Photos courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Penn Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- As the 14-Game Tournament moves into the midway point, the intrigue of the Ivy League men's basketball title race evolves.
Yale (11-9, 5-1 Ivy League) made the statement of the weekend halting Harvard's 20-game home winning streak to tie the Crimson (18-4, 5-1 Ivy) atop the standings. The Bulldogs return home with a four-game winning streak in hand and a chance to really create some momentum for a title run, hosting Penn (6-13, 3-2 Ivy) and Princeton (13-6, 1-4 Ivy) this weekend.
Penn vaulted back into the title hunt with its sweep of Cornell and Columbia, while Princeton got its first conference victory against the Big Red (1-19, 0-6 Ivy). Both teams take their acts on the road with tough matchups against a streaking squad in Yale and a tough team in Brown (14-8, 4-2) that has yet to drop a conference game at home this season.
Columbia (14-9, 3-3 Ivy) is back at home for the first time in a month with Harvard and Dartmouth (9-11, 2-4 Ivy) coming to Levien Gymnasium. The Lions have been fierce at home, sporting a 9-1 mark with an average margin of victory at 19.2 points with seven of their wins by double figures.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Penn senior forward Fran Dougherty (New Britain, Pa.) was double-double machine in putting Quakers back into the title hunt with wins over Cornell and Columbia. Dougherty posted consecutive double-double for the first time in his career with 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Cornell and 23 points and 12 rebounds vs. Columbia. Against the Lions, he had 19 points by halftime, going 8-of-8 from the field and grabbed a season-high 12 boards, which was just one off his career high.
Dougherty's Statistics for the Week
Yale sophomore forward Justin Sears (Plainfield, N.J.) averaged a double-double (14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds) as he led the Bulldogs to a sweep of the Dartmouth-Harvard road trip for the first time since the 2007-08 season. Sears was particularly dominant in the victory at Harvard that ended the Crimson's 20-game home winning streak. Twelve of his game-high 21 points came in the second half as Yale led throughout the final 20 minutes. He helped close out the victory by going 6-of-6 from the foul line in the final 51 seconds.
Sears' Statistics for the Week
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman guard Steven Spieth (Dallas) kept the Bears in title contention with solid play over the weekend, highlighted by a career high 20-point performance against Dartmouth. Against Harvard, Spieth was assigned to Wesley Saunders whenever he was in the game and held him to 2-12 shooting from the field. The next night, he sparked a 17-3 run to open the game with eight points and scored 13 of his 20 points in the opening half to help the Bears build a 42-33 lead at intermission.
Spieth's Statistics for the Week
T.J. Bray, Princeton (Sr., G - New Berlin, Wis.)
17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Columbia
17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists vs. Cornell
Nolan Cressler, Cornell (So., G - Pittsburgh)
22 points, 5 rebounds at Penn
14 points, 2 rebounds at Princeton
Sean McGonagill, Brown (Sr., G - Brookfield, Ill.)
8 points, 4 rebounds at Harvard
20 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists at Dartmouth
Alex Rosenberg, Columbia (Jr., F - Short Hills, N.J.)
19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals vs. Princeton
17 points, 5 rebounds at Brown
Friday, February 14
*Princeton at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
*Penn at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, February 15
*Penn at Brown, 6 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Yale, 6 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
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