By Annie Ross

Justin Sears matched his career-high with 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Yale bounced back from its first Ivy League loss with a 79-58 win over Penn last night at the Palestra.

Sears hit 12 of 17 from the field and 7 of 10 from the line. Five of his rebounds were on the offensive end.

Brandon Sherrod added 15 points for the Bulldogs (18-6, 9-1), who lost to Columbia Friday night but remain a half-game in front of Princeton. Both teams still have a game to play against second-place Columbia (8-2)

Matt Howard had 16 points and Darien Nelson-Henry had 15 for Penn (10-13, 4-5), which trailed 37-32 at the half.

Yale made just 1 of 6 3-pointers but shot 54 percent (29 of 54) while Penn shot 38 percent (20 of 53), including 3 of 18 behind the arc.

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