Cornell Clinches Share Of Ivy Crown; Within One Win of Tournament Berth

Sam BlumCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2010

Well, at least the rest of the Ivy League can have some consolation, the celebration won't take place on Cornell's home court. 

On senior night at Newman Arena, the Big Red clinched just a share of the Ivy League crown, they would have needed a Columbia win over Princeton and a Yale win over Harvard in order to win outright.

Cornell needs just one more win, either at Brown on Friday, or Yale on Saturday in order to clinch.

Although this may seem easy, both of those teams are very quality opponents, and Cornell has shown they are not invincible on road games. A Cornell loss in both games, coupled with Princeton winning its final three games at home, and a pair of wins for Harvard on the road would mean a three way tie for the Ivy crown, and a two game playoff.

Last night Cornell took on Penn, the only Ivy team to have a win against the Big Red. Last night was a different story as Cornell to an easy 68-48 victory on their home finale.

Penn's Zack Rosen led all scores with 23. Ryan Wittman had 18 for Cornell in his last game at Newman Arena. 

The win came a day after Cornell defeated Princeton 50-47. That win put them two games up in the Ancient Eight, rather than in a first place tie.

Elsewhere in the Ivy League, Princeton defeated Columbia to stay in the Ivy race by a hair. Princeton led most of the way, but had to stave off a furious last minute comeback attempt by the Lions.

Brown beat Dartmouth by 19 to stay hot, and Harvard fought to stay in the NCAA race with a 20 point blowout of Yale.