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Penn Edges Yale 68-63

Penn Edges Yale 68-63

Feb. 14, 2009

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Harrison Gaines scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the first half to lead Penn to a 68-63 Ivy League win over Yale before a crowd of 1,812 at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Alex Zampier had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Bulldogs.

The Quakers (7-13, 3-3 Ivy) led 33-25 at halftime, but Yale slowly chipped away and pulled to within one, 49-48, on Greg Mangano's put-back midway through the second half. Penn built the lead back to six, but the Bulldogs made another run, closing to within 64-63 on Michael Sands's dunk with 1:23 remaining.

The Quakers managed to keep possession for the next minute thanks to some good work on the offensive boards. Tyler Bernardini corralled the rebound after Jack Eggleston missed the second of two free throws. Eggleston then tracked the rebound when Bernardini missed a three-pointer.

Still, Yale trailed only 66-63 when Zack Rosen made one of two free throws with 21 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, the Quakers guarded the perimeter well, and Zampier was only able to get off a quick runner in the lane that missed. Bernardini then sealed the victory by making two free throws with one second left.

"I thought we played real hard and gave ourselves a chance to win," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's basketball.

Bernardini finished with 13 points and Rosen scored 12 for Penn, which won for the second straight night.

Travis Pinick had 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals for the Bulldogs. Sands added 10 points and five rebounds off the bench. Mangano scored eight points, and Garrett Fiddler had seven points and six rebounds.

There were 53 fouls called in the game. Fiddler, Chris Andrews and Ross Morin all fouled out for Yale.

The Quakers held the Bulldogs to just 39 percent shooting from the field.

"They did a really good job of squeezing us in the middle," Jones said.

Gaines did most of his damage in the first half. He made 5 of 10 shots from the field, including a three-pointer on Penn's first possession of the game.

The Quakers shot 48 percent from the field and took their biggest lead, 33-23 on Kevin Egee's three-pointer with 59 seconds left.

The Bulldogs outscored Penn 34-20 in the paint in the game and had 18 offensive rebounds, which they turned into 20 points.

Rosen and Gaines, the Quakers starting guards, combined to score 31 points.

Yale is back home again next weekend, hosting first-place Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday. Both games begin at 7 p.m. and the game with Columbia will be televised live on the YES Network.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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