PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team got hot shooting throughout Friday night's game with Dartmouth, and rolled to a 78-47 victory over the Big Green at The Palestra.
The win was Penn's fourth in a row, its longest streak since the end of the 2006-07 regular season. The Quakers are 9-8 overall and remain as one of just two unbeaten teams in the Ivy League at 3-0. It was also Penn's biggest win in an Ivy League game since an 87-55 victory over Columbia on January 14, 2006
On the horizon? Harvard comes into The Palestra Saturday night coming off a four-point loss at Princeton, which dropped the Crimson to 4-1 in the league. On Tuesday, Penn is at Princeton, which shares a 3-0 mark in conference play after its win tonight.
Tyler Bernardini struggled all week with flu-like symptoms, but it certainly did not stop him on Friday night. The senior went a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and drained seven of his 10 shots overall en route to a game-high 21 points. He also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Jack Eggleston had his second straight double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Miles Cartwright finished with 13 points. Zack Rosen was held to a season low with just four points, but had eight assists and grabbed three steals. Perhaps most importantly on this night, no player on the roster played more than 28 minutes.
As a team, Penn was simply red-hot from the field -- the Quakers finished the game 27-of-43 overall (62.8 percent), and drained 10 of 16 treys (62.5 percent). Penn was also 14-of-16 at the foul line and outrebounded Dartmouth, 34-18.
The game could not have gone any better for Penn as it enters this critical five-games-in-eight-days stretch. The Quakers were up by nine after less than six minutes and extended it to as much as 19 before going into the break up by 14 (38-24).
The lead was 16 (51-35) when Penn went on its decisive run, an 18-0 streak that covered just more than five minutes. The lead crested at 37 (74-37) as Penn subbed liberally down the stretch.
For Dartmouth -- which fell to 5-14 overall, 1-4 in Ivy play -- Kirk Crecco was the leading scorer with 13 points, while Tyler Melville had 10 off the bench.
Penn and Harvard will tip off at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.
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Postgame Notes: Penn had its largest margin of victory in a game since beating Columbia by 32, 87-55, on January 14, 2006 ... It was the fewest points allowed by Penn in a game since a 59-40 win against NJIT on January 17, 2009, and the fewest in an Ivy League game since beating Princeton, 60-47, on March 11, 2008 ... Penn has put together its first four-game win streak since the end of the 2006-07 regular season, when the Quakers won 10 in a row en route to its most recent Ivy League title ... Penn is 3-0 in Ivy League play for the first time since 2006-07; the last time the Quakers were 4-0 was 2005-06, when they started 7-0 ... Penn shot 62.8 percent from the field (27 of 43), its best shooting performance since Nov. 18, 2006 (36 of 57, 63.2 percent against Florida Gulf Coast) ... Penn matched season highs with 10 three-point baskets and 10 steals ... Dartmouth had just 18 rebounds, the fewest by a Penn opponent in the post-Fran Dunphy era (since 2006-07) ... Penn shot 14 of 16 from the foul line; in the last four games, the Quakers are a combined 67 of 81 (82.7 percent) ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini led Penn with 21 points; it marked the fifth time in the last eight games that he has led the Quakers in scoring ... Bernardini has scored 149 points in Penn's last eight games, an 18.6 average ... Senior forward Jack Eggleston had his second straight double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds; it was his fifth double-double this season and his 11th at Penn ... Freshman guard Miles Cartwright had 13 points, his ninth double-figure scoring game this season and sixth in the last nine games ... Junior guard Zack Rosen was held to a season-low four points, but matched a season high with eight assists; he has had five or more assists in six straight games ... In the 1,000-point watch, Rosen is now at 970 points while Bernardini is at 925. Eggleston is now at 1,113 career points ... Junior forward Rob Belcore had nine points, his best offensive game since he scored a career-high 17 points at Harvard last season ... Belcore also had a season-high three steals ... Senior center Andreas Schreiber, who had missed every game since December 22 due to injury, dressed and ended up playing four minutes ... Every player who dressed for the game played at least two minutes, and no one played more than 28 minutes ... Penn got 18 bench points, the most from the bench since 32 against UMBC on Nov. 30.