Philadelphia: There no better way to open up Ivy League play than a rematch from last year’s Ivy League semifinals, as the Princeton Tigers took on the Penn Quakers from the Palestra on the Campus of the University of Penn on Saturday afternoon. Penn entered the battle with a 9-5 record and coming off a loss to Toledo back on December 29, while Princeton has an even 7-7 record and a win over Hawaii back on December 25.
Princeton would score the game’s first 5 points and Penn would get on the board with a basket from Ryan Betley. Both teams would play good defense and trade baskets and Penn managed to get the lead as high as 13 at 31-18 with 3:53 left. Ryan Betley would be the story in the first half, as he would 19 first-half points and Penn would lead 36-27 at Halftime.
Princeton would wake up in the second half, and managed to go on a run to get back into the game. The Tigers would, at one point, get the Penn lead down to three at 54-51 with 10 minutes left. Then the Quakers would answer the run by the Tigers as they would go on another run which saw them get the lead up to nine at 62-53 with 6:50 left. Then Princeton went on a run to get the lead down to 2 at 70-68 with 1:37 left. Good defense by Penn would be the key in the last minutes as they would hold on for a 76-70 win to start Ivy League play at 1-0. With the win, the Quakers go to 10-5 (1-0 in Ivy League) and head to battle against Cornell at the Palestra on January 12 while Tigers go to 7-8 (0-1 in Ivy League) and look to rebound from loss as they play Columbia also on January 12
Ryan Betley: 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 Assists
Antonio Woods: 13 points, 4 rebounds,
Darnell Foreman: 11 points, 1 rebound,
Devin Cannaday: 21 points,3 rebounds, 2 assist
Amir Bell: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Sebastian Much: 11 points, 3 rebounds,