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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Perhaps the most amazing fact that came out of Penn's 68-63 win Saturday night at Yale was this: the Quakers never trailed.
In a game that was long on drama and intensity, Penn got the game's opening points on a three-pointer by Harrison Gaines and never looked back in getting the win. That hardly begins to describe how they arrived at their victory, though.
Penn's largest lead in this game was 10 points, and that occured in the final minute of the first half. In the final 14 minutes of Saturday's contest, the Quakers were never up by more than six. Somehow, though, the Bulldogs never got level -- even to tie.
The final minutesprovided perfect analogies.
Down 64-61 and with less than two minutes to go, Yale had a chance to tie but chose to go for two points as Alex Zampier fed Michael Sands for a slam dunk. Penn came down, and as the game entered its final minute the Quakers' Jack Eggleston drove against Greg Mangano and drew the foul on a clearout play. Eggleston made his first shot, but aftera Yale timeout he missed the second.
Tyler Bernardini emerged from a scrum in the lane with the rebound, getting it to Gaines near midcourt.
Penn worked the clock down, and with the shot clock nearing its conclusion Gaines drove the lane and had his shot blocked out of bounds. With just three left on the shot clock, and about 27 on the game clock, Bernardini was set up for an open three-point shot that refused to drop.
On the rebound, Eggleston was able to get above all the other hands and slap the ball to Gaines at the top of the key. He got the ball to Zack Rosen, who was fouled with 21 seconds to go. He missed the first but made the second, putting Penn back up by three (66-63).
Yale's possession yielded a drive into the lane by Zampier -- a great option, given the second half he had (14 of his team-high 18 points). However, this time he was off the mark and Penn came up with the ball when it went out of bounds off the Bulldogs in front of the Yale bench. After another timeout, Bernardini received the inbounds pass, was fouledwith less than a second to go, and hit both foul shots to ice the win.
In winning its first Ivy League Saturday road game since the 2006-07 season, Penn is now 3-3 in the Ivies including 3-1 on the road. The Quakers are 7-13 overall. Yale, which had knocked Princeton from the Ivy League unbeatens Friday night, fell to 9-13 overall, 4-4 Ivy League.
On a night when it seemed like every play was a big one and several players had individual highlights, Gaines finished with a game-high 19 points and also had six rebounds, while Bernardini scored 13 points and freshman Rosen had 12. Zampier led Yale with his 18, while Travis Pinick had 15 and Sands finished with 10.
Penn will renew its rivalry with Princeton Tuesday night at the Tigers' Jadwin Gym, tipping off at 7 p.m. Tuesday night's game will be televised live on ESPNU.
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