Princeton, N.J. - The Penn men's basketball team extended its win streak to five games with a 64-56 win over Princeton in Jadwin Gym on Tuesday night. Sophomores Steve Danley and Ibrahim Jaaber both scored 13 points to lead the Red and Blue while two other Quakers reached double figures.
Senior Jan Fikiel scored 12 points, going 12-of-14 from the foul line and grabbed eight boards, while senior Tim Begley scored 10 points, all in the first half.
Head Coach Fran Dunphy recorded his eighth 20 win season as the Quakers improved to 20-8 overall and 13-1 in the Ivy League. Princeton finished the season with a 15-13 overall record and a 6-8 Ancient Eight record, which was the first losing record in the League in program history.
In the second half, Danley intercepted a Tiger pass, brought the ball down the court and laid in a basket to put Penn up, 43-38, at the 11:54 mark. The Quakers took an eight-point lead on an open three by Jaaber at the 8:42 mark, but senior Judson Wallace answered for the Tigers converting a three-point play at the foul line. Venable chopped the lead to three, 50-47 with a lay up. After a six minute drought from the floor Danley put in two points and drew the foul for a three-point play and a 56-51 Penn lead. After Wallace hit one of two attempts from the charity stripe, David Whitehurst hit a foul shot, Begley rebounded his second shot and tipped it out to Danley at the other end of the court which sent Jaaber to the foul line where he made both shots. Princeton thenturned over the ball on their end of the court and Danley, standing under the basket, nailed a two-handed dunk, drew the foul and hit hisfree throwto give the Quakers the victory.
The Tigers struck first, scoring on their first possessions and holding Penn scoreless from the floor for the firstfour minutes and 20 seconds. Penn did tie the game on two foul shots from Zoller andwent ahead, 4-2, when Whitehurst hit a jumper at the 15:40 mark. Penn pulled ahead 13-8, but the Tigers crawled back, tying the game at 17 afterAndre Loganstripped Fikiel of the ball. On the ensuing play, Fikiel drew the foul and connected on the first of seven-straight free throws. Princeton stayed with Tigers, answering each of the Quakers shots. Begley put Penn up, 32-28, with a three before Venable hit one of two shots from the charity stripe and the Quakers took a 32-29 lead into the locker room.
The Quakers, who clinched the Ivy League title on Feb. 26 at Columbia, are next in action in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The Red and Blue will find out who and where they play on Sunday, March 13. Stay tune to www.pennathletics.com for all your tournament information.