Gamecenter: Penn 74, Cornell 87

1st 2nd Final
Penn (7-14, 2-2 Ivy) 36 38 74
Clemson (14-5, 6-0 Ivy) 41 46 87
Newman Arena – Ithaca, NY Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Penn had led for most of the first half, and Cornell’s lead was just 41-39 early in the second half when Ryan Wittman personally blew open a tight game. The sophomore sharpshooter drilled three-pointers on three straight Big Red possessions within a span of 55 seconds. When the smoke cleared, suddenly the Quakers found themselves staring at an 11-point deficit, and Cornell would lead the rest of the way.
Key sign it was over After a Penn run midway through the second half cut a 65-50 Cornell lead to 71-69 with 4:35 remaining in the game, Wittman again stepped up, hitting a big three-pointer to launch a 10-0 Big Red run to put away the game. At the other end, Andreas Schreiber was whistled for a charge, Jeff Foote fought for and won an offensive rebound, and put it back up and in for a seven-point lead. Schreiber couldn’t answer from close range, at which point Louis Dale hit two free throws to make it a nine-point game. Brian Grandieri missed a jumper, grabbed his own miss, and drew a foul, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Adam Gore put the dagger in Penn with a big three-pointer with 2:24 left, putting the Big Red up 81-69. The Quakers would get back within seven, but Schreiber threw a wide-open slam dunk off the rim and out of bounds with his team down nine and under a minute to play, ending any chance of a Penn comeback.
Key performance Penn did a reasonable job of containing Wittman for most of the game, allowing him only six points on 3-of-5 shooting from two-point range. But the sophomore delivered from the perimeter when it mattered, making 5 of 8 threes — including three in 53 seconds early in the second half and the big one late in the game. Wittman finished the night with a game-high 25 points.
Key statistic Cornell made 27 of its 29 free throw attempts (93.1 percent), with Louis Dale making 13 of 14. In stark contrast, Penn was just 11 of 19 (57.9 percent) from the line.

– Penn was led by Schreiber, who scored a career-best 23 points on 9-for-17 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds, blocked two shots and recorded one steal. Harrison Gaines had a very impressive performance off the bench for Glen Miller, scoring 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting and dishing out seven assists without committing a turnover in 28 minutes, while Grandieri was the third Quaker in double digits with 12 points.

– Dale combined with Gaines for a great point guard duel, scoring 24 points — albeit on 5-of-13 shooting — grabbing nine rebounds, and recording four assists in 35 minutes. Gore was Cornell’s third double-figure scorer with 14 points.

– Two long streaks were snapped on the night. The win was Big Red coach Steve Donahue’s first ever over Penn, snapping a 14-game losing streak against the Quakers. Additionally, Dale’s lone miss from the charity stripe ended his streak of consecutive made free throws at an impressive 52, after making his first five attempts of the night..

– Miller gave seldom-used guard Remy Cofield a surprise start, slotting him in the hole created by the injured Tyler Bernardini. Cofield played 21 minutes and scored six points, pulled down five rebounds, dished out an assist, and committed one turnover.

– The Quaker press resulted in some turnovers by the home team, as Penn enjoyed a 12-9 edge in turnovers and outscored Cornell 18-11 in points off turnovers.

– Penn returns home to host arch rival Princeton on Tuesday, February 12, at 7:00 pm ET, while Cornell will head to Boston to take on Harvard on Friday, February 15, at 7:00 pm ET.

Jonathan Tannenwald

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