Men's Basketball Bounces Marist, 84-71

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PHILADELPHIA -The Penn men's basketball team used a 21-2 run bridging the two halves, and that was enough as the Quakers defeated Marist, 84-71, Friday night at The Palestra.

Senior Tyler Bernardini had another stupendous offensive game Friday night, scoring a career-high 30 points and hitting eight three-pointers for the second game in a row. Bernardini has now gone 16-of-23 from beyond the arc in the last two games and scored 59 points.

Zack Rosen was his usual solid self, scoring 13 points and dishing off 12 assists which was one shy of the program's single-game mark. He now has 493 assists for his career, and needs just 13 to become the program's all-time leader ahead of his current head coach, Jerome Allen. In addition to Bernardini and Rosen, Penn's other three starters also reached double digits in the scoring column Friday as Henry Brooks scored a career-high 13, Rob Belcore had 11, and Miles Cartwright added 10.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair marked by scoring runs by both sides. Penn started things by scoring the game's first seven points, before Marist went on a 9-1 run to take its first lead of the night. The game remained fairly even for several minutes after that, before the Red Foxes used a 7-2 burst to take a 34-27 lead with just over four minutes left before the break.

Penn scored the next nine points after that, however, as Bernardini sandwiched a pair of treys -- his third and fourth of the half -- around a jumper and a free throw by Cartwright. Devin Price tied the score at 36-36 inside a minute with a pair of free throws, but Cartwright answered with his own foul shots to put the Quakers up by two at the break.

Penn then scored the first ten points of the second half as each of the starters scored two points each. When Bernardini hit a pair of free throws with just over 16 minutes left the Red and Blue's lead was 48-36, before Price finally broke the second-half skid for Marist with a pair of free throws out of the first media timeout.

While the scoring drought was broken, Penn's run was not. The Quakers scored 12 of the next 14 points, punctuating the run with a pair of Bernardini three-pointers that pushed Penn's lead to a season-high 19 points at 60-41. At that point, the Red and Blue's run was at a staggering 33-7.

Marist never seriously threatened after that. The Red Foxes got within 12 on a few occasions, the last at 74-62, but Penn responded with a 10-1 run that pushed its lead to 21 (84-63) late in the contest.

Devin Price scored 15 points to lead Marist, while Isaiah Morton had 11 and R.J. Hall scored 10.

Penn returns to action twice next week, traveling to North Carolina to face Davidson on Thursday and Duke on Sunday.

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Penn-Marist Game Notes: Penn improved to 6-6, the first time the Quakers have been .500 at this point in a season since 2006-07 (also 6-6 after 12 games) ... Penn set season highs in points (84), first-half points (38), second-half points (46), field goals made (29), field-goal percentage (.547), and assists (22) ... The Quakers also tied a season high by shooting 50 percent on three-point shots (11-22) ... The last time Penn scored at least 84 points in a game was Nov. 21, 2009 in a 97-94 double-overtime loss to Delaware ... The last time the Quakers scored 84 or more in regulation was Jan. 5, 2009 in an 84-70 win over Lafayette ... Penn's 22 assists were a high in the Jerome Allen coaching era ... For the second time this season, Penn placed five different players in double figures in scoring (also Nov. 29 vs. Manhattan) ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini scored 30 points, a career high and the most by a Penn player in almost exactly a year (Zack Rosen scored 30 on Dec. 22, 2010 at Delaware) ... It marked the third 30-point game by a Penn player in the Allen coaching era ... Bernardini also hit eight three-point baskets for the second straight game, the first time a Penn player has had back-to-back games with eight or more treys ... In the last two games Bernardini is 20-of-31 (.645) from the field including 16-of-23 (.696) beyond the arc ... Bernardini has scored 59 points in Penn's last two games, has five straight double-figure scoring games (20.0 ppg), and has hit double digits in 10 of 12 contests this season ... Rosen had 13 points and a season-high 12 assists, one shy of the school's single-game record shared by him with Tim Begley and Dave Wohl ... Rosen has four double-figure assist games this season and three double-doubles that have come via the point-assist route ... For his career, Rosen has five double-doubles, all via points-assists ... In the last three games Rosen has 30 assists and five turnovers ... Rosen also went 4-of-4 at the foul line; he has hit 18 straight freebies and is 43-of-44 from the charity stripe in Penn's last eight contests, his only miss coming in the final minute of Penn's loss at Villanova on Dec. 3 ... Freshman center Henry Brooks scored a career-high 13 points, his second double-figure scoring game at Penn ... Senior forward Rob Belcore scored 11 points, his third straight double-figure scoring game and the fourth in Penn's last five contests (Prior to this run, Belcore's last double-figure game came during the 2009-10 season.) ... Sophomore guard Miles Cartwright scored 10 points, his third time reaching double digits in four games and his fifth such game this season ... Sophomore guard Steve Rennard set a career best with two assists ... Freshman Keelan Cairns made his collegiate debut ... CAREER STATS: Rosen now has 1,363 career points which puts him 12th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Bobby Morse is 11th, with 1,381 points from 1970-72.) ... Bernardini has 1,267 career points which puts him 16th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Joe Sturgis is 15th, with 1,292 points from 1954-56.) ... Rosen has 78 assists this season, giving him 493 for his career which is second all-time at Penn behind only his current head coach, Allen (505) ... Rosen has played 3,402 career minutes which is sixth all-time. (Ibrahim Jaaber is fifth, with 3,569 minutes.) ... Rosen has 183 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.) ... Bernardini, meanwhile, has 173 treys which is ninth all-time. (Michael Jordan is eighth, with 176.) ... Rosen has made 366 career foul shots which is eighth all-time. (Herb Lyon is seventh, with 370 made foul shots.)

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