Philadelphia - Senior Tim Begley scored 16 second half points to lift the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team over Cornell, 64-50, on Saturday night in The Palestra. It was the 10th consecutive win for the Red and Blue andthe second time in three games the Quakers rallied from a first half deficit to earn the victory.
Begley went 6-of-7 from beyond the arc for a game-high 24 points. The senior captain collected three steals and grabbed seven rebounds. Sophomore Steve Danley also scored in double figures with 15 points and five boards. Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber had a career-high eight assists on the night to go with three points, four steals, two blocks and four rebounds.
Penn (14-7, 7-0 Ivy) rallied froma 26-24 halftime deficit midway through the second stanza when Begley drained his fifth three ball of the game to tie the score at 39. On the other end of the court he picked Jason Mitchell's pocket and laid in a basket to give Penn its first lead of the game sincethe 15:57 mark of the first half. The Quakers went on a 21-5 run to take an 18 point lead with 1:40 remaining. Five different players had at least three points during the stretch including five from Danley and senior Eric Osmundson.
Penn struggled from the floor in the first half, shooting only 8-of-32 from the floor. Early in the first half, Penn took a 4-2 lead on a Mark Zoller jumper, but two free throws from Cornell's Ryan Rourke tied the game at 4-4. It was the last time Penn would lead in the half. The Red and Blue tied it up at 9-9 with 11:07 remaining, but a 14-2 run gave the Big Red and 12 point lead with 4:31 remaining in the first stanza. Two treys from Begley and solid free throw shooting from Osmundson and Zoller cut the lead to four heading into the locker room.
Cornell won the battle on the glass, out-rebounding the Red and Blue, 36-35. The Big Red, led by Cody Toppert's 10 points, shot 40.4 percent from the field, while Penn hit 38.3 percent of its shots.
The Quakers begin a four-game road trip on Feb. 18 at Brown. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the YES Network.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.