PHILADELPHIA, PA. 1/6/2018 – It was the second game of the men’s-women’s doubleheader in this storied rivalry. Earlier in the day the Princeton women’s team ended a five-game winning streak in the series by the University of Pennsylvania. In the men’s game Penn ended an eight game Princeton streak winning 76 – 70 at the Palestra. The games were close, this time the Red and Blue closed it out.
“Most of the times we play, it comes down to one or two possessions at the end,” said Penn junior center Max Rothschild. “It’s a testament to our team. Obviously, it means a lot to us. They are our rival.”
Ryan Betley led the Quakers with 21 points. He scored 16 in the first half giving the Red and Blue a 37 – 26 halftime lead. Penn kept the advantage the entire second half. Princeton made a change getting to within a possession on five different occasions. The last time was at 72 – 70 on a layup by Tiger guard Devin Cannady, who scored a team-high 21 points, with 50 seconds remaining. That would be the last score by Princeton. The Quakers put the game away on a jumper by forward AJ Brodeur, who scored 12 points, at the 29 second mark. Each team scrambled for a last opportunity, but Penn got the only points on two free throws by Antonio Woods.
“Both teams played hard, and answered each other’s punch,” said Penn Coach Steve Donahue. “Once we had the lead, we never gave it up in the second half. We made big plays and made big shots when we had to.”
It was a good shooting game for the Red and Blue who made 28 of 54 from the floor (51.9%). The starters all scored in double figures. In addition to Betley and Brodeur, Woods scored 13 points, while Darnell Foreman contributed 11, and Rothschild had 10 and he handed out 5 assists. Brodeur pulled down a game-best 8 assists.
Devin Cannady eclipsed the 1,000 point plateau for the Tigers. He now has 1,018 career points. Princeton had four other players in double-digits. Amir Bell had 12 points and Sebastian Much scored 11. Myles Stephens scored 10 points and grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds.
Penn (10 – 5, 1 – 0) gets the Ivy opener, and looks to next home contests next weekend against Cornell and Columbia.
“We aren’t satisfied,” Rothschild said. “We’ve done nothing yet. Our goal is getting a championship.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian