Men's Basketball Checks Cornell, 64-52

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ITHACA, N.Y. -In a game that it led from start to finish, the Penn men's basketball team put the finishing touches on a weekend sweep with a 64-52 win at Cornell Saturday night. The win pushed the Quakers to 2-0 in the Ivy League and 9-9 overall, while Cornell fell to 6-10, 1-1 Ivy.

Rob Belcore hit a three-pointer on Penn's opening possession, the Red and Blue scored the game's first six points, and they never trailed after that. While Penn was unable to fully put away a young but athletic Cornell squad until the very end of the night, the Big Red could never get closer than eight points in the final 30 minutes.

The first half was, quite simply, the Zack Rosen show. The senior guard scoed 13 points, hitting six of his seven shots from the field. He also had three assists and two steals. It was a two-point game, at 9-7, when Rosen scored six of Penn's next seven points and pushed the Quakers out to a 16-9 advantage. Galal Cancer then scored for the Big Red, but Tyler Bernardini hit a three off a Rosen feed, and then Rosen hit another jumper to push the Quakers' lead up to 21-11.

Rosen's performance brought about something that the Quakers haven't seen this year: a box-and-1 defense. The Big Red went to that for the final five minutes of the stanza, taking Rosen out of the game, but Penn was able to extend its lead anyway. A key sequence occurred right at the end of the half, when the Red and Blue held the Big Red to a shot-clock violation, and then in the final 2.6 seconds found Steve Rennard for a three-point shot that he hit to make it 36-25 at the break. The 11-pointlead was Penn's largest at a halftime this season.

In the second half, Bernardini was the person who kept Cornell at bay. He had 12 points and six rebounds in the period, going 5-of-6 from the field in 16 minutes. The Big Red got within eight points early in the stanza, but Bernardini scored the next four points and then Rennard knocked down two free throws to make the score 47-33.

Rosen and Bernardini ended up tying for scoring honors, with 18 points each, while Bernardini collected eight rebounds and Rosen finished with five assists and five steals.

For Cornell, freshman Shonn Miller filled the box score with 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. He was the only Big Red player to score in double figures. Drew Ferry had eight points, while Chris Wroblewski had four points, six assists and four steals.

Penn returns to action next Saturday, hosting Saint Joseph's in its final Philadelphia Big 5 and non-conference game of the 2011-12 season. The Quakers and Hawks will tip off at 7 p.m. at The Palestra.

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Penn-Cornell Game Notes: Penn is 2-0 in Ivy League play for the second year in a row, but 2-0 after winning a pair of road games for the first time since2006-07 ... Penn swept the New York road trip for the 22nd time in 53 attempts, but the first time since the 2006-07 season ... This was also the Quakers' first win at Cornell since the 2006-07 campaign ... This was the first game Penn led from start to finish this season ... Penn held Cornell to 52 points, the low by an Ivy opponent since the Red and Blue held Dartmouth to 47 last season (Feb. 4) ... Penn tied a season high by shooting 50 percent on three-point shots (10 of 20) ... Penn improved to 5-1 when leading at halftime ... Cornell shot 37.5 percent from the field, the 12th opponent in 18 games to be held below 45 percent by the Quakers (last year, Penn held just 14 of 28 teams below that mark.) ... Penn has held seven opponents to 40-percent shooting or worse this season; that happened just six times all of last season... Senior guard Zack Rosen tied for team-high honors with 18 points, the 12th time in 18 games he has led or tied for the team lead in that category ... Rosen has scored in double figures a team-high 16 times this season ... Rosen also had five steals, tied for a Penn player high in the Jerome Allen coaching era and matching his career high set twice before (most recently Feb. 19, 2010 vs. Brown) ... Rosen made his 100th career start at Penn ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini tied Rosen for scoring honors in the game, his fourth straight game reaching double figures and 15th this season ... Bernardini also led Penn with eight rebounds, his eighth time this season leading the Quakers in that category ... His eight boards were one shy of a season high ... Sophomore center Fran Dougherty tied a season/career best with three blocked shots ... Sophomore guard Steve Rennard finished with five points, set a season high with two rebounds, and matched a season/career best with 25 minutes.

Record Book Watch: Senior guard Zack Rosen had five assists in the game, giving him 525 for his career which is the program's all-time record ... Rosen has 1,453 career points which puts him ninth on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Current Head Coach Jerome Allen is eighth, with 1,488 points from 1992-95.) ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,353 career points which puts him 14th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Herb Lyon is 13th with 1,356 points from 1946-50, while Bob Morse is 12th with 1,381 points from 1970-72.) ... Rosen has played 3,625 career minutes which is fourth all-time. (Tim Begley is third, with 3,682 minutes.) ... Rosen has 193 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time, while Bernardini is seventh all-time with 183 treys. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.) ... Rosen has made 376 career foul shots which is seventh all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.) ... Rosen has started 100 games in his career, tied with Jerome Allen for sixth place all-time. (Geoff Owens and Michael Jordan are tied with 101 starts from 1997-2001.) ... Bernardini has made 95 career starts which is ninth all-time. (Koko Archibong is eighth, with 99 starts from 2000-03.)

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