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It’s another close one here at the Palestra. 

One day after narrowly topping Dartmouth 82-79 in overtime, Penn is deadlocked with Harvard, trailing 28-26 at halftime. Freshman forward Michael Wang — who didn’t play last night — and junior forward AJ Brodeur lead the way for the Quakers with nine points apiece. 

The Red and Blue struck first on a three pointer from junior guard Devon Goodman and jumped out to a 8-2 lead, but Harvard junior guard Bryce Aiken hit a two contested threes down the stretch to keep things close. The Crimson gained their first lead of the game with 3:10 to go on a three pointer by junior guard Justin Bassey and would take the lead heading into the half on another contested three from Bassey. 

Harvard started the game 0-8 from the field and shot just 34% in the first half, but Penn didn’t fare much better, shooting 42% in the first half and just 21% from beyond the arc. Both teams have struggled holding onto the ball, as the Quakers committed nine turnovers while the Crimson have eight. 

Penn is 4-5 when trailing at the half this season. Last night, they trailed Dartmouth 42-37 at halftime but came from behind to secure a win. 

The Quakers will look to improve their shooting and ball control in the second half. 

Check out the full recap here.

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