Turn Back the Clock: Feb. 14, 1993

The Penn men's basketball team caps off a weekend sweep of Columbia and Cornell, remains undefeated in the conference at the halfway mark of the Ivy League season

Feb. 14, 1993

On Valentine's Day 1993, who would have thought that the Quakers were in the midst of something historic?

Entering the weekend with an undefeated record in the Ancient Eight, the Red and Blue sought to dispatch two New York teams and continue the team's march toward a conference championship.

Following a matchup between Columbia and Penn on Friday, the Quakers hosted Cornell at The Palestra on Saturday, and squeaked out a four-point victory.

Heading into the Ivy League slate, many assumed that the Lions-Quakers game would go back and forth. After all, at the time, Penn and Columbia were first and second in the Ivy League standings, respectively.

And after dismantling the Lions, 84-63, the Quakers came out hot on Saturday night. Still, after draining its first four shots and taking an early 10-0 lead, the game between Penn and the Big Red turned into the highlight of the weekend.

The Quakers led by just one at the half, 26-25, and the second half would feature both teams exchanging buckets to keep the game close.

With 13:34 remaining in the second half, Cornell junior forward Zeke Marshall made a driving layup, breaking a 40-40 tie to give the Big Red their first lead of the game.

Moments later, however, Penn freshman Tim Krug sunk a three-pointer, helping the Quakers reclaim the lead, 43-42.

Cornell never led the game again.

With some timely three-pointers and clutch free-throw shooting, the Quakers were able to close out the game, and the weekend sweep, 66-62.

In the grand scheme of the 1992-1993 men's basketball season, Penn's four-point squeaker over Cornell may appear to have been just another win for the team.

Nonetheless, the victory moved the Quakers to 15-4 overall, 7-0 in the Ivy League. Less than a month later, the team would cap off an undefeated Ivy League slate, and capture the first conference title under then-head coach Fran Dunphy.

Although the squad would lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament, it was a successful season for Penn. The 1992-93 season was the first of three consecutive seasons in which the Quakers would win every single Ivy League game. The Red and Blue also finished 14-0 in the conference in 1993-1994 and 1994-1995.

While the team would dominate the Ancient Eight during its 48-game conference winning streak, it was the Quakers' victory over Cornell that helped spur the team on to its first conference title in six seasons.

One thought on “Turn Back the Clock: Feb. 14, 1993

  1. An admission: These "Turn Back the Clock" and weekly "Recruit Roundups" have me confused, and take me back to my first fraternity meeting discussing potential candidates. Two pro and two con comments were required for each; and on this occasion a brother ripped into the candidate during the pro phase. When the contradiction was pointed out, the brother replied, and I quote: "Them is the good points!"

    Has this once proud and iconic program devolved to look backs, and future recruits of frankly unremarkable talent on which to base current enthusiasm and future hope?

    So going back to my opening admission - and to avoid any burying of the lead - are these look backs and recruit roundups meant to encourage or demoralize?

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