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PHILADELPHIA - With Saturday night's game tied at 58, and with less than a minute to play, you figured that one of the key players on either the Penn or Harvard men's basketball teams were going to figure in the final count.
Harvard's Jeremy Lin ended up being the one who answered the bell.
The Crimson's leading scorer -- nursing a sprained ankle from the previous night -- had just five points to that point. He ended with 12. The biggest came with 37 seconds left, when he was left open on the left wing for a three-pointer and nailed it to break the tie. At the other end, Zack Rosen drove the lane andput upa contested layup that refused to fall. Penn never recovered from that, mostly because Lin scored four more points on foul shots in the final 14 seconds.
Penn falls to 8-15 overall with the loss, 4-5 in the Ivy League. Harvard, which lost to Princeton by three points Friday, improved to 11-13 overall, 3-7 in the Ivies.
Much like last night's game with Dartmouth, Penn spent a lot of time playing catch-up on the Crimson. The difference of 24 hours was that the Quakers actually caught their opponent, using a 13-4 run midway through the second half to gain a 46-46 tie. Cameron Lewis brought the game level, and the crowd to its feet, with a thunderous slam off a Tyler Bernardini feed. Harvard's Oliver McNally put Harvard back up briefly with two foul shots, but Bernardini answered with a trey to put the Quakers up 49-48.
The teams were content to trade points for several minutes after that, and when Jack Eggleston hit a pair of charity shots with 59 seconds left the score was tied at 58. That set the table for Lin's heroics.
Eggleston finished the night with 14 points to lead Penn, and he also grabbed six rebounds. He was the only Quaker player to score in double digits, as Bernardini and Kevin Egee finished with nine apiece. Rosen finished the night with eight assists.
For Harvard, the real story was senior Drew Housman, who basically controlled this game at the point and came up with 22 points (on 8-of-12 shooting), five assists and a pair of steals. Keith Wright scored 13 points and led Harvard with seven boards, while Lin scored 12 -- all in the second half.
Penn returns to action at The Palestra next weekend, taking on Yale and Brown (whom the Quakers swept last weekend on the road). Both games will start at 7 p.m.
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