Men's Basketball Falls at Princeton, 68-56

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PRINCETON, N.J. -The Penn men's basketball allowed archrival Princeton to get out to a huge lead by halftime, but came back and made an arena full -- OK, partly full -- of people plenty nervous heading down the stretch.

Sound familiar?

The roles were reversed a number of years ago, when Penn allowed a 33-9 lead to fritter away in an eventual 50-49 loss at The Palestra to these Tigers. On Tuesday night at Jadwin Gym, it was the Quakers who were down by a huge margin, but came back on the home team. Unfortunately, they could not make up the entire deficit, eventually falling 68-56.

Penn ends the season with a 6-22 overall mark, including a 5-9 Ivy League record. Princeton clinched second place outright at 11-3, and became the third Ivy team to win 20 games overall (20-8).

Things were fine for the first nine minutes of the game, as Princeton got up but certainly didn't break away. In fact, when Dan Monckton knocked down a three-pointer with 11:54 left, the Quakers were down by the fairly innocuous score of 12-8.

Princeton scored 27 of the next 30 points.

Led by Douglas Davis, who knocked down 16 of his game-high 21 points in the first-half run, the Tigers scored every which way. At the other end, they seemed to get a hand defensively on everything Penn sent their way - shots and passes. It eventually got to 39-11, before Jack Eggleston finally hit a jumper and Monckton knocked down a free throw to make it 40-14 at the half.

The second half saw Penn score the first nine points, though, and the comeback trail was begun. Zack Rosen started the half with a trey, and he was followed by buckets from Monckton and Eggleston before Rosen knocked down another jumper. Princeton recovered and built the lead back up to 21, but Penn got back within 13 with seven minutes left on an Eggleston three.

Princeton continued to leave points on the board, and eventually Penn got within single digits (a Rosen foul shot with 2:38 to go) and then made it a seven-point contest (on an Eggleston steal and dunk with 2:15 to play). Princeton's Dan Mavraides hit a foul shot with 1:50 left to put the margin back at eight, 59-51, and Penn had three chances to cut into that deficit but was unsuccessful on three shots. Eventually Kareem Maddox was fouled, and he started a foul parade that finally saw the Tigers make their free throws. That put the game away.

Rosen finished as Penn's high scorer with 18 points, 17 of them coming in the second half. He also had five assists. Eggleston finished with 16 points and six rebounds, while Monckton had 14 points and seven boards. For Princeton, Mavraides and freshman Ian Hummer complemented Davis with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

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