end and held Yale to 17.9-percent offensive rebounding for a 24-8 advantage in second-chance points.

– Penn outscored Yale 42-26 in the paint.

– In the postgame press conference, Zoller and Jaaber were asked who should be Ivy League Player of the Year, and both players simultaneously said the other person.

– The Bulldogs will look to secure second place when they head up to Princeton to face the Tigers (11-15, 2-10) on Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 pm ET. The Quakers can extend their winning streak to nine with a win over Brown (11-17, 6-7 Ivy) at 7:00 pm ET.

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