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PHILADELPHIA -A year ago, the Penn men's basketball team went into New Haven to open up the Ivy League portion of its season. The Bulldogs scored the game's first 11 points, and the Quakers never recovered in taking the loss.
On Friday night at The Palestra, it was Penn who got out to the quick start on Yale, again in the Quakers' Ivy opener. And while the Bulldogs fought back and made the game competitive for almost the entire second half, they never led in a game that Penn ultimately won, 66-58.
The win was Penn's second in a row as the Quakers improved to 7-8 overall. Yale fell to 9-8 overall, and 2-1 in league play.
Penn got a balanced scoring attack, and went a stellar 22-of-25 from the foul line in gaining the win. Miles Cartwright embodied the night for the Quakers, leading Penn with 18 points and going 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Zack Rosen scored 16 points, while Jack Eggleston had 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Tyler Bernardini finished with 10 points and seven boards.
The score was tied once, at 2-2. Penn scored the next five points after that to go up 7-2, extended it to 15-4, and crested it at 24-6.
Yale crept back gradually. Penn's 18-point lead was only 11 at the break (35-24), and then the Bulldogs scored the first four points of the second half to cut the lead to just seven. Six minutes into the final stanza, Greg Mangano (20 points) hit a layup, and then Michael Grace followed with two foul shots, and with 13 minutes left it was a four-point game (40-36).
More than a minute went by before Rosen hit two free throws, and then a Rob Belcore steal turned into an Eggleston layup to push the lead back to eight points. Mangano and Porter Braswell (19 points) halved the lead, and then Conor Turley and Mangano traded baskets which made the score 46-42 with seven minutes left.
Cartwright fed Eggleston for Penn's next bucket, then hit a pair of foul shots after a missed trey by Mangano which put Penn up 50-42. A few minutes later, two more Cartwright freebies made the score 54-45, and he capped the run with a three-pointer that answered Mangano's layup. That put Penn's lead back at 10 (57-47) with just under three minutes left.
All of Penn's points came from the foul line after that, and although Yale made things a little nervous in the final minute the Bulldogs could not get closer than five points.
Penn and Brown will conclude the Quakers' first Ivy League weekend on Saturday night, tipping off at 7 p.m. The Bears are 0-3 in Ivy play after losing to Princeton Friday night.
Penn-Yale Notes: Penn won its Ivy League opener for the sixth time in the last seven years ... Penn was 22-of-25 (88.0 percent) from the foul line; in the last two games; the Quakers are a combined 37-of-40 (92.5 percent) at the charity stripe ... Penn made twice as many foul shots (22) as Yale attempted (11) ... Penn had more assists (13) than turnovers (12) for the fourth time in five games ... Penn had more rebounds (33) than its opponent (31) for the third time in four games ... Penn improved to 7-0 this season when making more foul shots than its opponent; 6-0 when shooting a better percentage from the field than its opponent; and 3-0 when putting four players in double figures in scoring ... Freshman Miles Cartwright led Penn with 18 points -- matching his point total in his overall debut back on November 13 -- the fourth time he has led the Quakers in a game this season ... Cartwright has now scored in double figures in four of Penn's last five games (13.0 ppg during that stretch) and eight times overall this season ... Junior Zack Rosen had 16 points, marking the 27th time in the last 29 games (and 38th time in the last 41) he has scored in double figures ... Rosen also had five assists, his fourth straight game with five or more dishes ... Senior Jack Eggleston scored 13 points and had a team-high eight rebounds. This was the 11th straight game (and 13th out of 15 this season) that Eggleston led Penn in rebounding ... Senior Tyler Bernardini struggled from the field, going 1-of-8, but he finished with 10 points thanks to an 8-of-8 performance at the foul line ... Bernardini has scored 111 points in Penn's last six games, an 18.5 ppg average ... Bernardini has now made 15 straight free throws after missing his first attempt at Temple on Jan. 19 ... Bernardini also set a season high with seven rebounds ... Freshman Fran Dougherty played 16 minutes off the bench and finished one rebound shy of his season/career high, with five ... Junior Mike Howlett came into the game in the first half and played three minutes; it was his first game action since Kentucky on January 3.
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