Penn vs. Cornell Basketball Recap: Cornell's Dreams Crumble as Reality Sets in

Sam BlumCorrespondent IFebruary 12, 2010

BOISE, ID - MARCH 20:  Head Coach Steve Donahue of the Cornell Big Red walks on the sidelines during the game against the Missouri Tigers in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 20, 2009 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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As the Cornell basketball team walked into the Palestra tonight with a 20-3 record and as a 17-point favorite, they were probably pretty confident coming into this game. Well, as they boarded the bus tonight and headed to New Jersey, it is pretty safe to say that they should have been a little less confident.

Tonight the 3-15 Quakers upset the Big Red and sent shockwaves through the college basketball world. With the win, Penn is now within two games of the Ivy League lead, but more importantly Princeton will take the lead in the standings just hours after No. 22 Cornell was the undisputed king of the conference.

The Penn defense was on and seemingly all their shots were falling. Jack Eggleston and Zack Rosen finished for a combined 46 points, while Wittman led Cornell with 16. 

The loss opens the flood gates in the Ivies. Princeton is now 5-0 after escaping a tough Columbia (2-5) team tonight. Harvard moves to just one game out, after their overtime win at Yale. 

Tomorrow should be an exciting night for the underrated Ivy conference as its two top teams will battle at Jadwin Gym in Princeton, New Jersey with a 6 pm tip off.