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Game 27: Penn 79, Cornell 64

Behind 24 points from Jack Eggleston and 22 from Zack Rosen, Penn upset two-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell at the Palestra, 79-64.

Game 27: Penn 79, Cornell 64

Penn basketball fans storm the court after the Quakers upset Cornell 79-64. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer )
Penn basketball fans storm the court after the Quakers upset Cornell 79-64. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer )

Yes, this really just happened. And no, I can't believe it either.

Behind 24 points from Jack Eggleston and 22 from Zack Rosen, Penn upset two-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell at the Palestra, 79-64. The Quakers shot 56.5 percent from the field and won at home for the first time since February 28, 2009 - a span of 351 days.

Penn was 11-for-21 from three and 27-for-48 from the field overall. Cornell shot 56.5 percent from the field (13-for-23) in the first half, but only 33.3 percent (10-for-30) in the second.

It was 32-31 Penn at halftime. You had to think the Big Red would get things fixed in the second half. But it didn't happen.

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Ryan Wittman and Louis Dale led Cornell with 16 points each. Dale had a terrible night otherwise, though, shooting 6-for-15 from the field and committing four turnovers before fouling out.

I guess it's okay for the Penn kids to storm the court if it's been that long since the last home win? 

The whole thing is kind of unbelievable. But it happened, and now Cornell has some real consequences to deal with when they go to Princeton tomorrow

As for Penn... who knows. They could still lose to Columbia tomorrow, but they looked really good tonight. Having Mike Howlett back after being out for 11 games due to injury made a huge difference inside - he scored nine points and pulled down nine offensive rebounds, including five at the offensive end.

Press conference audio is below. So are the preamble (not that it matters), the live-Tweeting transcript and the stats compilation from earlier this afternoon.


I was in University City this afternoon to talk to some people and I saw the Cornell basketball team walking down Walnut Street towards the Palestra. The players were wearing their usual pregame sweats, but no heavy coats or anything like that.

I guess when you're from Ithaca, this weather is nothing.

The Big Red should feel evem more at home in the Palestra tonight if as many of their fans show up as have in years past. Writing this before the game, I suspect there will be more Cornell fans in the house than Penn fans tonight.

Regardless of who anyone's rooting for, there's little question that all eyes on 33rd Street will be focused on Big Red coach Steve Donahue. The Springfield, Delaware County native is almost a lock at this point to be headed to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year. Already, his name has been connected with Rutgers and Fordham on various websites of various repute.

No matter who's saying what now, if the Big Red are able to win a game in March, Donahue's stock will soar even higher. I've seen Cornell in person twice this season, and I really think this could be the year the Ivy League ends its 12-year NCAA Tournament win drought.

By the way, the Penn fans among you might be interested in this excerpt from Keith Pompey's story on Donahue in this morning's Inquirer:

But Donahue, a Cardinal O'Hara and Ursinus College product, said he is not upset about not getting the Penn job.

"I appreciate that they were willing to consider me, to be honest," Donahue said. "At that point, I hadn't achieved much at Cornell, probably, in a lot of people's eyes. Although I knew I was doing it the right way.

"I never had bad feelings, in all honesty. I appreciate that I was able to continue up here and build what we have up here."

There's also this from Bernard Fernandez's story on Donahue in the Daily News:

"In my experience there hasn't been a better leader than Jerome was as a player at Penn," Donahue said. "He's got his kids playing hard and sharing the basketball. I love their offense and what they're trying to do."

I'll be Tweeting from courtside at the Palestra this evening, and you can follow along below. Before then, though, here's the weekly stats compilation. You'll see I've added season records to the Teamsheet Tables to give those numbers a bit more context.

City Six rankings table

Team
Record
Conf.
Big 5
Drexel
14-12
9-5
1-2
104 (104)
101 (104)
111 (111)
123 (123)
105 (107) 
La Salle
11-12
3-6
1-1
137 (124)
120 (97)
134 (120)
161 (144)
87 (71)
Penn
3-15
2-2
0-4
319 (324)
305 (316)
325 (328)
301 (308)
165 (160)
St. Joseph's
9-15
3-7
2-1
182 (186)
179 (179)
177 (187)
190 (193)
59 (42)
Temple
19-5
7-2
2-0
43 (34)
16 (17)
24 (18)
33 (26)
46 (48)
Villanova
21-2
10-1
3-1
11 (13)
3 (4)
4 (4)
5 (5)
13 (36)

Schuylkill 16 NCAA Tournament teamsheets

Team
Wins
Losses
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
10
15
0
8
288
183
7
18
0
4
220
108
Delaware St.
12
9
0
2
213
157
14
12
0
1
203
89
11
12
0
1
235
52
Lafayette
14
10
0
5
284
193
15
9
0
4
277
192
10
15
0
6
277
202
3
15
0
7
312
164
Penn State
8
15
0
3
241
97
Princeton
13
5
0
1
231
134
Rider
14
12
0
1
231
111
Rutgers
12
12
0
0
178
52
Saint Joseph's
9
15
1
0
195
83
Temple
19
5
4
0
143
34
Villanova
21
2
6
0
115
12

Big East, Atlantic 10, CAA and Ivy League

Team
Wins
Losses
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
Connecticut
14
10
1
0
129
46
Georgetown
18
5
5
0
118
31
Marquette
15
8
2
0
173
43
Pittsburgh
18
6
3
1
120
61
South Florida
15
8
2
0
144
60
24
1
5
0
114
18
19
4
6
0
104
19
Charlotte
18
6
3
0
183
25
Dayton
17
6
4
0
146
40
19
4
2
0
142
31
Richmond
19
6
4
0
148
56
Xavier
16
7
3
0
138
24
George Mason
16
9
1
2
208
114
Northeastern
17
8
2
0
158
88
Old Dominion
19
7
2
0
169
57
Cornell
20
3
0
0
187
23



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