PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Kareem Maddox scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half as Princeton University clinched a share of the Ivy League championship with a 70-58 victory over the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday night.
The Tigers (24-6, 12-2) will face Harvard on Saturday in a one-game playoff at Yale University in New Haven. The winner will get the league’s automatic NCAA tournament invitation, although both will be considered co-champions.
Princeton and Harvard (23-5, 12-2) have split two games this season, with the Crimson winning 79-67 at home on Saturday night.
The Tigers shot 77.8 percent (14 of 18) in the second half after missing 10 of their final 12 shots in the first.
Penn (13-15, 7-7) led 23-19 at halftime after ending the half on a 19-4 run. The Quakers got 18 points from Tyler Bernardini and 12 points and six assists from Miles Cartwright.
Ian Hummer added 14 points and Dan Mavraides 10 for Princeton.
After Penn’s Jack Eggleston scored the first four points of the second half, Princeton went on an 8-0 run to tie it at 27-27 on a jumper by Maddox.
A layup by Maddox put the Tigers ahead to stay, 38-36, with 11:25 remaining, and consecutive 3-pointers by Douglas Davis and Patrick Saunders opened a 55-42 lead with 5:25 to go.
By winning at least a share of their 26th title, the Tigers broke a tie with Penn for the most Ivy championships. If they make it to the NCAA tournament, it would be their 24th appearance, which also would break a tie with the Quakers.
Harvard’s co-championship is its first Ivy League men’s basketball crown.
Penn leads its series with Princeton, 122-102, but failed for the fourth straight season to finish with an overall record of .500 or better.
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