BETHLEHEM, PA. — BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Princeton coach Pete Carril called it the happiest day of his life. Princeton players wept, both in joy and sadness. For the Tigers had just won the Ivy League championship in a playoff game and then heard their contented coach announce his retirement.
L Carril's announcement added a flourish to a dramatic night.
Pennsylvania and Princeton , winners of 32 of the previous 36 Ivy League titles, hadn't been able to divvy up this year's prize in a regulation season. Nor had they been able to do it in a regulation playoff game. Their winner-take-all game spilt into overtime last night before Princeton (21-6) finally won the game, 63-56, and the NCAA tournament bid that went with it.
The Tigers won when Sydney Johnson hit a three-pointer with 1: 04 to go, then added insurance by hitting a pair of foul shots with 24 seconds on the clock, accounting for five of Princeton's last nine points.
Sydney Johnson made a three-pointer with 1: 03 left in overtime of the one-game playoff. Johnson's shot broke a 54-54 tie; he later sealed the win with a pair of free throws with 24 seconds left in overtime for Princeton.
Gabe Lewullis led Princeton with 15 points. Ira Bowman scored 21 to lead Penn (17-10).
Pub Date: 3/10/96