New Haven, Conn. Sophomore Mark Zoller scored a season-high 22 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Penn men’s basketball team who fell to Yale, 78-60. The Bulldogs snapped Penn’s 11-game win streak and handed the Quakers their first Ivy League loss.
Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber chipped in with 16 points and Steve Danley added 10. The Yale defense held Penn's leading scorer, Tim Begley, scoreless but the senior captain had six rebounds and six assists.
Yale (9-12, 5-3) scored two-straight baskets to open the second half and extend its lead to 39-30. Zoller hit Penn’s (15-8, 8-1) first basket of the half, a three, and added a jumper after picking up two steals to cut the lead to six. Osmundson hit two of three foul shots to pull within, 41-37 but the Bulldogs went on a 21-7 run to pull ahead by 16 with 4:02 remaining. Several missed shots by the Quakers and made shots on the other end allowed the Bulldogs to maintain a double-digit lead and pull out the upset.
Zoller, Jaaber and Danley scored the first 20 points for the Quakers. Zoller hit a jumper in the lane to give Penn an 11-9 lead. On the next play, Jaaber grabbed the ball out of Sam Kaplan’s hands and fed Zoller who got the basket and the foul to give Penn a 14-9 advantage with 14:55 on the clock. Begley rebounded a missed jumped by Edwin Draughan and feed it to Jaaber who dropped in a one handed dunk to give Penn a 16-9 lead. Four points from Eric Flato pulled the Bulldogs to within one at 16-15 and with 7:07 remaining, Alex Gamboa tied the game at 21 with a three. Yale took a 27-23 lead on a free throw from Nick Holmes and a three-point play by Dominick Martin. Yale outscored the Quakers down the stretch to take a 35-30 lead into the locker room.
After shooting 45.8 percent in the first half, Penn managed only 28.1 percent in the second to average 35.7 percent for the game and just 16. 7 percent from beyond the arc. Yale shot 43.3 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Quakers, 42-33.
Four Elis scored in double-digits including 19 points from Draughan.
Penn continues its road trip when they travel to Cornell on Feb. 25 for a 7 p.m. contest in Ithaca, N.Y.