On Senior Night, the men’s basketball team (10-16, 7-6 Ivy) was officially eliminated from the race for the Ivy League title as it was drubbed at the hands of Pennsylvania (12-16, 9-4), 63-38.
The Quakers were led by Lamar Plummer, going five for eight from three-point range en route to a game-high 17 points. Forward Ugonna Onyekwe chipped in with 16 for the Quakers.
No Eli managed to score double figures in the game. Tom Kritzer ’01, in his last game at the John J. Lee Amphitheater, led the Bulldogs with seven points. Neil Yanke ’01 had a woeful night, going two for 12 from the field for only five points. Isaiah Cavaco ’01, the only other senior on the team, had two points on one for three shooting.
“I’m embarrassed,” a dejected Kritzer said after the game. “This is one of the worst feelings I have ever had, to be honest. We never even had a chance tonight.”
The Elis led 7-5 with 15:45 left in the first half before the wheels came off. The Bulldogs would only made one field goal the rest of the half as Penn mounted a 30-6 run and took a 35-13 lead into the locker room. The Quakers coasted the rest of the way.
Penn shot only 37 percent from the field, but held a 44-35 edge in rebounding.
The Penn win, and Princeton’s (15-10, 10-3) 64-55 victory over Brown, sets up a showdown between the Quakers and the Tigers for the Ivy championship Tuesday, when Penn heads to Princeton. The Quakers need a win in order to force a tie with Princeton for the league title. Princeton will win the title outright if it defeats Penn. Yale will play at Brown Wednesday for the opportunity to tie the Bears for third in the Ivy standings. An Eli win would mark the first winning season in Ivy play since the 1990-91 season.