The University of Pennsylvania took advantage of the first full Ivy weekend to reaffirm its dominant position atop the Ancient Eight.
The Quakers (10-5, 2-0 Ivy) squashed upstart Harvard (10-7, 2-2) after thumping Dartmouth (4-13, 0-4). Princeton (8-7, 2-0) captured two close victories to place itself in a three-way tie for first place.
Pennsylvania 73, Dartmouth 50
On Jan. 31, Penn scored the last 12 points of the first half after Dartmouth managed to tie the score at 18. But then Penn had its way with Dartmouth, beating the Big Green for the 12th straight time.
Ugonna Onyekwe, Tim Begley and David Klatsky all scored 14 points for the Quakers, who outrebounded Dartmouth 33-20. Penn hit 13 from long distance territory, including four apiece from Begley and Klatsky.
Charles Harris led Dartmouth with 11.
Princeton 67, Harvard 61
On Jan. 31, Judson Wallace had a clutch performance for Princeton, scoring a career-high 20 points, grabbing a key steal in the last seconds of the game, and hitting three of four late free throws.
Teammate Will Venable scored 21 to lead all scorers.
Harvard battled from a nine-point deficit early in the second half to manage a 61-60 lead with 1:41 left on two Sam Winter free throws.
But it was Winter who lost the ball to Wallace, who then hit Spencer Gloger for a back-breaking layup that put the Tigers up 64-61 with 20 seconds left.
Brady Merchant, who led the Crimson with 18 points, missed a 3-point field goal with seven seconds left.
Pennsylvania 75, Harvard 59
On Feb. 1, the Quakers connected on 11 of 20 long-range bombs, including a 5-of-5 performance by Tim Begley.
Crimson stars Sam Winter and Patrick Harvey managed 24 points together. Harvard finished with 21 turnovers.
Penn never trailed, though a Winter 3-point shot narrowed the lead to seven with just over six minutes remaining.
Penn’s Andrew Toole led all scorers with 21 points.
Princeton 57, Dartmouth 52
On Feb. 1, despite scoring only one field goal in the final 9:55, Princeton held off Dartmouth; the Big Green could muster only one score in the final 1:47, after tying the game at 49 with two minutes remaining.
Dartmouth’s Calvin Arnold nailed a 3-point shot with 20 seconds left to bring his team within two, but Princeton’s Ray Robbins, who finished with 14 points, hit three of four foul shots in the final 19 seconds to ice the game.
Gloger led all scorers with 16 points, including five of six from the foul line.
Callahan led Dartmouth with 15 points and six rebounds. The Big Green were outrebounded 31 to 24.
Princeton now has won 56 straight home games over the six Ivy League schools other than Penn.