HANOVER, N.H. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team lost to Dartmouth on Friday night, 67-58, at the Big Green’s Leede Arena.
Alex Mitola torched the Quakers for 23 second-half points, and the Big Green used a 13-0 run spanning more than five minutes midway through the second half to turn a 45-42 Penn lead into a 10-point Dartmouth advantage. The Red and Blue had no answer after that.
Penn’s biggest lead on the night was seven points at the half, 28-21, but Dartmouth scored 11 of the first 14 points in the second half to jump in front, 32-31. Mitola was the catalyst, draining a trio of three-pointers over a 76-second span.
Steve Rennard, who was the only Penn player to hit a trey on Friday night, answered Mitola’s third trey with one of his own to put the Quakers back in front, 34-32, but clearly it was game on at that point.
Shortly after Rennard’s three, this game completely unraveled. During a deadball situation, Miles Jackson-Cartwright was called for a technical foul, and then just 13 seconds later Tony Hicks was hit with a T after a foul was whistled against Dartmouth. That nullified any advantage the Quakers had with Rennard going to the line. Hicks was later whistled for a flagrant-2 foul near the end of the game was thrown out (it was his fifth foul anyway).
The game stayed even for most of the next four minutes after that, and when Rennard drained his third trey Penn went up, 45-42. After that, John Golden put this game away. He knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game, then followed up a Brandon McDonnell free throw with four more points that pushed the Big Green in front, 50-45. He wasn’t done, hitting another jumper after a Kevin Crescenzi bucket. McDonnell capped the Dartmouth streak with yet another free throw, and with 5:49 left Dartmouth’s lead was 55-45.
Penn got no closer than eight points after that.
Fran Dougherty led the Quakers with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Jackson-Cartwright scored 13 and Rennard finished with 10.
For Dartmouth, Golden complemented Mitola with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Crescenzi scored 13 and had six boards.
Penn is back in action on Saturday night, facing the Ivy’s preseason favorite, Harvard. The Quakers and the Crimson will tip off at 9 p.m. in Cambridge, in a game that will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.