Cambridge, Mass. Senior captain Tim Begley scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds torecord his third double-double of the season and lead the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team to a 70-57 victory over Harvard at the Lavietes Pavilion on Friday night.
After a slow start by both schools, Penn (10-7, 3-0 Ivy) turned a 4-2 deficit at the 16:57 mark into an 18-7 lead with 12:49 remaining. Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber, senior Eric Osmundson and senior Jan Fikiel each scored from beyond the arc during a 16-3 Penn run. After a lay-up by Harvard’s Zach Martin, three different Crimson (7-11, 2-3 Ivy) connected on threes to pull Harvard within 26-18 with 5:58 left. The Red and Blue pulled away again on a free throw by sophomore Steve Danley, lay-ups from Jaaber and Danley and two baskets from the foul line from Begley. The Crimson closed the first 20 minutes on a 9-2 run, heading into the locker room down six, 35-29.
Three quick baskets by Harvard to start the second stanza evened the score at 35-35, but Penn rattled off 11 straight points over the next three and half minutes to take a 46-35 lead. At the 7:40 mark, Begley nailed two foul shots to extend the Quakers lead to 57-46. Jaaber picked off the ball on the ensuing trip down the court and passed off to Fikiel who added two points with a slam dunk. Begley scored the next eight points for the Quakers as Penn extended its lead to 65-49 with 5:51 left in the game. Penn went 5-for-6 from the charity stripe forits sixth-consecutive win.
Two other Quakers scored in double figures as Osmundson and Jaaber added 10 and 12 points, respectively. Begley went 1-for-5 from beyond the arc to take sole possession of second place all-time at Penn in career three-pointers with 221. Penn, which shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, ended the game shooting 43.6 percent. The Crimson won the battle on the glass, out-rebounding the Quakers, 42-39.
TheRed and Bluereturn to action on Saturday night in Hanover, N.H. against Dartmouth, who picked up a 50-42 victory over Princeton tonight. Tip off against the Big Green is 7 p.m.