March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Princeton University defeated Dartmouth College 77-55 to move within one game of clinching its first Ivy League Conference title since 2004.
The Tigers must beat Harvard University tonight in Boston to earn the Ivy title outright and advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament. Harvard defeated the University of Pennsylvania 79-64 last night.
At Edward Leede Arena in Hanover, New Hampshire, Douglas Davis had 14 points and Ian Hummer and Kareem Maddox each added 12 points for the Tigers (23-5, 11-1 Ivy).
R.J. Griffin was high scorer for the Big Green (5-22, 1-12 Ivy), which has lost 10 straight games.
If Harvard (22-5, 11-2 Ivy) wins tonight, Princeton would have to defeat Penn (12-14, 6-6 Ivy) on March 8 and then beat the Crimson in a one-game playoff. A Tigers loss against Penn would give Harvard its first men’s basketball title in the program’s 100 years.
At Lavietes Pavilion in Boston, Laurent Rivard led five players in double-figures with 21 points followed by Christian Webster with 14.
Miles Cartwright led the Quakers with 16 points.
In other Ivy League games, Yale University (15-12, 8-5 Ivy) defeated Columbia University (14-13, 5-8 Ivy) 87-84 in double overtime, and Cornell University (9-18, 5-8 Ivy) beat Brown University (11-16, 4-9 Ivy) 75-66.
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