Philadelphia: It is early in Conference play and all the teams across the country are still trying to figure out their identity and that is what we had on Friday night as the Penn Quakers took on Cornell Big Red from “The Cathedral of College basketball” The Palestra on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Penn comes into game with 10-5 (1-0 in Ivy League) and off a win over Princeton on January 6 while Cornell enters battle with the Quakers 6-7 on the season & took down Central Penn on January 5.
Penn would score the game’s first 5 points on baskets from Darnell Foreman & AJ Brodeur before Cornell got on the board with a basket from Matt Morgan, Penn would jump out to 13-4 lead, Cornell would cut into the lead and they would tie the game at 13 with 11:45 left in 1st half. After Cornell tied the game, Penn would take control and get the lead back up to 11 at 24-13 with 8:42 left. Both teams would play good defense and make shots as Penn would lead 34-24 at Halftime.
Both teams would score to start the 2nd half and Cornell would take a chunk out of the Quakers lead as they got it down to 2 at 36-34with 16:47 left, Penn would answer the run that Cornell went on to cut the lead and they would get the lead back to 10 at 44-34 with 15:14 left. The Big Red a couple times in the 2nd half got the Quakers lead down to 4 but the Quakers would have an answer for it. The Big Red would not go away and try to make it interesting at the end and they got the lead down to 4 with 53 seconds left but it would not be enough as the Quakers would hold on for a 69-61 win. With the win, the Quakers now go to 11-5 (2-0 in Ivy League) and have a quick rebound as they play Columbia Tomorrow at the Palestra & Cornell goes to 6-8 (0-1 in Ivy League) and look for a win against Princeton also tomorrow.
AJ Brodeur: 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists
Ryan Betley: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals
Darnell Foreman: 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
Cornell Big Red:
Stone Gettings: 20 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists
Matt Morgan: 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists
Josh Warren: 8 points, 4 rebounds