Men's Basketball Overcome by Yale, 87-79

Box Score (PDF)

PHILADELPHIA - If you are a Penn men's basketball fan, there were a lot of things to like when you looked at the final box score following Friday night's game with Yale:

*The Quakers shot 57.1 percent from the field for the night, and hit six three-pointers.

*The Quakers scored 79 points, and put four players in double figures in the scoring column.

*The Quakers dished off 18 assists, and committed just 13 turnovers, nearly a 1.50 ratio.

*Penn took 32 foul shots.

Unfortunately, none of that was enough as Yale was not only equal to but better than many of those numbers. As a result, the Bulldogs earned an 87-79 victory at The Palestra. For instance...

*Yale shot 55.2 percent from the field (taking nine more shots).

*Yale scored 87 points and put five players in double figures, including two off the bench.

*Yale dished off 20 assists and had just six turnovers, a staggering 3.33 ratio.

*Yale took 36 foul shots, four more than Penn, and made three more than the Quakers.

On a night when Cornell could have sealed a share of the Ivy League title,Yale (12-13, 7-4 Ivy) kept it from happening and stayed within two games in the loss column; both have three games left to play(Princeton is also two games out, but has four games left to play). Penn, meanwhile, could not play the role of spoiler in falling to 8-16 overall, 4-6 in the League.

Just 13 days removed from a gritty win against this Yale team in New Haven, Penn looked like it might coast on Friday night. The Quakers got a pair of three-pointers from Tyler Bernardini in the first 1:23, another one by Kevin Egee less than two minutes later, and were up 13-4 before the game was four minutes in. That lead bulged to 13 (28-15) just past the midway point of the opening stanza.

It turned out to be fool's gold.

Yale scored the game's next six points, and answered a Bernardini layup with a four more points to make the score 30-25 with five minutes left before the break. The teams traded baskets for a few minutes after that, but then Yale ended the half with a 6-0 run that covered nearly three minutes and was capped by a Travis Pinick layup with just four seconds left. At the break, Penn's lead was a precarious one point (37-36).

As opposed to 13 days ago, when Yale spent literally the entire game chasing Penn, on Friday night the Bulldogs needed six minutes to finally grab the lead -- and when they did, they never looked back. An 8-0 run over a two-minute span turned a 48-45 Quaker lead into a 53-48 Bulldog advantage.

Now Penn was chasing the game, and Yale was continually shutting the door. The Quakers got three of the points back on foul shots by Rob Belcore and Brennan Votel, but Ross Morin hit a jumper and Greg Mangano dunked an inside feed from Pinick to make it 57-51. Bernardini hit a jumper, but Yale scored the next six points to up its lead to 10. Penn's Harrison Gaines hit a pair of shots to get the Quakers back within six, only to see Yale score five in a row and go up 11. It went that way the rest of the night.

Gaines was superb on offense for Penn, going 10-of-15 from the field en route to scoring a career-high 24 points. Bernardini finished with 15 points, while Cameron Lewis had 12 (to go with six rebounds) and Egee scored 11. Jack Eggleston snared eight rebounds to lead the Quakers.

For Yale, Morin had 20 points and eight rebounds, while Alex Zampier scored 19 and Pinick had 15. Off the bench, Jordan Gibson scored 11 points and Paul Nelso had 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Penn returns to action Saturday night at The Palestra, hosting Brown at 7 p.m.

Download: Penn24 (Yale).pdf