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Quakers hold off Bulldogs to clinch NCAA bid

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- Eric Osmundson scored 15 points and Mark
Zoller added 14 as the University of Pennsylvania held off a late
rally and beat Yale 57-55 Friday night to clinch its second
straight Ivy League title and become the first team to secure a
spot in the NCAA tournament.

Yale (15-13, 7-6 Ivy) had a chance to tie the game at the
buzzer, but Eric Flato's desperation 18-footer fell short.

Penn (19-7, 11-1) built what seemed like a commanding 41-25 lead
with 15:55 to play, but Yale's Dominick Martin (18 points) led a
rally that cut the margin to four with 3:10 remaining.

Nick Holmes hit two free throws to pull the Bulldogs to within
55-53 with 1:16 to go.

The Quakers clinched the league title with the victory and
Princeton's loss to Brown.

"It feels tremendous and is a great accomplishment for this
particular group of guys," Penn coach Fran Dunphy said. "We talk
about that ad nauseum ... the opportunity to sit in that room and
watch where you're going in the NCAA tournament. There's nothing
better in this world."