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PHILADELPHIA - In a contest with a combined 54 fouls, Yale won the battle from the free throw line and ultimately walked away with a 68-59 win over the University of Pennsylvania's men's basketball team on Friday night at The Palestra. Henry Brooks was Penn's top scorer on the night with 12 points and Tony Hicks chipped in with 11 more, but each player fouled out before the night was over.
Things started brightly for Penn (4-17, 1-3 Ivy) as Brooks hit a hook shot and a jumper for a 4-0 lead while holding Yale scoreless for nearly the first three minutes of the game. The Bulldogs eventually got on track and reeled off nine straight - all from Armani Cotton - to take the 9-4 edge before Miles Cartwright could make a layup to end the run.
After a second foul was whistled on Hicks, Patrick Lucas-Perry came into the game and promptly nailed a pair of jumpers to allow Penn to retake the lead, 14-13. Things would swing back and forth for a few minutes until Dau Jok connected on three consecutive 3-pointers in less than three minutes of game action to stake the Quakers to a 25-20 advantage. The lead would grow to as many as six in the final moments of the half and Penn went into the locker room up three, 32-29.
Both teams tightened the screws defensively in the second half, but along with that defensive emphasis was a major uptick in the number of fouls called. After a two minute scoring drought for both teams, Hicks -held scoreless in the first half - drove in and scored to put Penn up, 36-33, at the 16-minute mark.
Yale rallied back to lead thanks to a pair of jumpers from Sam Martin and an unrelenting press, but Brooks scored his final bucket of the evening and Hicks came back the next time down the floor, spinning on a dime to beat the Bulldog defense to the rim to knot things up at 44-44 with 10 minutes to go. After an offensive foul moments later on Javier Duren, Yale used a timeout to slow the Quaker momentum.
Whatever message was delivered in that huddle certainly seemed to have the desired effect. Yale came out with a 10-0 run over four minutes, taking its largest lead of the contest with 6:38 to play. It would be nearly another minute off the clock before Hicks could end the drought.
Suddenly, it was Penn who could do no wrong. A missed three-pointer on the Yale end led to a run-out dunk from Hicks to slice the deficit to six, 54-48. Two made free throws from Lucas-Perry and a corner three from Hicks put a cap on the Quaker run, but the whistle blew as Hicks' three fell through the net. Though the basket counted, a loose-ball foul on Penn meant Yale would come out of the final media timeout shooting a pair at the line on the other end.
Matt Townsend connected on both freebies and scored the next time down the floor as well. Suddenly down five with the clock rolling under three minutes, Penn's guards began to attack the basket. On consecutive trips, the first shot hit glass and fell off the rim, but Greg Louis was there on each occasion to gather the rebound and score while being fouled. With a chance to eat into Yale's lead even more, both foul shots were strong off the back rim, leaving the Quakers in a two-point hole with a minute-and-a-half remaining.
The dagger came from Austin Morgan. Yale's leading scorer had been held to just six points up to that point, but he confidently stepped into a 3-pointer from the left wing and knocked it down with just over a minute left to put Yale up, 62-57. Hicks missed a shot on the next trip down the floor and the Bulldogs began a parade to the charity stripe from there, hitting their final six to ice the game.
Yale ended the night shooting 24-31 from the free throw line, including 15-21 in the second half alone. The Bulldogs had a 45-34 edge over Penn on the glass, including 21 offensive boards which led to a 19-7 advantage in second chance points.
Jok was Penn's third double-figure scorer on the night, ending with 10 points. Lucas-Perry ended with nine points and six boards while Louis added four points and eight rebounds.
Penn is back in action tomorrow night, hosting Brown (8-11, 2-3 Ivy) at The Palestra beginning at 7 p.m.
Notes: Penn had as many turnovers (17) as Yale (17), the fourth time in five games the Quakers matched or had fewer turnovers than its opponent ... Penn had six blocked shots, giving the Quakers 18 in the last three games ... Penn tied a season low with three steals ... Sophomore Henry Brooks led Penn with 12 points, his third double-figure scoring game this season ... Brooks led Penn in scoring in the game, becoming the eighth different player to lead the Quakers in scoring in a game this season ... Freshman Tony Hicks had 11 points, his second-straight double-figure scoring game and eighth this season (all of his points were scored after halftime) ... Junior Dau Jok scored 10 points, his second double-figure scoring game at Penn ... Jok went 3-of-5 on three-pointers; he is 5-of-7 beyond the arc in Penn's last two games ... Junior Miles Cartwright went 4-of-4 from the foul line; he has hit 21 straight free throws over the last four games ... Sophomore Greg Louis led Penn with eight rebounds, his best total in a game since he grabbed 11 at Delaware on Dec. 21 ... Sophomore Patrick Lucas-Perry had nine points, giving him 38 in the last four games (9.5 ppg) ... Lucas-Perry also set a season/career high with six rebounds.