Last weekend may not have gone as the Princeton men's basketball team hoped, but the Tigers made sure their finale - whether regular-season or overall remains to be seen - went much better.
Using a 12-3 run over three minutes late in the second half, Princeton pulled away from Penn at The Palestra Tuesday night, getting a 71-58 win and closing the regular season at 17-11 overall, 10-4 in the Ivy League.
Penn closed its campaign at 9-22 overall, 6-8 in the Ivy. The Quakers split all six of their Ivy League weekends and were swept by Princeton.
For the Tigers, just five days ago at this time, the team was on a high. Penn dealt Harvard an unexpected defeat, and Princeton entered the season's final three games a half-game ahead of the Crimson. All Princeton needed to do was win its last three, and it would be in the NCAA Tournament.
But the visit to Yale and Brown didn't go as planned. Princeton lost two, Harvard won two, and the Crimson will represent the Ivy when the names are called Sunday night.
Tuesday night represented an opportunity to get a better ending against a longtime rival.
Three seniors started and two of them finished with double-digit points, Ian Hummer leading the Tigers with 18 points and Mack Darrow among them with 11. Will Barrett also chipped in 11, and junior classmate T.J. Bray had 13.
The last of nine lead changes - in a game that also saw 10 ties - came just past the eight-minute mark of the second half when a Darrow 3-pointer gave the Tigers a 50-48 lead.
Penn was within two at 53-51 with less than six minutes to go before Princeton went on the decisive 12-3 run. It ended with Princeton ahead 11 and 2:30 to go, and the Tigers closed out the last few possessions from there.
Princeton ended up outshooting Penn on the night 47.3 percent to 44.7 percent after entering the locker room tied at 32-32 with Penn shooting 50 percent to Princeton's 40.6. The Tigers turned that around by making 13 of 23 shots in the second half.
Princeton also succeeded by making Penn turn it over 17 times, including 10 Princeton steals, with just eight Tiger turnovers. That helped Princeton overcome a 30-29 rebounding disadvantage, with 11 boards from Penn's Henry Brooks as a game-high total. Penn's Tony Hicks led all scorers with 22 points.
• Ian Hummer stands 18th on the Ivy League career scoring list at 1,625 points. He's second on Princeton's scoring list.
• Hummer has played the most games in Princeton history, playing his 123rd Tuesday night. He passed former teammate Douglas Davis '12 (122).
• Hummer moved into third place on Princeton's career blocks list with 109, a stat kept since 1974-75, breaking a tie with former teammate Kareem Maddox '11 (108).
• If this was Hummer's last game, he finished as the first Tiger since Kit Mueller '91 in 1991 to lead Princeton in a season in scoring (16.3 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg), assists (115) and blocks (23).
• Princeton's 71 points was the team's most in regulation at The Palestra since 1997 (74).
• Princeton's 13-point win was its largest in the building since beating Penn by 14 in 2001.
• The Tigers closed the season with at least 10 Ivy wins for the fourth straight year, making the Class of 2013 the first class to go at least 10-4 in the Ivy all four years since the Class of 2004.
• The Class of 2013 is also the first Princeton class in the era of four-year eligibility (since the Class of 1982) to beat Penn seven of eight times.
• Penn leads the all-time series 123-105. The teams began playing in 1903.