Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team rallied from an 18-point second half deficit to defeat Princeton, 70-62, in overtime on Tuesday night in The Palestra. Led by senior Tim Begley's 20 points and classmate Eric Osmundson's 11 second-half points, the Red and Blue extend their win streak to eight games and improved to 5-0 in Ivy League play.
Penn (12-7, 5-0 Ivy) took the lead for the first time all night on a trey from senior Jan Fikiel with 3:38 remaining in overtime. A steal by sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber followed by a Jaaber lay-up all but sealed a Penn victory. On the other end of the court, Princeton's (10-9, 1-4 Ivy)Will Venable put in two points to cut the lead to one at 63-62 with 1:35 remaining, but a three-pointer by Begley on the ensuing play put the Quakers up by four and they never looked back.
Princeton's Judson Wallace nailed the second of two free throws with 7:35 remainingin regulationto give the visiting Tigerstheir largest lead of the game at 53-35, butit was all down hill for the Tigers from that point on. Penn went on a 21-3 run to tie the game at 56-56 with 31 ticks left on the clock. Osmundsonsparked the Quakers comeback, scoring nine of his 13 points during that stretch, including completing a four-point play when he was fouled on a three, before sinking two free throws to tie the game.Fikielpulled the Quakers to within 55-45 at the 5:24 mark, when after a Steve Danley free throw,he drained a three from the left corner cut the lead to six. Danley converted on two more attempts from the charity stripe and Begley picked up a steal and ran down court for an easy basket to pull within one.
Also scoring in double figures for the Quakers were Jaaber (11) and Fikiel (12). Princeton's Judson Wallace scored a game-high 21 points before fouling out with 1:03 left in regulation. After shooting just 30 percent in the first half, the Red and Blue hit 50 percent of their shots in the second stanza and 80 percent in the overtime period for 44.9 percent from the field for the game. The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field for the game after hitting 60.9 percent of their shots in the first stanza.
Begley moved into 31st all-time in scoring at Penn with 1,025 points. He reached the 1,000 career mark on Feb. 5 against Dartmouth.
The Quakers continue their three-game homestandwith an Ivy League match-up with Columbia on Feb. 11. Tip off is 7 p.m. Penn then takes onCornell on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. on CN8.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.