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Penn Knocks Off Yale 77-66

Paul Atkinson (Evan Ellis photo)
Paul Atkinson (Evan Ellis photo)

Copeland Scores To Pace Bulldogs

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Yale ran into a team fighting for its postseason lives Friday night. Penn, which learned shortly before tipoff it had to win to keep its Ivy League Tournament hopes alive, responded with a big offensive night. The Quakers shot 49 percent from the field en route to a 77-66 victory over the Bulldogs at the Palestra.

Yale, which has already secured its spot in the tournament, remains alive in the race for the Ivy title thanks to Harvard's loss at Cornell. Both the Bulldogs and Crimson are 9-4. Yale plays at Princeton on Saturday at 6 p.m., while Harvard is at Columbia at 7 p.m.

Alex Copeland paced the Bulldogs with 19 points, and Blake Reynolds added 11.

AJ Brodeur scored 24 points and Antonio Woods had 22 to lead the Quakers.

Penn and Brown meet on Saturday with the winner joining Yale, Harvard and Princeton in the Ivy Tournament. The Bears won at Princeton on Friday in a late afternoon game.

The Quakers (18-11, 6-7 Ivy) raced out to an early 23-9 lead and were ahead 46-30 at halftime.

"Our energy and effort rebounding the ball and playing together was not there, and that's why you lose the basketball game," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

Yale, which entered the night as one of the top shooting teams in the nation, was just 25-of-58 (43.1 percent) from the field.

The Bulldogs also were uncharacteristically outrebounded, losing the battle of the boards 32-20.

Yale can still clinch at least a share of the Ivy title with a win at Princeton on Saturday. The Bulldogs would win the crown outright and earn the No. 1 seed in the Ivy Tournament with a victory and a Harvard loss.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity