Cartwright made quite an impression in his debut wearing a Red and Blue uniform on Saturday night, setting a Penn freshman record by scoring 18 points -- all of them in the first half -- as the Quakers defeated Davidson, 69-64, at The Palestra.
Cartwright was thrust into action early in the first half, after junior guard Zack Rosen got into foul trouble. Of particular note, Cartwright hit a layup that gave Penn a 21-20 lead, and later he had a personal nine-point run during which time Penn's lead expanded from 26-22 to 35-25.
The last Penn player to score at least 18 points in his debut was Matt Maloney, who opened his Penn career with 22 points against Virginia on Nov. Dec. 1, 1992 as a sophomore after transferring from Vanderbilt.
The last time a freshman led Penn in scoring in a season opener was Nov. 11, 1999, when Ugonna Onyekwe scored 14 points in the Quakers' 67-50 loss at Kentucky (he tied for team-high honors with Matt Langel).