PRINCETON, N.J. - The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team ended the 2013-14 season on Tuesday night with a 70-65 loss at Princeton.
Penn’s season ends at 8-20 overall, 5-9 in Ivy League play. Princeton finished the regular season at 20-8 overall, and after a 0-4 start in Ivy play the Tigers finish tied with Columbia for third place at 8-6.
Led primarily by Darien Nelson-Henry and Fran Dougherty -- the duo scoring 16 of the Quakers’ first 21 points -- Penn was able to hang around, and then Dau Jok knocked down a pair of three-point shots that made the score 27-27 with more than five minutes left in the first half.
Both offenses stagnated after that, scoring just six points combined the rest of the way. Penn had four of them, from Jamal Lewis and Henry Brooks, and led 31-29 at the break.
Penn expanded its lead to 44-38 early in the second half, but Princeton scored nine straight points to go up by three. Dougherty ended the run with a nice putback off a missed trey by Jok, but Princeton got buckets from Pete Miller and T.J. Bray and extended its advantage to five, at 51-46, with nine minutes to play.
Nelson-Henry got two of those points back for the Quakers on the block, but Spencer Weisz hit a backdoor layup for the Tigers and it was still 53-48 at the third media timeout, with 6:47 left.
It was still a five-point game coming out of the final media timeout, 55-50, before Steven Cook put back Pete Miller’s missed layup to make it a seven-point Tiger lead.
Playing with urgency, Penn got a quick basket when Miles Jackson-Cartwright drained a jumper in the lane.
Princeton’s Will Barrett missed a three-pointer, but Hans Brase got the rebound and was fouled as he went up with the putback. He missed the first but made the second, and it was 58-52 with 2:39 to play.
Jackson-Cartwright shook free for a layup to make it 58-54, but Bray had a nice move to a lefty layup to again make it a six-point game. Jackson-Cartwright was fouled on a shot just inside two minutes, but only hit one of the two shots and it was
The dagger came with just over a minute to go, when a loose ball scramble ended up in the hands of Princeton’s Clay Wilson in the right corner. He fired a trey and it was good, making the score 63-55.
Rennard had a trey attempt that was off the mark, but Jamal Lewis got the board and eventually Dougherty put back Jackson-Cartwright’s miss to make it 63-57 with 1:04 to play. Princeton’s foul shooting was on the mark enough after that to keep the Quakers at bay.
Dougherty finished his final game at Penn with 20 points and nine rebounds, finishing one board shy of a double-double. Nelson-Henry scored 18 on the night, while Jackson-Cartwright scord 12 and also dished off six assists.
For Princeton, T.J. Bray entered the night needing 23 points to reach 1,000 for his career; he ended with 18. Cook added 14, while Wilson scored 12.