Penn drops final home game, 70-63, to Yale
In a season that has featured fewer ups than downs, the Penn men's basketball team wanted to send off its five graduating seniors with a victory in the final home game.
The Quakers' dream never came true.
Yale weathered a fast start from the Quakers, and Penn (7-18, 4-7 Ivy League) went on to suffer a 70-63 defeat at the Palestra on Saturday night.
The Quakers had trouble containing Yale's Justin Sears, who scored 14 of his 24 points after halftime.
Penn cut the deficit from nine to as little as two in the waning minutes, but Yale kept making big buckets and free throws to thwart the comeback.
Penn was also hurt on the glass. Yale (15-11, 9-3) pulled down 40 rebounds, while Penn grabbed only 29. The Quakers were outrebounded 23-14 in the second half.
"I thought it was huge, especially coming down the stretch," Penn head coach Jerome Allen said. "When we did get a defensive stop, it seemed like they got the offensive rebounds."
The Quakers played with emotion from the opening tip. The Penn bench exploded in celebration throughout the game, trying to pump up the crowd and the team.
After holding a 12-4 lead five minutes in, Penn began to unravel. The Quakers scored just eight points over the final 10 minutes, 44 seconds of the first half, and Yale took a 33-27 lead into halftime.
Penn senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright finished with a team-high 20 points. Jackson-Cartwright, Steve Rennard, Fran Dougherty, Dau Jok, and Cameron Gunter played for the final time at the Palestra.
"It's all been a blessing," Jackson-Cartwright said. "I didn't really know anything about the Palestra or Philadelphia basketball, but this is a special place, and I'm really going to miss it."