Photos courtesy of Brown Sports Information and Penn
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The plot thickens for Ivy League men’s basketball going into the next-to-last full weekend of conference play as Harvard enters the week at the top of the standings after Princeton suffered its first Ivy loss over the weekend.
Princeton looks to rebound from that setback to Brown and hold serve on its home court against Cornell and Columbia to set up the March 5 rematch with Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. The Crimson faces its final road tests of the regular season against upset-minded Brown and Yale before closing out at home. Penn catapulted itself into the top half of the League standings with road sweep at Brown and Yale and now looks to keep the momentum going in the friendly confines of The Palestra against Columbia and Cornell over the final weekend in February.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brown senior forward Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, Ill.) was back after missing five games to lead the Bears over the weekend, including an upset win over first-place Princeton. Sullivan returned to the court from what was thought to be a season-ending shoulder dislocation with a protective pad on his shoulder and scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting vs. Penn. The next night against Princeton, his play was nothing short of miraculous as he connected on 16-of-16 from the free throw line en route to a game-high 26 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in a winning effort.
Sullivan’s Statistics for the Week
Penn junior forward Tyler Bernardini (Carlsbad, Calif.) had a career weekend in leading the Quakers to a road sweep over Brown and Yale. Bernadini finished one point shy of his career high with 26 points at Brown on the strength of a career-high six three-pointers. He scored his 1,000th career point at Yale, becoming the third Quaker this season (Jack Eggleston and Zack Rosen) and the 37th Penn player all-time to reach that milestone.
Bernardini’s Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman guard Sean McGonagill (Brookfield, Ill.) continued to excel as the Bears’ floor general, playing 78 out of a possible 80 minutes, vs. Penn and Princeton. Still playing with a protective mask due to facial injuries suffered two weeks ago, McGonagill came up big against Princeton scoring 16 points while also grabbing seven rebounds and handing out five assists to knock off the Tigers. The night before against Penn, he scored a team-leading 16 points and handed out five assists.
McGonagill’s Statistics for the Week
Noruwa Agho, Columbia, Junior, Guard (New City, N.Y.)
13.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.0 apg
19 pts., 9 rebs., 5 asts. vs. Dartmouth
Kareem Maddox, Princeton, Senior, Forward (Oak Park, Calif.)
17.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg
16 pts., 9 rebs. at Yale
Greg Mangano, Yale, Junior, Center (Orange, Conn.)
20.5 ppg, 11.5 rpg
26 pts., 11 rebs. vs. Penn
Tyler Melville, Dartmouth, Freshman, Guard (Plano, Texas)
15.5 ppg, 3.5 apg
20 pts., 3 rebs., 4 asts. at Columbia
Keith Wright, Harvard, Junior, Forward (Suffolk, Va.)
13.0 ppg, 11.5 rpg
16 pts., 12 rebs. at Columbia
Chris Wroblewski, Cornell, Junior, Guard (Highland Park, Ill.)
13.5 ppg, 6.0 apg
19 pts., 9 asts. vs. Dartmouth
Friday, February 25
*Harvard at Brown, 7 pm [SIRIUS]
*Columbia at Penn, 7 pm [The Comcast Network]
*Cornell at Princeton, 7 pm [Verizon FiOS 1]
*Dartmouth at Yale, 7 pm
Saturday, February 26
*Dartmouth at Brown, 6 pm
*Columbia at Princeton, 6 pm
*Harvard at Yale, 6 pm
*Cornell at Penn, 7 pm [SIRIUS]
*Ivy League Contest
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