Gamecenter: Penn 60, Princeton 47

1st 2nd Final
Penn (13-18, 8-6 Ivy) 29 31 60
Princeton (6-23, 3-11 Ivy) 25 22 47
Jadwin Gym – Princeton, NJ Boxscore
Postgame audio: Penn | Princeton
Keys to the Game
Key sequence After a three-pointer by Kevin Steuerer cut Penn’s lead to 44-42 with 8:01 in the game, the Quakers responded with an 8-0 run over the next 2:36 seconds. Tyler Bernardini launched it with a wide-open three-pointer on the left side, finding the bottom of the net after a dish out of the paint from Jack Eggleston. Bernardini ended the run with another three, this time from the right side — and again Eggleston got an assist. That was enough for Sidney Johnson to call timeout with 5:13 left to try and stop the bleeding.
Key sign it was over A Noah Savage layup made it 54-47 Penn with 1:07 to play, giving the sparse Jadwin Gym crowd a sliver of hope. But after Harrison Gaines made only the first of two free throws for Penn, Princeton’s Jason Briggs missed a layup at the other end and Bernardini got the rebound. Zach Finley fouled him, and Bernardini made one of tow free throws to restore Penn’s lead to nine points with 50 seconds left.
Key performance On a night with relatively little offense, Eggleston did the most to fill his boxscore line. The freshman forward scored a game-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting — including an impressive dunk and a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line — grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three assists, and recorded three steals.
Key statistic Princeton committed 20 turnovers on the night, including nine that were recorded as Penn steals, against 11 assists. Penn turned those 20 turnovers into 20 points. At the other end, the Quakers committed 11 turnovers against 11 assists, but the Tigers only scored five points from them.

– Joining Eggleston in double figures for Penn were Bernardini (11 points), and Grandieri, who finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in his final collegiate appearance.

– Coming off the bench on senior night, Finley led Princeton in scoring with 13 points, shooting 6-for-10 from the field, but only one of six on free throw attempts. Briggs and Savage added 10 points each.

– Princeton hurt itself at the line, going just 11-for-21 (52.4 percent), while Penn was a much healthier 13 of 16 (81.3 percent).

– Neither team shot especially well from the field. The Quakers made 22 of 55 field goal attempts (40.0 percent), including 3-for-12 from three-point range (25.0 percent), while Princeton shot 17-for-41 (41.5 percent) and only 2-for-11 (18.2 percent) from the perimeter.

– Because of the senior night festivities, Sidney Johnson started all five of his seniors: forwards Kyle Koncz and Savage, and guards Matt Sargeant, Steurer, and Zach Woolridge.

– The crowd was announced at 2,303, with the Princeton student section almost empty because of midterm exams.

– With the win, Penn finished the season in sole possession of third place in the league at 8-6, while Princeton ended up tied with Dartmouth and Harvard in sixth at 3-11.

Jonathan Tannenwald

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