Turn Back the Clock: Feb. 21

Feb. 21, 2003

Exactly 10 years ago today, the Penn men’s basketball team was riding high, entering their road matchup against Harvard with an undefeated Ivy record.

After beating the Crimson 75-59 earlier in 2003, the Quakers made history by tying a school record with 16 three-pointers en route to a 82-66 victory. The feat had previously been achieved against Drexel on Jan. 28, 2001.

Leading the way for Penn was junior guard Jeff Schiffner, who scored a team-high 21 points thanks to seven three-pointers.

The barrage of treys masked a poor performance inside the paint for the Red and Blue, who only converted eight of 19 field goal attempts.

But Harvard couldn’t make up for the loss of senior guard Patrick Harvey — a first-team All-Ivy selection the previous season — who lost his academic eligibility earlier that year.
The Crimson kept the Quakers close for most of the game though, thanks to point guard Elliot Prasse-Freeman’s 13-point, 10-assist effort.

Penn quickly jumped out to an 18-7 lead but allowed Harvard to come back within one when Prasse-Freeman’s three made the score 23-22.
The Red and Blue then answered with a 7-0 run, and the Crimson would never get back within six.

Despite entering the second half with a 44-36 lead, the Quakers did not pull Harvard away until a 10-2 run put them up, 71-56, with less than eight minutes remaining.
Senior forward Koko Archibong — who later played in the  Olympic Games on the Nigerian basketball team — then essentially decided the game when he sank in one of Penn’s 16 treys with less than five minutes remaining.

Archibong led the team with seven rebounds and was second with 14 points.
The Quakers finished the season atop the Ancient Eight with an unblemished 14-0 record. They went on to lose to Oklahoma State, 77-63, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Mar. 21 in Boston.

One thought on “Turn Back the Clock: Feb. 21

  1. The quality of players on the team these days pales in comparison to the likes of Archibong.

    Same can be said about the quality of the coaching.

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