Penn first team to into Big Dance
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Penn captured the Ivy League title and
became the first team to get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with an
86-58 win over Yale at the Palestra Friday night.
Mark Zoller scored 22 points, pulled down 17 rebounds, dished out six assists
and had four blocks and four steals for Penn. Ibrahim Jaaber added 13 points
and Steve Danley 11 for the Quakers (20-8, 11-1 Ivy League), who won their
third consecutive league title. Brennan Votel tallied 10 points for Penn,
which won its eight straight game and avenged a nine-point loss at Yale on
Ross Morin and Eric Flato each scored 11 for the Bulldogs (13-13, 9-4), who
have lost two in a row. Matt Kyle added 10 points and Travis Pinick had 10
boards for Yale, which fell behind 49-29 at the half.
Kyle’s layup pulled Yale within 5-4 early, but Penn put to rest any hopes of a
Bulldogs victory by scoring the next 19 points. Zoller’s layup capped the
burst for a 24-4 margin, and Yale didn’t crack double digits until midway
through the half. By that time it was 31-12.
Kyle’s jumper brought the Bulldogs within 49-35, but Penn squashed any attempt
at a Yale comeback with a 13-2 spurt, ended by a basket by Zoller with 14
Penn finished the game shooting 56.9 percent from the field, compared to 35.3
percent for Yale.