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Basketball Tales of the Ancient Eight – Cornell at Penn (01.12.18)

Robert Cole/ALOST

 

akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief

 

PHILADELPHIA — If there happens to be a blueprint available for all coaches wanting to slow down one of the nation’s leading scorers, Penn head coach Steve Donahue and his staff are might be in for some serious business.

Cornell’s Matt Morgan, who came into the game fourth in Division I in scoring at 24.9 points per game, was held to just 13 points as the Quakers defeated the Big Red 69-61 in a game they never trailed, now improving to 2-0 in Ivy League play for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

Of Morgan’s 13 points, which is a season low for him, eight of those came in the final 2:34 of the game. In last season’s corresponding fixture at The Palestra, Morgan was held to just 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

While the Big Red were shooting 32 percent from the field in the first half, Penn used a balanced attack and ball security on its way to building a 10-point halftime lead. Forward AJ Brodeur led the way for the Quakers in the contest with 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Two other players scored in double figures for the Quakers: Guard Ryan Betley had 13 points – 10 in the first half – while racking up five assists and four steals, and Darnell Foreman had 12 points, his third consecutive game scoring in double figures.

Penn committed just nine turnovers, the fourth consecutive game the Quakers have had fewer than 10 giveaways.

Starting tonight, A Lot of Sports Talk will regularly feature an Ivy League basketball game during the league season in the lead-up to the 2018 Ivy League Tournament, with most of the stories containing an extensive photo gallery from our senior photographer, Robert Cole. Above the byline is the photo gallery from tonight’s game between the Big Red and Quakers, and, after clicking on the first picture, use the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures in the gallery. There are 21 pictures in total.

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