PHILADELPHIA – A 3-pointer by Penn's Jackson Donahue with six seconds to play proved to be the difference as Harvard men's basketball fell, 75-72, to Penn at The Palestra. The Crimson (18-9, 10-4) was paced by freshman Bryce Aiken with 17 points.
Penn (13-14, 6-8) secured a spot in the Ivy League tournament as Matt Howard led all scorers with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Betley added 10 points on 3-of-10 shooting and six boards.
Howard scored the first 11 points for Penn, as the Quakers took an early 13-9 lead. Chambers nailed a long two, but Penn hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push out to an eight-point advantage, 19-11. The Crimson immediate responded, scoring 14 of the next 16 points to pull ahead, 25-21, at the 5:25 mark. Zena Edosomwan capped the run with two highlight-reel dunks – one off a shifty pass from Justin Bassey and the other an alley-oop from Siyani Chambers.
Penn would not relent, scoring six of the next nine points to pull within one, 28-27. Harvard posted a 5-2 spurt to end the half, taking a 35-31 lead into the locker room.
The Quakers came out of the break on a mission, registering a 10-2 rally take a four-point lead after three minutes of play. Down three, 45-42, Harvard spouted off an 10-2 rally to regain its lead, 53-47, at the 10:22 mark.
With the Crimson ahead six, 58-52, AJ Brodeur hit a three to start an 11-0 rally and push the home team ahead, 63-58, with 5:26 to play. Chambers came up big, nailing a three on the right wing, but the Penn advantage remained five with 67 seconds remaining. Aiken nailed a tough jumper, plus the foul, and on the ensuing possession connected on both free throws of a 1-and-1 to knot the game for the eighth time, 72-72. Donahue hit a long three to secure the win for the Quakers.
Harvard will be back at The Palestra Saturday, March 11 for the inaugural Ivy League tournament. The Crimson will be the No. 2 seed, facing No. 3 seed Yale.
Game Notes: Zena Edosomwan posted double-figures for the third time this season. Bryce Aiken notched double-digits for the 17th time this season and paced Harvard in scoring for the 12th time. This marked the 14th double-figure game for Siyani Chambers this year and 72nd of his career. Chambers ranks second all-time in assists (600), sixth in steals (162) and No. 12 in points (1,283). Robert Baker posted a career high with eight points.