Men's Basketball Downs Dartmouth, 78-68

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team celebrated Senior Night in style Saturday night at The Palestra, getting up early on Dartmouth and never looking back to take a 78-68 decision over Dartmouth.

With the win, the Quakers improved to 6-21 overall and 5-8 in the Ivy League. Penn can finish in a tie for fourth place in the Ivy League if they are able to defeat second-place Princeton Tuesday night at the Tigers' Jadwin Gym. That game will tip off at 8 p.m.

Dartmouth ends the 2009-10 season 5-23 overall, 1-13 in Ivy play.

Prior to the game, Penn honored senior players Justin Reilly and Drew Godwin, who were playing their final home games for the Quakers. In addition, the program honored outgoing student manager Chris Gunther. Reilly and Godwin then started; Reilly finished the night with four points in 13 minutes, including a slam dunk that put a cap on the night. Godwin -- a JV callup from midseason -- played 10 minutes Saturday night but was unable to hit either of his shots.

The points came pretty easy in the early going, as the Quakers jumped out to a 10-2 lead before the game was five minutes old. After that, Penn was content to basically match points with Dartmouth the rest of the way -- the Quakers' lead was never more than 13 in the game, but at the same time the Big Green never got closer than six at any point in the second half.

(In one of the more coincidental stats you will find in a game like this, Penn's lead coming out of each TV timeout in the second half was 10 points.)

Jack Eggleston, who had a career-high seven assists Friday night against Harvard, exploded in the scoring column on Saturday. He had 19 points in the first 16 minutes and finished the game with a career-best 25. Eggleston also had 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double this season, as well as four assists and two steals in going the distance for the second straight night.

Zack Rosen had another strong offensive performance, scoring 18 points and dishing off six assists for the second straight game. Dan Monckton had 14 points, and Mike Howlett finished with 10.

For Dartmouth, Ronnie Dixon had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Robby Pride scored 17.

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Penn Game Notes: Penn completed a season sweep of Dartmouth ... This was the first game all season where Penn never trailed or was tied in the game ... One night after shooting 5-of-9 from the foul line (55.6 percent), Penn made its first 13 free throws Saturday night and ended up 22 of 27 (81.5 percent) ... Penn shot 25 of 48 from the field overall, the second straight night the Quakers were over 50 percent ... Penn had 18 assists on its 25 baskets, and committed just 10 turnovers ... Junior Jack Eggleston scored 19 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 25 ... Eggleston led Penn in scoring for the seventh time in a game this season ... Eggleston also had 11 rebounds, giving him his fifth double-double this season and sixth in a Penn uniform ... Eggleston also had four assists; for the weekend, he had 11 (against three turnovers) ... Sophomore Zack Rosen scored 18 points, his 13th straight double-figure scoring game (24 of the last 25) ... Rosen also had six assists for the second straight night; he has had six or moreninetimes this season ... Junior Dan Monckton had his second straight 14-point game; he has hit double figures in four of Penn's last five games (13.0 ppg in that stretch) ... Sophomore Mike Howlett scored 10 points and had five rebounds in 25 minutes of action ... Senior Darren Smith tied a season/career high with three assists ... One night after scoring his first four collegiate points, freshman Sean Mullan added another Saturday night on a free throw ... Seniors Justin Reilly and Drew Godwin started the game; Reilly finished with four points and two rebounds in 13 minutes, while Godwin played 10 minutes and was 0-of-2 from the field.

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