Ithaca, N.Y. - Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber led three Quakers in double figures as the Penn men's basketball team downed Cornell, 66-49, on Friday night at Newman Arena.
Jaaber scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, grabbed six rebounds and picked up five steals to lead the Quakers. Mark Zoller and Steve Danley added 10 points each and freshman David Whitehurst scored a career-high eight points and played a career-high 27 minutes in his first collegiate start.
Penn (16-8, 9-1 Ivy) opened the second half on a 16-6 run to take a 20-point lead with 10:55 remaining in the game. Danley scored eight points in the second stanza, including six-straight during the Quaker run. The Big Red (11-13, 6-5 Ivy) cut the lead to 14 at 56-42 with 4:59 remaining on the clock, but senior Jan Fikiel and Jaaber each put in a basket and connected on foul shots to give Penn its ninth conference win.
Both teams got out to a slow start in the first half. Senior Tim Begley and Zoller combined for Penn's first eight points. A Whitehurst three-pointer at the 13:58 mark gave Penn its largest lead of the half at 13-4. Cornell chipped away at the Quakers' lead throught the first 20 minutes and pulled to within one, 23-22, on a jumper by Ryan Rourke at 5:57.However,a 10-3 run answered Cornell's scoring burst and gave the Quakers a 33-25 advantage at the half.
Penn shot 50 percent from the floor including 54.2 percent in first half. The Penn defense held the Big Red to just 35.3 percent shooting and Penn out-rebounded Cornell, 36-30. Andrew Naeve led the Big Red with 10 points.
The win gives the Quakers a share of the Ivy League title. They are next in action on Saturday, Feb. 26 at Columbia. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.