After sweeping both of its games this weekend, Cornell looks like it will wear its first Ivy crown since the 1953-'54 season.
After dropping Harvard, 71-63, Friday night, the Big Red traveled to Hanover for a showdown with second-place Dartmouth. And Cornell burned past the Big Green, 101-85, to extend its lead in the race to two games with only four left to play.
Guard Sam Jacobs, who almost single-handedly beat the Crimson Friday, and forward Greg Gilda each chipped in 16 points for the Big Red, while Dartmouth forward Jim Barton led all scorers with 19 points. Cornell Coach Mike Dement's deep roster was the key, as seven Big Red players scored in double figures.
The Quakers moved into third place in the Ivy standings by beating Brown, 96-83, Friday. Point guard Walt Frazier fired in 28 points for Penn, while senior Tyrone Pitts had 10 rebounds and 24 points. Center Anthony Katsaros had 24 points for the Bruins, while swing-man Marcus Thompson added 20.
The next night, Yale had the Quakers quaking as the Elis surprised Penn, 87-81, in New Haven. John Rice scored 20 points for the Bulldogs, while guard Peter White chipped in 19. Frazier again scored 28 points to lead the Quakers.
Despite being upset by Yale, Penn held on to third place, because Princeton was swept by Brown and Yale. Pete Carril's Tigers have lost each of their last three games-to Harvard, Yale, and Brown-by a single point.
Friday night in New Haven, Eli Co-Captain Paul Maley took a pass from White with two seconds left, and hit an 8-footer in the paint to lift Yale over Princeton, 61-60. Maley scored 34 of his team's 61 points, while junior forward Bob Scrabis led the Tigers with 25 points.
Things went no better for Carril's men in Providence Saturday, as Chris Dowling sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Brown its first Ivy win, 68-67. Dick Whitmore was the top scorer for the Bruins with 19 points, while Scrabis again fired in 25.
Jacobs and Maley earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors, while Dartmouth forward Brendan O'Sullivan was named Ivy Rookie of the Week.
1987-'88 IVY STANDINGS TEAM IVY ALL Cornell 9 - 1 15 - 7 Dartmouth 7 - 3 15 - 7 Penn 6 - 3 8 - 12 Princeton 5 - 4 13 - 8 HARVARD 5 - 5 10 - 12 Yale 5 - 5 9 - 13 Brown 1 - 9 5 - 17 Columbia 1 - 9 4 - 18