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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team put the clamps on Brown on Saturday night, limiting the Bears (8-12, 2-4 Ivy) to 29.8 percent shooting from the field in a 71-48 win at The Palestra. Miles Cartwright led Penn (5-17, 2-3 Ivy) with a career-high 28 points and tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds. He was joined in double figures by Tony Hicks, who had 15.
The night started slowly for the Quakers, who didn't score until three minutes had elapsed. A Cartwright three got Penn on the board and cut Brown's early lead to 4-3. Though both teams had their struggles on the offensive end in the first half, it seemed that the Bears were able to score on each possession following a Quaker basket. Penn was finally able to string together a four-point swing after two free throws from Dau Jok and an easy look in the paint for Greg Louis off a nice assist from Camryn Crocker to tie the game at 20-20.
Brown was still out in front, 25-23, with less than two minutes until the break when Cartwright was able to turn the tide in Penn's favor. After Cameron Gunter swooped in and pulled down a defensive rebound, the Quakers called timeout to set up some offense for late in the half. Moments later, Cartwright tied the game, beating three Brown defenders to the rim to make it 25-25. After the Bears used their first timeout of the game, Cartwright intercepted the ensuing inbounds pass and went coast-to-coast while being fouled, hitting the free throw to stake the Red and Blue to a 28-25 lead at the break.
Penn's lead was down to two points twice in the early going of the second half until Cartwright provided 3-point bookends to a pair of free throws from Hicks to give the Quakers their first double-digit lead of the contest, 40-30. After a timeout, Brown came back with a 6-0 run to cut the lead down to four, but that proved to be as close as the visitors would get on the evening. Three-pointers from Lucas-Perry and Jok were part of a 9-0 run that put Penn out in front, 49-36, with less than 11 minutes remaining.
Sean McGonagill ended a brief 7-0 run from Penn by going high off the glass, cutting the Quakers' lead to 56-40 with 8:18 to play. However that turned out to be Brown's final made field goal for nearly seven full minutes. By that time, Penn led 65-48 with just 90 seconds remaining. Six straight free throws down the stretch from Cartwright and Hicks provided the final margin.
Cartwright's 28-point night was his sixth 20-point game of the season. He added a game-high five assists on the night. Jok and Lucas-Perry each scored eight, while Jok was a force down low with six rebounds. Gunter tied career highs in the game with three rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Matt Sullivan spearheaded the Brown attack with 15 points and five boards. Cedric Kuakumensah tied a Brown single-game record with seven blocks. As a team, the Bears went just 2-of-18 (.111) from beyond the arc while the Quakers knocked down 9-of-15 (.600) from deep.
Penn begins a four-game road swing next weekend, traveling to face Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday. Each tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Game Notes: Penn improved to 102-21 all-time against Brown, and split this Yale/Brown home weekend for the 16th time (the Quakers have never been swept at home by these opponents on the same weekend) ... Penn has won five in a row and seven of the last eight against the Bears ... It was Penn's largest win over Brown since Jan. 29, 2005 (83-60 at The Palestra) ... The 23-point margin of victory was Penn's largest since Feb. 4, 2011 (78-47 over Dartmouth) ... Penn improved to 6-0 in the Jerome Allen coaching era when holding an opponent below 50 points, and 22-5 when holding its opponent below 60 ... Penn had fewer turnovers (13) than Brown (14), the fifth time in six games the Quakers matched or had fewer turnovers than its opponent ... Penn had more assists (14) than turnovers (13) for the fourth time in six games, after doing it just twice in the first 16 contests ... Brown shot 29.8 percent from the field, the third time in four games that Penn's opponent have shot below 34 percent ... For the weekend, Yale and Brown shot a combined 31.9 percent from the floor (36 of 113) ... Eight different opponents this season have shot below 40 percent from the field against Penn ... Penn has led at the half in each of the last five games and six of the last seven, after doing so just three times in the first 15 contests ... Penn had 44 rebounds, a program high in the Allen coaching era ... Penn's +9 rebound margin was its second-largest this season, behind only the +17 the Quakers had at NJIT ... Junior Miles Cartwright scored 28 points, a career high ... It was Cartwright's sixth game with 20 or more points this season, and 12th at Penn ... Cartwright scored Penn's last five points of the first half, then exploded for 18 points in the second period ... Cartwright led Penn in scoring in a game for the eighth time this season ... Cartwright tied a career high with five three-pointers and went 5-of-6 on three-point shots Saturday night, tying the best percentage in a game from beyond the arc in the Allen era ... Cartwright went 5-of-5 from the foul line; he has hit 26 straight free throws over the last five games ... Cartwright also led Penn with seven rebounds, his second time leading the team in that category in a game this season ... Cartwright also had five assists, his sixth game this year with five or more assists ... Freshman Tony Hicks scored 15 points, his third straight double-figure scoring game (12.0 ppg) ... Of his 15 points, 12 came in the second half ... Sophomore Patrick Lucas-Perry had eight points, giving him 47 in the last five games (9.4 ppg) ... Junior Dau Jok also scored eight points, giving him 24 in the last three games ... Sophomore Camryn Crocker had three assists and one turnover; in the last 10 games his assist/turnover ratio is 2.92 (35/12) ... Junior Cameron Gunter tied career highs with three rebounds and two blocked shots.