Bears Fall To Quakers In Battle For First Place In Ivy Standings
Jan. 29, 2005
Philadelphia, PA - Sophomore forward Steve Danley scored 17 of his game high 22 points in the first half to lead Penn to an 83-60 victory over Brown in an early season battle for first place in the Ivy League standings. The win lifts the Quakers to 9-7 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy standings, while Brown drops to 8-8 overall and 1-1 in Ivy play.
Following Friday's 57-52 win over Princeton, the Bears were looking to become the first team to sweep Princeton and Penn on the road since Yale did so in 1987. Unfortunately, they ran into a hot-shooting Penn team, determined to keep the 18-year streak intact.
Penn utilized 76 percent shooting from the field to grab a 44-23 at the half, The Quakers led by as many as 24 points, 42-18, with 1:25 remaining on a three-point basket by Ibrahim Jaaber. Danley provided an inside scoring presence for the Quakers, connecting on all seven field goal attempts, as Penn shot a torrid 76 percent from the field, hitting 19 of 25 field goals.
Brown made a run at the Quakers at the start of the second half, outscoring Penn 16-7 to pull to within 12 points, 51-39, on a slam dunk by sophomore Nate Eads. The Quakers took control of the game at that juncture and cruised to the victory.
Forte, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored 15 points in the second half to lead the Brown scorers. Sophomore PJ Flaherty chipped in 11 points for the Bears while junior Luke Ruscoe added seven points.
In addition to Danley's 22 points, senior guard Eric Osmundson scored 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the field, while Jaaber added 16 points for the Quakers. Penn shot 63 percent from the field for the game, connecting on 33 of 52 field goals.