PHILADELPHIA - Saturday night's Penn-Cornell basketball game at The Palestra followed a similar pattern to the game these two teams played two weeks ago in Ithaca.
Unfortunately for the Quakers, the result was the same as two weeks ago as well -- a Penn loss (minus the overtime).
Cornell jumped out to a double-digit lead. Penn fought back and took the lead late in the second half. But the Big Red made the plays down the stretch and walked out of the Palestra with the win, 74-72.
Penn (12-13, 6-5 Ivy) had a chance to win. Cornell's Chris Wroblewski missed the second of two free throws to give the Big Red the two-point lead with 3.6 seconds left. grabbed the rebound and quickly drove up the floor. At the top of the key, he pulled up and lofted a three-pointer just ahead of the buzzer. The shot only made it to the front rim, however, allowing Cornell the victory.Tyler Bernardini
The biggest play of the game? It could have been Mark Coury's jumper off an inbounds play with less than a minute left in regulation and just one second left on the shot clock. Coury caught the inbounds about 12 feet from the basket along the right baseline and essentially flipped it over his head like a hook shot. It went in, of course -- perfectly appropriate on a night when a number of desperation, late-in-the-shot-clock efforts by the Big Red found the mark. That pushed Cornell into the lead, 70-69, and negated the only lead the Quakers had in the second half.
Penn brought the ball down, and with 16 seconds left drove the lane before dishing it outside to senior in the right corner. Eggleston's trey attempt was short, however, and Wroblewski grabbed the board before being fouled. He made both.Jack EgglestonZack Rosen
(23 points) had been spectacular getting to the rim throughout the second half, but this last time he tried to get to the lane, was bumped, and lost the ball out of bounds. Johnathan Gray was fouled on the inbounds and made one of two, before Rosen (22 points) hit a trey with 4.3 seconds to play that made the score 73-72. Wroblewski was then fouled on the inbounds, made the first but missed the second which set the stage for Bernardini's final effort.Miles Cartwright
Penn led, 20-19, with nine minutes left in the first half, but Cornell scored seven straight points and parlayed that run into a 39-26 lead at the half. It was 46-31 after two minutes in the second, before Penn used an 11-0 run that got them back into the game and brought to life the crowd of 6,874.
Cornell (8-18, 4-8 Ivy) kept its poise, thanks mostly to Coury who hit seven straight points. That made the score 53-46, and when Adam Wire hit a jumper the Big Red lead was nine.
Penn's final push started in the final seven minutes. Down, 63-53, the Quakers got three points from a trey, then Rosen hit a layup to make it 63-58. Anthony Gatlin answered for Cornell, but Cartwright came up with three consecutive layups to get the Quakers within one, at 65-64. At that point, the roof was ready to come off.Zack Gordon
Drew Ferry briefly quelled the crowd with a three-pointer, but Rosen matched it from the left corner. Then, after Coury missed a jumper that Rosen rebounded, Cartwright got into the paint again and put Penn up.
In addition to Cartwright and Rosen, Penn also got a double-double from Bernardini (14 points, 10 rebounds).
At the other end, Coury finished with 13 points, while Ferry had 11 and Errick Peck had 10. Wroblewski scored just six points, but had 11 assists with only one turnover.
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Postgame Notes: This was Penn's fifth Ivy League game to be decided by three points or less; the Quakers are 2-3 in those contests ... Penn lost to Cornell for the third straight time, dating back to last season ... The Quakers have been swept by the Big Red three of the last four years; prior to that, Penn had won 18 straight against Cornell ... Penn lost for the first time this season when making more free throws than its opponent (P 14, C 9); prior to Saturday, the Quakers were 11-0 in such games ... The Red and Blue fell to 8-3 in games where they outrebound their opponent (P 37, C28) ... Somewhat surprisingly, Penn is now 2-7 in games when the Quakers make more three-point field goals than their opponent (P 10, C 9) ... Penn had just 10 turnovers for the second time in three games; in the last three contests, the Red and Blue are averaging 10.7 tpg ... Freshman Miles Cartwright set a career high with 23 points, 14 of which came in the second half ... Cartwright has scored in double figures in three straight games (15.3 ppg) and seven on Penn's 11 Ivy League contests ... It was Cartwright's third 20-point outing this season (22 at Pitt, 20 at Delaware) ... Cartwright also tied a season/career best with three steals ... Junior Zack Rosen had 22 points, 17 of them in the second half ... It was Rosen's fifth 20-point game this season, and his 14th at Penn ... Rosen dished out two assists, the first time in 14 games he did not have at least five ... Rosen's first assists was his 400th at Penn ... Rosen now has 138 assists this season, tied for ninth on Penn's single-season list with Tim Begley (who did it in 29 games in 2004-05) ... Senior Tyler Bernardini had 14 points, his 16th double-figure scoring game this season and the 53rd of his Penn career ... Bernardini has scored in double figures in the last four games and 14 of Penn's last 16 contests ... Bernardini also tied a career high with 10 rebounds, giving him his third double-double at Penn ... Senior Andreas Schreiber had four points, his best offensive output since Nov. 30 against UMBC ... Senior Zack Gordon made his first collegiate start, playing 12 minutes and hitting a three-pointer in the second half.