Men's Basketball Edges Brown, 66-64
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Miles Cartwright was fouled with 0.7 seconds left, and given three foul shots. He made two, purposely missed the third, and Brown did not have enough time to get off a shot as the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball edged the Bears, 66-64, Friday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The points were an appropriate cap on this night. Cartwright was dominant in the first half, scoring 17 points; he then went scoreless for much of the second half, not even looking for his shot. When the chips were down, though -- Penn was losing, 64-58, with less than two minutes remaining -- the junior again lit up. He scored the game's final eight points.
First up, he was fouled as he took a three-point shot and hit all three foul shots. Brown then committed a shot clock violation with 1:06 to play, and Cartwright took advantage with a trey (his fourth of the night) that tied the game with 42 seconds left.
Sean McGonagill missed a layup at the other end, again with the shot clock near zero, and again Brown was put in a desperate situation as the shot missed the rim and rebounded out of bounds to the Bears. Off the inbounds, Matt Sullivan fired a three-pointer that was off the mark, and Jamal Lewis grabbed the board in stride and took off down the floor. He was fouled just over midcourt by McGonagill with 2.0 seconds left, not surprising given that Brown had fouls to give before the bonus.
Penn took a timeout, and tried to inbound from the right side but it was deflected out of bounds, leaving 1.1 on the clock. From almost the same spot, Camryn Crocker found Cartwright out top, and he immediately turned to put up a shot. At the same time, Stephen Albrecht wrapped his arms around Cartwright in an another attempt to foul.
The foul was called, but the refs ruled that Cartwright was in the act of shooting. Was it the right call? Probably. Was it a gutsy call? Absolutely.
After a brief break to determine the time on the clock at the whistle, Cartwright calmly nailed his first two shots. He then rammed the third off the backboard and rim, and the ball fell to Cedric Kuakumensah. He hurled a pass to McGonagill, but the clock expired before the guard could fire his desperation heave.
Cartwright was simply superb in the final minutes of the first half; he had 15 of Penn's final 17 points in the period, and had 17 at the break while no other Penn player had more than three. Penn turned a 15-9 deficit into a 31-23 lead, and it was a five-point advantage (33-28) at the break.
Penn still led by eight, 46-38, with 14 minutes left after Patrick Lucas-Perry fed Cameron Gunter for a massive dunk. On the ensuing possession, Henry Brooks stole a pass in the Brown backcourt and took off for a wide-open layup to put Penn up by double digits.
He went for the dunk. He missed it. Momentum swing? You bet. Less than two minutes later, Brown was up, 51-48, thanks to an Albrecht trey.
Lucas-Perry -- who was massive in the second half (13 of his 15 points, all of his three assists) -- tied it back up with a three of his own, but Albrecht sandwiched a three-pointer and a two-pointer around a Rafael Maia foul shot, and Brown went back up, 57-51.
Lewis got two of them back with a steal and layup, but another Brown three -- this one by Sullivan -- pushed the Bears' advantage to seven, at 60-53. Lucas-Perry hit another trifecta, and then after both teams had empty possessions he found Darien Nelson-Henry open under the basket for the emphatic slam that made the score 60-58.
McGonagill hit a foul shot with 2:45 left, then after Tony Hicks missed a layup Sullivan drained another three-pointer with 1:57 to play. As it turned out, those were Brown's final points; the stage was set for Cartwright's heroics.
Penn is back in action tomorrow night, playing Yale at the John J. Lee Amphitheater in New Haven, Conn. Tip time is 7 p.m. The Bulldogs are coming off a 69-66 win over Princeton Friday night, and can clinch third place in the Ivy standings with a win Saturday. If Penn wins, the Quakers will clinch at least a tie for third place no matter what happens in their season finale Tuesday with Princeton.
Game Notes: Penn earned a season sweep of Brown for the second year in a row ... Penn improved to 4-10 on the road this season ... For the first time in five games, Penn had more bench points (23) than its opponent (13) ... For the first time this season, Penn won a game when it shot a worse percentage from the field than its opponent (previously 0-15 in such games) ... It was also Penn's first win this season when its opponent scored in the 60s (previously 0-7 in such games) ... Brown set an opponent high in the Jerome Allen coaching era with 26 turnovers ... Penn had 10 steals for the second straight game; the Quakers also had double-figure steal totals in the first two games this season, but none until these last two games ... Junior Miles Cartwright scored a game-high 25 points, giving him 53 in two games against Brown this season ... It was Cartwright's seventh 20-point game this season (13th career) and his 18th double-figure scoring game this season (51st career) ... Cartwright scored the game's final eight points, and also had a stretch in the first half where he scored 15 of Penn's 17 points ... Cartwright was 4-of-4 on three-pointers, the second time in three games a Penn player has done that (also Dau Jok vs. Dartmouth on March 1) ... Sophomore Patrick Lucas-Perry tied a season/career high with 15 points, his fourth double-figure scoring game this season ... Lucas-Perry also set a career best with three assists ... Sophomore Henry Brooks led Penn with five rebounds, becoming the ninth different player to lead the Quakers in boards in a game ... Junior Cameron Gunter set a season/career high with 18 minutes played, scoring four points and grabbing a board.