Ivy Sends Penn ... Again

CAROUSEL - Closed lanes of the Bay Bridge looking toward San Francisco, California, 2007/9/3. CBS

Even though his team struggled early, Penn Coach Fran Dunphy thought he had a special group this season.

The Quakers proved that Saturday night, winning the Ivy League championship and an NCAA bid with a 69-52 victory over Cornell.

Ugonna Onyekwe, Andrew Toole and Tim Begley each scored 13 points as the Quakers (21-5, 13-0) won the Ivy League title for the second straight year, and for the eighth time in the last 11 seasons.

"It's a phenomenal feeling. There's nothing better," said Toole, a senior guard. "It's a lot different from last year (when Penn won the title in a playoff after ending the season in a three-way tie). There's much less stress."

The Quakers have now won 14 straight and 22 in a row in the Ivy League.

They were in control throughout, using two 10-0 runs in the first half to build a 34-23 halftime lead. Penn hit 13-of-25 shots in the half, including 5-of-9 from behind the arc, while Cornell made only 9-of-29 shots.

Ka'Ron Barnes had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Cornell (9-18, 4-10), which has now lost 10 in a row to Penn.

The season didn't start out all that well for Penn, which won its first game, but then lost to underdogs Drexel and Delaware — causing fans to grumble.

"You can learn from those things, and good teams come back from those types of losses," Dunphy said. "After the Delaware loss, ... I felt good about my guys. I felt we were a good basketball team, and that we would have a good season."

On Saturday, Koko Archibong, Jeff Schiffner and David Klatsky each hit 3-pointers at the start of the second half to give Penn a 43-23 lead, and Cornell never got closer than 12 points.

A 3-pointer by Schiffner at 12:24 gave Penn its biggest lead of the game, 54-33.

Steve Donahue, a former Penn assistant in his second year as Cornell's coach, recruited several Penn seniors. And he had mixed emotions about his team's loss.

"I hate to lose and I know my guys played hard, but I'm also really proud of Penn. They're a terrific group. They're just great people. They know how to win," Donahue said.

Penn will play its final game of the regular season at Princeton on Tuesday.

Popular on CBS News


Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Watch Now

New Android App

For your Android phone and tablet, download the FREE redesigned app, featuring CBSN, live 24/7 news.