Red-Hot Penn Knocks Off Yale

Blake Reynolds (Steve Musco photo)
Blake Reynolds (Steve Musco photo)

Oni Scores 16 Points To Pace Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Penn used a formula that has been quite successful for Yale this season to knock off the Bulldogs in a rare Sunday matinee. The Quakers had a big second half, featured a balanced scoring attack and shared the ball well in a 71-55 win that spoiled Youth Day at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Darnell Foreman led five players in double figures with 15 points to pace Penn. Matt Howard added 14, AJ Brodeur and Ryan Betley each had 12 and Devon Goodman scored 11.

The Quakers (11-12) have won four straight Ivy games after dropping their first six and are right back in the hunt for a berth in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament in March.

Yale (14-9, 6-4 ivy) sits in third place, two games ahead of Penn and Columbia, who are tied at 4-6.

The top four regular season finishers earn a berth in the tournament.

Miye Oni paced the Bulldogs with 16 points and nine rebounds. Sam Downey added nine points and seven rebounds.

Yale, which fell to Princeton on Friday, has lost three straight.

"We have to work at getting back to our philosophies," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs.

Penn had quick starts to both halves. The Quakers had an 11-2 lead four minutes into the game before the Bulldogs rallied, closing to within one, 31-30, by halftime.

Penn, though, scored the first 13 points of the second half.

The Quakers shot 58.6 percent from the field in the second half and finished with 19 assists on their 29 field goals in the game.

After playing four straight home games, Yale next travels to Harvard on Friday and then is at Dartmouth on Saturday.

"We have to come to practice on Tuesday and learn from our mistakes," Downey said. "We have to get better quickly."

NOTES

The Bulldogs outrebounded Penn 38-31… Yale has lost three straight Ivy League games for the first time since late in the 2007-08 season… Yale made six three-pointers. As part of the Coaches Vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge, fans can make a pledge for each 3-point shot the Bulldogs make from February 1st – March 4th by visiting https://pledgeit.org/cvc-yale. Each donation will support the American Cancer Society's research, education and patient programs… Both the Harvard and Dartmouth games next weekend are 7 p.m. tips, and both can be seen on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.

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