Penn Class of 1993 Remembers Penn vs. Princeton Basketball

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

During our time at Penn, Penn vs. Princeton basketball games were not to be missed. No matter how good (or not) the Penn and Princeton teams were, the games we played against each other were always nail-biters, exciting and exhilarating. We were blessed to see the start of a fabulous Penn run of Ivy titles when the team clinched the Ivy League title our senior year (our Ivy Stone is on the outside of the Palestra for a reason).

The Class of 1993's Ivy Stone on the front wall of the Palestra at the University of Pennsylvania

The Class of 1993’s Ivy Stone on the front wall of the Palestra.

When Penn played Princeton at the Palestra on January 6th this year (winning  76 – 70 – click for story here), we asked classmates to share their memories of Penn vs. Princeton basketball back in the day. Here is what they shared.

NOTE: Penn plays Princeton at 6pm tonight at Jadwin Gym. If you’re not at the game you can watch on ESPNU! Go Quakers! Beat Princeton!

Eli Faskha, ENG’93, W’93

Eli shared a Penn basketball stub and program from our win over Princeton 64 – 46 at the Palestra on January 30, 1993.

Penn vs. Princeton Basketball stub from Jan. 30, 1993 games at the Palestra

Penn vs. Princeton Basketball stub from Jan. 30, 1993 games at the Palestra courtesy of Eli Faskha, Eng’93, W’93

Stephen Jung, C’93

There was always a fun energy at the Palestra. Since it wasn’t a shallow bowl, even the upper level felt close to the action. One of my best memories was the Penn-Princeton game our freshmen year. Penn’s down 49-50 with 2 seconds on the clock. Paul Chambers is on the line for a one-and-one (I though it was Vince Curran until I saw video online). Chambers misses the free throw, but Hassan Duncombe swoops in for the offensive rebound and put-back. Penn 51-Princeton 50. The place went nuts. I remember throwing streamers from the stands after the first Penn basket of the game. Then there was Ivy Day, when we planted ours in the courtyard. I worked at a Med School lab for 2 years after graduation, so I caught some games then. I even saw a Penn-Princeton game at Jadwin. It wasn’t the Palestra.

Read the post from last year Happy 90th Birthday to the Palestra which includes photos of basketball programs that Stephen shared.

Stephen also shared photos from the Penn vs. Yale game on March 5, 1993 (the start of our Spring Break). Penn beat Yale 71 – 49 and clinched the Ivy League title for 1992 – 1993.

Kiera Reilly, C’93

Unfortunately for me, I didn’t go to basketball games my freshman year, so I missed the Chambers, Curran, Duncombe era. But our junior and senior years were pretty special. I think it was our junior year that we went to the Penn-Princeton game after a club board meeting – all of us didn’t have tickets and somehow we snuck in and were up in the corner. And it was craziness and so much fun.

Joel Yarbrough, W’93

64 – 46

Wendy Spander, C’93

Matt Maloney & Jerome Allen and playing in NCAA tourney!!

Patrick Matthews, C’93, W’93

February 1990, Penn 51 Princeton 50. Hassan Duncombe!

Brian Newberry, C’93

What a lousy place to see a game Jadwin Gym was…

Kathleen Paralusz, C’93

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Penn, Princeton and Pete (Carrill).

I can’t remember what year it was but I remember Penn students unrolling those two long banners right behind the bench during that game.

James Saint, C’93

Great memories, one of which was standing in front of a much older alumnus. I’m thinking he was probably at least 60. He kept bugging me to sit down, I was blocking his view. He was the ONLY ONE SITTING DOWN. Finally he started yelling at me. So I sat down. After a few seconds when nobody else in front of him sat down, I turned to him and said, “Well that worked didn’t it?” And stood back up. He left. Maybe he was a Princeton alumnus. Who knows.

Second best: late 1991-1992 season just before the Quakers busted out, Barry Pierce missed a three pointer at the buzzer that would have beat Princeton, from the right corner. It just felt good to put a scare into the Princeton fans in the Palestra. It also felt hopeful for the future.

Ari David Sherwood, Eng’93

Tim Krug’s dunk down the lane against Princeton in the ’92-’93 undefeated season putting an exclamation point on the 64-46 win at the Palestra.

Kiera Reilly, C’93


David Foster, Eng’93

There is no beating this moment: Maloney 3 to put us up by 10, and immediate Princeton time out. This is the moment we knew this season was going to be something special:

Ari David Sherwood, Eng’93

That block by Krug was epic, and Maloney was a stone cold assassin. What a fun team that was. And that video really shows how great the crowds were back then. We need to see those kinds of crowds again at the Palestra. I think Donahue is slowly getting us back there. Go Quakers!

Let’s Go Quakers!

Beat Princeton!

Fight On Penn!

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of February 2 – 3, 2018, marked 14 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button! We’re a bit out of order – our last post noted 23 weeks until our reunion with Photos from Yesterday.

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us!
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
  • Donate to The Penn Fund in honor of our reunion! We want to break the 25th reunion participation giving record and every gift matters!

Book Your Hotel Room for Alumni Weekend NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion #93tothe25th


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