PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team used a 12-0 run late in the first half and never looked back, defeating Dartmouth Saturday at The Palestra, 74-65.
The Quakers (7-16, 4-5 Ivy League) placed five players in double figures, the first time that had happened since a win over Marist on Dec. 23, 2011. Tony Hicks led the way with 18 points, while Miles Jackson-Cartwright had 15 points and nine assists (with just one turnover) and Fran Dougherty had 13 points and eight rebounds. Henry Brooks came off the bench and nearly had a double-double with a season-high 11 points and career-best nine rebounds, while Steve Rennard had 11 points on a perfect night shooting (3-3 three-pointers, 2-2 free throws).
Penn was down, 23-21, with eight minutes to play, the Big Green led mostly by Brandon McDonnell who had 11 points at that juncture. However, Hicks hit a jumper, and then Dougherty put back a missed layup by Darien Nelson-Henry to give the Quakers a lead they would not relinquish. That was the catalyst to the 12-point run -- eight of those points scored by Hicks -- and it was 33-23 with four minutes to play.
Dartmouth (9-15, 2-8) rallied, scoring nine straight points to get within a point at 33-32. However, Brooks knocked down a pair of layups, then hit a free throw for the half’s final point. The teams went to the locker room with the Red and Blue up, 38-34.
It was still a four-point game with 14 minutes left when McDonnell hit a jumper, but then Dougherty hit a jumper and then a layup on consecutive possessions that made it 50-42. The lead got to double digits for the first time in the period with 11:05 left on a Rennard trey, and ballooned to as much as 16 with 4:40 left on a pair of Jackson-Cartwright free throws.
McDonnell was Dartmouth’s leading scorer on the night with 18 points, and he also had seven rebounds. Kevin Crescenzi added 10 points. Alex Mitola, who burned the Quakers for 25 points in the first meeting this season (23 in the second half), had just four on Saturday night.
Penn is home again next weekend for two more games. The Quakers will host Brown Friday night at 7:30 p.m., in a game that will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network. On Saturday, Penn hosts Ivy League co-leader Yale at 7 p.m.