PRINCETON, N.J. -The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team closed out the 2015-16 season with a narrow, 72-71 loss at Princeton.
The Quakers were down by 17 points with less than 11 minutes left in the game, but came almost all the way back and had a shot to win at the buzzer. Unfortunately, Penn never got that shot off, as Jackson Donahue drove the right baseline and tried to feed Darien Nelson-Henry. The pass was deflected and bounced around as time ran out.
It was an unfortunate end to a stirring comeback, as Penn (11-17, 5-9 Ivy League) outscored Princeton (22-6, 12-2) by a 35-19 count in the game’s final 10:15.
Matt Howard was Penn’s leading scorer on Tuesday night, with 15 points, while Nelson-Henryand Donahuecontributed 13 points each. Tyler Hamilton made his first collegiate start, and dropped 11 points -- nine of them in the second half -- while also grabbing seven rebounds.
Penn was up 8-5, but Princeton scored six in a row to taken an 11-8 lead, then scored the next 12 points in a row after a Quakers bucket. That made the score 23-10 in the Tigers favor.
Penn got back as close as six points before halftime on Donahue’s layup, which made it 31-25, but the Tigers scored the last six points of the half to make it 36-25 at the break.
It was 49-31 when Penn finally started its run. Howard began it innocently enough with a lay-in, then Donahue hit a three-pointer to make it 49-36. Princeton scored the next four points, however, and the score was 53-36 as the clock went inside 11 minutes.
Max Rothschild and Sam Jones’ trey cut five points from the deficit, and then a Princeton three was answered by layups from Howard and Rothschild which made the score 56-45.
Penn’s biggest bite into the gap came with seven minutes left, when the Quakers scored 10 points in a row to turn a 63-49 game into a four-point affair. Donahue and Howard hit three-pointers to start things, then Hamilton got a steal and dunk and Silpe hit a pair of free throws.
Devin Cannady and Silpe matched layups, and then a Pete Miller foul shot was doubled up by Nelson-Henry to make the score 66-63 with 3:18 left. Then a Caruso layup was answered by another Donahue trey and that made it 68-66 with 2:40 left.
Cannady made it 72-68 with 1:12 left on a pair of free throws, but Hamilton drove the baseline for the second-straight possession to make it 72-70 with 53 seconds left, and then the Quakers got a defensive stop and Hamilton was fouled with 13 seconds left. He made one, missed the second, and the Quakers fouled Princeton’s Amir Bell. He was way off with his foul shot, setting the stage for Penn’s final possession.
Henry Caruso had 13 points to lead the Princeton offense, while Spencer Weisz and Cannady had 11 points each. Steven Cook had 10 points, and Pete Miller had nine points and 10 rebounds.
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