NEW YORK (AP) -- Pennsylvania became the first team to secure a
spot in the NCAA Tournament, getting 26 points from Ibrahim Jaaber
and 24 from Tim Begley in an 80-72 victory over Columbia on
Saturday night that clinched the Ivy League title.
Pennsylvania (17-8, 10-1 Ivy) won the Ivy for the fifth time
since 1999, and still has three league games remaining.
Steve Danley's layup with 3 seconds left in the first half broke
the last tie in the game and gave the Quakers a 35-33 lead at the
Penn then scored 22 of the first 26 points in the second half,
building a 20-point lead with 9:39 remaining. Jan Fikiel, who
finished with 14 points, scored eight in the run.
Columbia was ahead three times in the first half, but never led
by more than three points.
Penn held a 16-point lead with 2:59 remaining, when Baumann led
a late flurry that drew the Lions within 79-71 with 28.1 seconds
remaining. The teams traded free throws to close out the scoring.
Begley and Fikiel are Penn's only seniors and have played in the