Men's Basketball Drops OT Heartbreaker at Princeton, 62-59

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Princeton, N.J. - Penn and Princeton added another classic chapter to theirhistoric rivalry on Tuesday as the Quakers overcame a five-point deficit over the final 32 seconds to force overtime, but scored just three points in the extra session inlosing to the Tigers, 62-59, at Jadwin Gym.

The loss was Penn's second in a row, both of them in overtime; the Quakers are now 9-10 overall and 3-2 in Ivy League play. Princeton remains atop the Ivy League standings at 5-0, and improved to 17-4 overall.

Trailing, 55-50, freshman Miles Cartwright hit a three with just 11 seconds remaining to cut the Penn deficit to two. The Quakers fouled Douglas Davis a second later, and it paid off as he made just one of two foul shots. Zack Gordon corralled the rebound and Penn called a timeout with just six seconds left. Inbounding the ball from in front of his own bench, Gordon hit Tyler Bernardini in the far corner for the game-tying triple with only 3.6 seconds left in regulation.

In the extra session, neither team converted until Cartwright was fouled while attempting a three with 2:48 left. The freshman went 1-for-3 at the line to give Penn its first lead of the game, and 43 seconds later classmate Fran Dougherty made it 59-56 with a nifty up-and-under move in the paint.

After a pair of empty possessions, Princeton's Ian Hummer made it a one-point game on a tip-in with 46 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, the Quakers were charged with a technical foul as, amid a scramble for a loose ball,Penn called a timeout when the team had no more remaining. Princeton hit just one of two free throws to tie the game, but stole the ensuinginbounds pass under Penn's basket. Cartwright, who attempted to inbound, then exacerbated the situation by fouling Hummer. He made both attempts with 13 seconds remaining for the 61-59 Princeton lead.

Junior guard Zack Rosen pushed the ball upcourt and found Dougherty underneath, butthe freshmancouldn't covert and Penn had to foul once again. Dan Mavraides made the first but missed the second as Rosen grabbed the board and made a dash upcourt, only to have to three-point attempt at the buzzer go high off the backboard.

Rosen finished the game with just eight points (leaving him one point shy of 1,000 for his career) but had seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. Bernardini led the team with 19 points, including 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc, and added two boards and two assists. Cartwright was the only other Quaker in double figures, with 11 points.

Princeton got the tip to open the game and came out firing, hitting on each of its four possessions -- including back-to-back triples by Patrick Saunders -- to take an early 10-4 lead and force a Penn timeout just 3:20 into the contest.

Out of the break, Davis hit a runner in the lane and Rosen countered with a long three to bring the Quakers back within five at 12-7. The Tigers continued their hot shooting with two more threes to grab an 18-7 advantage.

The Red and Blue ended the two-minute scoring drought with a free throw by Dougherty and forced consecutive Princeton turnovers but couldn't convert until a three by Bernardini at the 11:12 mark put Penn back within seven.

Princeton pushed its lead back to nine 23 seconds later on a fastbreak layup by Mavraides and made it 12 on a three by Kareem Maddox at the 7:43 mark. On the Quakers next trip down the floor, Dougherty was fouled but still converted the layup and made the ensuring free throw to cut the deficit to nine. The Penn defense picked up the intensity, nearly forcing 24-second violation, and was rewarded on the other end by an Eggleston jumper to make the score 23-16 Princeton with 6:01 remaining.

However, the Red and Blue were held scoreless over the next 4:31 while the Tigers scored four points to extend their lead to 27-16. A three by Gordon put the Quakers back within eight at the 1:32 mark, but Princeton closed out the scoring with a free throw by Maddox for the 28-19 halftime lead.

Cartwright led off the second half with a steal and dish to Rosen for the fastbreak layup and foul. The junior converted the layup to make it 28-22 and Bernardini followed on the next possession with a three to cut the lead in half. After another Princeton turnover, Cartwright stretched the run to seven straight on an elbow jumper, prompting a timeout from the Tigers.

Out of the break Mavraides hit a three to end the Penn run, but the Quakers countered with a trey from Bernardini to bring them back within one. On the team's next trip down the floor, Cartwright had a triple rim out and the Tigers converted on the other end to make it 33-30.

Bernardini came back with a layup and after another Princeton hoop, Jack Eggleston hit a long two from the corner at the 15:15 mark to keep it a one-point game, 35-34. Davis countered with five straight over the next 2:45, until a free throw by Cartwright ended the scoring drought.

An 8-0 run by Princeton pushed the lead to 48-35 before Rosen beat everyone down the floor for a fast break layup, ending the five-minute scoreless drought. Gordon followed with a jumper on the next possession to make it a 10-point game, but another jumper by the Tigers made it a 12-point advantage with seven minutes remaining.

The Quakers got it back within nine, 51-42, at the 5:09 mark on a three by Bernardini and clawed their way back to within three over the next four minutes, the last three coming on a triple from Eggleston. After that treyPenn was forced to foul with 32 second left, setting up the late game drama.

Penn embarks onits first Ivy road trip of the season this weekend, facing Cornell Friday at 7 p.m. and then taking on Columbia Saturday at 7 p.m.

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Postgame Notes: It was Penn's third overtime game in the last four contests, and the fourth OT affair in the last seven games ... The last time Penn played four overtime games in the same season was 2003-04 ... Penn also played four overtime games in 2001-02, 1997-98, 1978-79, and 1962-63 ... The school record for overtime games in a season is six, in 1983-84 ... Penn and Princeton have now played 14 overtime games; the record is an even 7-7 ... Five of those overtime games have come in the last 14 meetings ... Both Penn and Princeton went 22-of-54 from the field in the game, and both teams made nine three-point shots (Penn took 19 treys, Princeton took 17) ... Penn fell to 0-7 when putting just two players in double figures in the scoring category, and 0-9 when making fewer free throws than its opponent ... Penn is 0-7 when scoring in the 50s this season ... Penn scored just 19 points in the first half, the second time this year the Quakers have had a sub-20 half (the first came at Pitt, when Penn had 18 first-half points) ... Senior Tyler Bernardini led Penn with 19 points, the sixth time in the last 10 games he has led the Quakers ... Bernardini is averaging 18.3 ppg over Penn's last 10 games ... Bernardini tied a career high with five three-point baskets, and his 5-of-6 performance beyond the arc is the best by a Penn player in the Jerome Allen coaching era ... Bernardini now has 957 career points ... Freshman Miles Cartwright was the only other Penn player to score in double figures, with 11 points ... Cartwright has scored in double figures in three straight games, five of the last six, and seven of the last nine ... Junior Zack Rosen dished off five assists, giving him 101 for the season; since the statistic became official in 1978-79, he is the first Penn player to have 100 assists in each of his first three seasons ... Rosen also tied a season high with four steals ... Rosen scored eight points, leaving him at 999 for his career ... Freshman Fran Dougherty set new season/career highs with seven points and seven rebounds, playing 28 minutes ... Senior Jack Eggleston went over the 200-assist mark for his career, with three in the game ... Eggleston scored nine points, snapping a four-game streak of double-figure scoring games ... Rosen and Dougherty tied for team-leading honors with seven rebounds apiece; it marked the first time in 15 games that the Quakers were not led in rebounding by Eggleston (he had six) ... The other player to see time off the bench was senior Zack Gordon, who played 15 minutes, scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked two shots (all of those were career highs) ... The appearance last night was just Gordon's fifth this season.

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