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Princeton, Penn Win CBI First-Round Games, Yale Falls in CIT Opener

Princeton's Douglas Davis
Princeton's Douglas Davis

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Portions courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications, Princeton Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's basketball got off to a solid start in the postseason with wins by Princeton and Penn in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational Presented by Zebra Pen while Yale fell in its opener in the Tournament.

Scoring a career-high 31 points, Douglas Davis helped lift Princeton to a 95-86 road win over Evansville. Davis' 31 points was the most for any Tiger in regulation since Judson Wallace also had 31 in 2003 against Holy Cross. He raised his career total to 1,530, giving him a chance of passing Kit Mueller at 1,546 for the second-most all-time in Princeton history.

The Tigers (20-11) will travel to Pittsburgh (18-16) Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. to face a Panther team that beat Wofford 81-63 to set up the round-of-eight contest.

Hosting its first postseason game since 1978, Penn used a decisive run midway through the second half to Quinnipiac, 74-63, in its CBI first-round game. The win was the Quakers' first postseason win since 1994 and just their second since 1980.

Penn (20-12) moves on the CBI quarterfinals and will host Butler (21-14), the runner-up in each of the last two NCAA Tournaments, Monday night at 8 p.m. at The Palestra. The game will be televised by HDNet.

Yale could not hold on to a 13-point halftime lead against Fairfield and fell to the Stags 68-56 before a Webster Bank Arena crowd of 1,744 that included a nice contingent of Bulldog fans.

The loss ended what was a very successful season for the Bulldogs, who won 19 games, their most since 2001-02. Yale (19-10) also advanced to the postseason for only the fifth time in school history.

Greg Mangano paced Yale with 17 points, eight rebounds and one block in 35 minutes. He finishes his outstanding career as Yale's all-time leader with 213 blocks, the third most in Ivy League history, 735 rebounds, which is sixth in school history, and 1,213 points.