PHILADELPHIA - This year’s Penn-Princeton men’s basketball season finale may not have the cachet of past games, but don’t tell either coach that it isn’t important. For the Quakers, a win salvages a .500 season in the Ivy League and puts them in a tie for third place. For the Tigers, a victory gives them an 8-6 record which ties them with Yale for second place in the League and sends the message that the renaissance has begun in central New Jersey.
GAME 28 PENN (10-17, 6-7) vs. PRINCETON (12-14, 7-6)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 * 8 p.m.
The Palestra * Philadelphia
TV: Comcast Network (formerly CN8)- Scott Graham, Rob Kennedy
RADIO: WXPN 88.5 FM - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran
Penn Game Notes (PDF)
Prior to Tuesday night’s game, Penn will honor the four seniors on this year’s team Aron Cohen, Kevin Egee, Cameron Lewis and Brennan Votel. Senior ceremonies will take place beginning at approximately 7:50 p.m., with a scheduled 8:03 tipoff for TV.
Penn vs. Princeton
Tuesday’s meeting between the Quakers and the Tigers will be the 220th in this historic rivalry; Penn owns a 122-97 lead in the series.
Penn has won five in a row over Princeton, eight of the last nine, and 13 of the last 15 matchups; that includes a 62-55 overtime victory three weeks ago at Jadwin Gym. Last year, the Quakers swept the Tigers (70-65 here in Philadelphia, 60-47 at Jadwin Gym).
Penn has won four in a row at home over Princeton; the last loss came on March 9, 2004 (76-70 in overtime).
Penn and Princeton have engaged in four overtime contests in the last six seasons, splitting them evenly. Since the 1970-71 season, the Quakers and the Tigers have had 12 games go to an extra session.
This season marks the first time since 2003-04 that the first game in the home-and-home between these Ivy travel partners took place at Princeton, and the season finale was played here in Philadelphia.
Penn has had seven different players lead in scoring in a game this season (Tyler Bernardini, Kevin Egee, Jack Eggleston, Harrison Gaines, Brennan Votel, Zack Rosen and Rob Belcore) and nine different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston, Votel, Rosen, Bernardini, Egee, Gaines, Belcore, Conor Turley and Cameron Lewis).
Rosen, a freshman, continues to lead the Ivy League and rank among the national leaders in assists per game (5.0) and assist/turnover ratio (2.00); he has also scored 10 points in each of the last three games.
Egee, a senior, has scored at least seven points in each of the last six games, including three double-figure outings (11 vs. Yale, 13 vs. Brown, 15 at Columbia).
Belcore, a freshman, has scored 40 points in the last five games after scoring just one in the three games before that.
Notemeal From at Columbia...
It marked Penn’s lowest point total in a win since Feb. 13, 2007 (48-35 over Princeton).
Senior Kevin Egee hit a 30-foot jumper at the buzzer to give Penn the one-point win; it marked the second straight year the Quakers beat the Lions with a buzzer beater (last year Tyler Bernardini drained a jumper here in The Palestra for the win).
Egee finished with 15 points, his third time hitting double figures in the last four games and his best output since an 18-point outing against Drexel on November 18.
Sophomore Jack Eggleston had 12 points, his sixth double-figure scoring game in Ivy play this season; he also assisted Egee’s game-winning shot.
Freshman Zack Rosen had his third straight 10-point game, and his seventh double-figure scoring game in Ivy play.
Notemeal From at Cornell...
With the win, Cornell clinched its second straight Ivy League title; coupled with Princeton’s loss at Columbia last night, the Big Red also became the first team to earn a bid into the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Freshman Rob Belcore made his first start since February 7 (Cornell) and set a season/career high with 15 points, and tied a high with three three-pointers.
Belcore became the seventh different player to lead Penn in scoring in a game this season.
Senior Brennan Votel made his first start in exactly a month and had 10 points, his first double-figure scoring game since February 6 (13 vs. Columbia); it was his 10th double-figure scoring game this season, after he had just one in his first three years combined.
Sophomore Harrison Gaines, who had scored 58 points in his first three appearances against Cornell, took just seven shots and finished with eight points.
Gaines led Penn with seven rebounds, the second time this season he has led the Quakers in boards in a game.
Gaines also set a season high with six assists; in fact, it was his high since he had six dishes almost exactly a year ago -- on March 7, 2008 -- and it came against Cornell.
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