Yale Gets by Penn 66 – 61 on Late Spurt
BOSTON, MA. /12/2022 –
A battle between two teams that gave their all. And their leading scorers Azar Swain and Jordan Dingle did not disappoint. Basketball is a numbers game, and in the end second-seeded Yale had more baskets than the third seeded University of Pennsylvania. With a 66 – 61 win Yale will play Princeton for the Ivy League championship.
“It was a high-level game,” said Penn Coach Steve Donahue. Both teams played extremely hard. We just didn’t put the ball in the basket. It had nothing to do with effort, execution or competing. We didn’t make enough shots, and Yale did.”
Over the course of the game the Bulldogs took 54 shots and sank 26 of them, 9 of 21 from distance. The Quakers took 58 field goal attempts, 23 went in, 8 of 26 from distance. In this well played game each team committed 7 turnovers.
Jordan Dingle and Azar Swain Took Charge on Offense
Swain led Yale with 25 points making 9 of 15 from the floor and 5 of 8 from beyond the arc. Dingle exceeded that number getting 28 points, 5 shy of his career-high on 12 of 25 shooting, 4 of 11 from three-point land.
At the end of the game it became a battle of those two players scoring key buckets. With the score tied at 57 with just over 6 minutes to play. Swain swishes a three at the 5:29 mark, and follows with a jumper two and a half minutes later. Dingle answers with two baskets to bring the Red and Blue to within 62 – 61 as 1:33 shows on the clock. Those would be the last points Penn would score. The Eli took control on a layup by Bez Mbeng at 1:14. The Quakers missed their last three shots and had a turnover.
For Penn a Sting in the Present, but a Brighter Future
For Dingle and the Penn team, there is disappointment in the loss, but positive feelings are there for next season.
“I’m very disappointed that I couldn’t get it done this year,” Dingle said. “Each and every one of us know that this is where we belong. We thought this season that we were a team capable of winning the league. We are going to have the same mindset going forward. You never want to exit early. I am grateful to make it here. I can’t wait for next November.”
Penn finishes the season at 12 – 16. Coach Donahue feels the future looks better as the team has grown, and many will return.
“We have a chance to build something special here and that’s what we want to do at Penn,” Donahue said.
Written By: Glenn Papazian