In Ivy League men’s basketball, it all comes down to next weekend, when the University of Pennsylvania (17-5, 9-0 Ivy) travels to second-place Brown (14-10, 9-1). Brown’s only Ivy loss came against Penn at the Palestra.
Princeton stayed in the hunt for the Ivy League title with a 70-60 victory over Dartmouth and a 67-66 squeaker past Harvard.
Princeton’s Ray Robbins led his team in scoring for both games, dropping 17 on Dartmouth and 22 on the Crimson. Robbins hit the winning jumper that put the Tigers ahead by four points against the Cantabs. Harvard’s Brady Merchant, who also scored 22, made his sixth 3-pointer, but Princeton held the one point advantage.
Pennsylvania 82, Harvard 66
On Saturday, Penn’s Jeff Schiffner embarrassed the Crimson by scoring 21 points off a 7-for-10 3-point performance.
Harvard forced 18 Penn turnovers but was outrebounded 33-23. The Cantabs closed the gap to 63-56 with just over 10 minutes remaining, but Penn finished the game with a 11-3 run in the last 5:12.
Elliot Prasse-Freeman had 13 points and 10 assists for Harvard.
Penn’s Koko Archibong scored 14 points, including 2 of Penn’s school-record 16 3-pointers. The Quakers connected on 52 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Tim Begley also made three of five and finished with 13 points.
Brown 83, Columbia 70
On Friday, Columbia’s Chris Wiedemann, who finished with 18 points, made a field goal to narrow Brown’s lead to 50-49 with 16:32 left in the second.
That was before Brown realized the worst team in the Ivy League was keeping up. Columbia (2-20, 0-9) has now lost 13 straight — its longest losing streak since an 18-game misadventure 44 years ago. Ivy League Player of the Year candidate Earl Hunt scored 12 points during a 25-11 run that put the Bears ahead 75-60.
Columbia’s Dragutin Kravic led all scorers with 24 points, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Wiedemann also grabbed 11 boards.
Alaivaa Nuualiitia led Brown with 22. Hunt finished with 21.
Pennsylvania 67, Dartmouth 52
On Saturday, last year’s Ivy League Player of the Year Ugonna Onyekwe scored 25 points on an 11 of 15 shooting performance.
A layup by Steve Callahan, who finished with 14 points, gave Dartmouth (6-17, 2-8) a 40-38 advantage four minutes into the second half. But a 16-1 Penn run gave the Quakers a comfortable lead.
Penn’s Tim Begley connected on four of nine deep ones and scored 14.
Koko Archibong snagged 9 rebounds for Penn, who outrebounded the Big Green 31 to 19.
Brown 70, Cornell 62
On Saturday, Ka’Ron Barnes scored a career-high 30 points for Cornell, but it was Earl Hunt’s 20-point performance that secured the Brown win.
Hunt had 10 of those tallies during an 18-10 run that put his team up 11 with less than eight minutes to play. Brown missed the first of three straight one-and-ones in a futile attempt to throw the game away, but Cornell (8-15, 3-7) could not capitalize.
Brown struggled early in the game, allowing the Big Red to take a 10-2 lead off five Bear turnovers. But Brown ended the half strong, breaking a 22-22 tie and taking a 33-27 lead to the locker room.
Brown’s Jason Forte had 18 points and five assists. Nuualiitia had 12 points and 11 boards.