NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team fell to Yale, 79-65, Saturday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
With the loss, Penn fell to 9-21 overall this season, 6-7 in Ivy League play. Yale closed out its season with the win, improving to 8-6 in Ivy play and clinching third place behind champion Harvard and second-place Princeton.
In a game that was played at a high pace and went end-to-end throughout, Yale turned a one-point halftime deficit into a double-digit lead before the second half was eight minutes old. Penn tried to climb back into it, but the Bulldogs shut the door time and again and pulled away down the stretch.
Brandon Sherrod had 18 points to lead five Yale players in double figures, while Armani Cotton (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Matt Townsend (10 points, 9 rebounds) both nearly had double-doubles.
Penn opened up as much as a seven-point lead in the first half, but Yale stormed back and took a two-point lead before the break. However, Hicks was able to score just before the halftime horn, and Penn went into the locker room up, 32-31.
Javier Duren opened the second half with a quick basket, and Cotton followed with a layup. Penn went back ahead a few minutes after that on a Henry Brooks layup, but Cotton was fouled as he took a three-pointer and made all three free throws to make the score 40-38. Yale would never trail again.
Sherrod made it a four-point game, but Hicks got the basket back with two free throws. However, Michael Grace - who tormented Penn here a year ago - hit a trey, then Cotton tipped in a Sears miss to make the score 47-40.
Penn got a pair of buckets from Brooks to make it 47-44, but Grace drained a trey and then another jumper. That was the impetus to a seven-point run that pushed the Bulldogs' lead to double digits, at 54-44.
Penn got back to 54-49 thanks to free throws from Cartwright and then a trey from Patrick Lucas-Perry. A critical possession then occurred when a Sam Martin three-ball bounced off the rim and over the backboard. Out of bounds, ball to Penn, right? Not tonight. Instead, Duren grabbed the board and put home a rebound. Next thing you knew, Yale's lead was 61-49.
Penn again made a move. Nelson-Henry and then Jamal Lewis hit free throws, and when Dau Jok drained a trey the Quakers were again within five, at 61-56, with seven minutes to play. However, after a defensive stop Penn committed its own turnover, and then Sherrod put back a Cotton miss.
Nelson-Henry got those points back off a nice feed from Lewis, but Sherrod hit a layup and then a Jok missed three became three more Sherrod points -- the old fashioned and-one variety -- at the other end. Penn never got closer than eight after that.
Penn and Princeton will tip off at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night, following the Penn-Princeton women's game which will start at 5 p.m.