Instant Replay: Princeton 61, Penn 52

Instant Replay: Princeton 61, Penn 52


PRINCETON, N.J. – A 21-point lead, a furious comeback and an even more determined response: Just another chapter of the Penn-Princeton rivalry.

The Tigers made the storied rivalry look more like a hammer meeting a nail for the first 23 minutes of the game, taking a 39-18 lead, but Penn’s offense came roaring back, hitting six three-pointers to erase Princeton’s significant lead in fewer than 10 minutes thanks to a 26-5 run.

However, Princeton responded with a strong final effort from a trio of guards and held on for a 61-52 win on Saturday night at Jadwin Gymnasium. Junior guard Amir Bell led the charge for Princeton with 12 points off the bench to stake Princeton to the early lead while sophomore Devin Cannady had 16 points, helping finish off the win. 

Fellow sophomore guard Myles Stephens finished with nine points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Penn junior guard Darnell Foreman came off the bench and scored a game-high 17 points to go with seven rebounds.

The win moves Princeton to 8-6 (1-0 Ivy League) and drops Penn to 6-6 (0-1). The Tigers never trailed 

Turning point
Tied at 44 after Penn’s large run, Princeton called timeout and quickly regained its composure. Cannady hit a quick jumper and was followed by a three from Stephens. Two free throws would extend the response into a 7-0 run that Princeton rode to a win.

The comeback
It wouldn’t have seemed like a Penn-Princeton game with a blowout. Even though Princeton has now won six straight games against Penn, the Quakers have made most of those games close and tonight was no exception. 

Penn’s offense was hapless for most of the first half, but the one bright spot was junior Darnell Foreman. The gritty point guard was able to penetrate Princeton’s defense all night and he proved the catalyst during a second-half comeback. He produced Penn’s first three assists on a night where the Quakers finished with just four.

The Quakers made 6 of 8 threes during the 26-5 run, including three from freshman Ryan Betley, two from sophomore Jackson Donahue and one from Foreman that hit every part of the rim.

Donahue and Betley each finished with 11 points. 

Princeton starts hot, Penn goes cold
Princeton scored the first six points of the game and never trailed. The Tigers’ guards harassed Penn’s guards and prevented the Quakers from getting the ball inside for much of the opening frame. Penn’s disjointed offense could not muster an assist in the first half and turned the ball over nine times. 

While Princeton made 14 of 15 from the free throw line and dominated the rebounding margin, 19-12, Penn went 3 of 7 from the line and was 0 for 7 from three. Penn’s starters narrowly outscored Princeton’s bench in the first half, 17-15.

Ugly first half
There were just two total assists in the first half while the two teams combined to turn the ball over 16 times. There was one 23-second stretch with three turnovers where the ball was seemingly spilled on the floor for the entire time, both teams fumbling over the loose ball. The rivalry has seen better moments.

All-time series
This was the 235th meeting between the two programs. Penn leads the all-time series, 124-111. Princeton, however, has now won 14 of the last 16 duels.

Next up
Penn has its first Ivy doubleheader next weekend, hosting Yale and Brown on Friday and Saturday. The Quakers then have two more Big 5 games left vs. St. Joe’s and La Salle later this month.

Princeton is done with non-conference play and only has its Ivy weekend and a rematch with Penn on Feb. 7 left. 

Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

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Doug Overton pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in indecent exposure case

Former 76er and La Salle basketball star Doug Overton pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct Wednesday, stemming from an April 30 incident on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail.

Overton, 47, was arrested for exposing himself to both men and women while on the trail in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, on April 30, per the police.

Overton, the head basketball coach at Divison II Lincoln University, was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to participate in a psycho-sexual evaluation.

As part of a plea deal, three counts of indecent exposure were dropped. 

“He admitted on the record that his behavior was offensive and obscene, it was obscene behavior and that other people that were there in the park that day enjoying a public area with their families, that they observed that and it was offensive and obscene to them,” Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood told the Main Line Times. “He admitted to engaging in behavior that was obscene and offensive.”

The Big 5 Hall of Famer played 11 NBA seasons, including parts of three with the Sixers. 

Former La Salle great Donnie Carr returns to alma mater as assistant coach

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Former La Salle great Donnie Carr returns to alma mater as assistant coach

A former La Salle great and Big 5 Hall of Famer is being added to the Explorers' coaching staff.

Head coach John Giannini on Tuesday announced that Donnie Carr would be returning to the program as an assistant coach. Carr, who played four seasons at La Salle from 1996-2000, is one of just six players in program history with over 2,000 career points. 

"Donnie is a La Salle and Big 5 Hall of Famer who has paid his dues in coaching while getting valuable experience and making great contacts," Giannini said in a statement. "He has assisted at the small college level, the Division I level and the highest level of AAU competition. Our relationship has grown over the years and he is the perfect person for our staff at this time. Whether it is in mentoring, skill development or recruiting, he will make our players and program better."

After racking up over 1,000 points in his career at Roman Catholic High School, Carr moved a few miles north up Broad Street and continued to fill it up on Olney Avenue. In four seasons with the Explorers, Carr compiled 2,067 total points and career average of 19.7 points per game.

In addition to being named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in his first season as an Explorer, Carr landed on first team All-Big 5 in each of his four collegiate seasons. 

"Since March 8, 2000, when I played my last game at La Salle in the A-10 Tournament, I have always dreamed of one day getting an opportunity to coach at my alma mater," Carr said. "This is a dream come true, and I'm ready to hit the ground running for our program."

Injuries cut short Carr's professional playing career overseas, which included stops in Turkey and France.

His prior coaching resume includes different stops as an assistant coach at Holy Family University, The Haverford School and Roman Catholic, as well as a two-year stint at Hartford as a coordinator for player devolopment. Carr had recently been named the head basketball coach at Girard College before coming aboard as an assistant coach at La Salle. 

"I'm blessed, honored and thankful for the opportunity that Coach Giannini has entrusted me with," Carr said. "I have always supported Coach Giannini and have the utmost respect and admiration for him. To be given an opportunity to learn from him and the other coaches on the staff is priceless."