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Princeton Claims Inaugural Ivy League Tournament Championship

Princeton Claims Inaugural Ivy League Tournament Championship

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Princeton’s remarkable undefeated run through the Ivy League gauntlet has landed it back in the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers punched their ticket the Big Dance by beating Yale, 71-59, in the inaugural Ivy League Tournament Championship game on Sunday afternoon at the Palestra. The win is Princeton's 19th in a row, the second-longest active streak in the nation, and it makes the Tigers the first team to, albeit unofficially, go 16-0 in the Ivy. 

Myles Stephens, a day after putting in a career-high 21 points and getting his first career double-double with 10 rebounds in Princeton's comeback win over fourth-seeded and host Penn, led the Tigers with 23 points and earned tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. 

Steven Cook joined him on the all-tournament team after registering 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal. 

Sam Downey led Yale (18-11, 9-5) with 12 points, six rebounds and an assist.

Princeton will make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011, when the 13th-seeded Tigers narrowly lost to eventual Final Four team Kentucky 59-57. The Tigers' opponent and destination will be revealed during the 6 p.m. ET selection show on CBS.

Joining Stephens and Cook on the All-Tournament team was Yale’s Sam Downey, Harvard’s Bryce Aiken and Penn’s Ryan Betley.