Ivy League Roundup: Princeton earns sweep of defending champ Penn, Dartmouth pulls upset

Princeton (9–5, 2–0 Ivy) 62, Pennsylvania (10–6, 0–2 Ivy) 53

Princeton defeated Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon for the second time this young season, this time at Penn’s Palestra in Philadelphia. The 62-53 score was more decisive than the Tiger’s 68-65 overtime win in the Ivy League opener at home a week ago.

With most of the Ivy teams still facing non-league opponents, Princeton holds a surprising 2-0 first place lead, while Penn has an equally surprising 0-2 conference mark, putting them in a last place hole but with 12 games to go. All told, the Quakers are now 10-6 and in a four game losing streak after a hot start to the season that included a victory over defending national champion Villanova.

Devin Cannady was key for Princeton with 20 points and 10-10 free throws, helping his team to 90.5 percent from the line. He also grabbed 12 rebounds as he and his mates outrebounded the home team 55-34.

Richmond Aririguzoh added 17 points and nine rebounds and Myles Stephens had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Princeton. AJ Brodeur scored 16 points with 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Quakers.

The teams were tied 27-all at the break, thanks mostly to a 12-0 run midway. It remained close in the second half until eight straight points by Stephens gave the Tigers a 54-47 advantage with 4:28 remaining.

Dartmouth (10–7, 1–0 Ivy) 81, Harvard (6–7, 0–1 Ivy) 63

Only three games have been played in the Ivy League so far this season, and we have the first major upset. Dartmouth, playing at home but a six-point underdog, took the measure of Harvard, one of the league’s co-favorites, 81-63 in the opener for both teams.

The Big Green, generally a pre-season pick for eighth place, shocked the veteran Crimson before a large crowd at Leede Arena. It was Dartmouth’s biggest win since denying Yale the Ivy League title on a last-second basket three years ago.

The Big Green compiled startling shooting statistics. The team shot a virtually-unheard-of 68 percent and no player among the eight who saw action missed more than three shots. In addition, the home forces made good on 11 of 21 three-pointers and were credited with 21 assists on 32 field goals

Chris Knight and Harvard’s Christian Juzang tied for game honors with 20 points each.

Dartmouth, which scored the last five points to lead 44-29 at the halftime break, was in control by as many as 14 (74-60) with 2:42 remaining.

Four teams (Yale, Columbia, Cornell, and Brown) have yet to face competition in the conference.

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