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PHILADELPHIA - One of the men's basketball team's biggest problems through much of the Ivy League portion of this season has been slow starts. Friday night against Brown, it wasn't a slow startthat necessarily did in the Quakers,but it was a first-half Bears run that proved to be too much in a game that ended with Brown winning at The Palestra, 80-73.
Penn was up, in fact, 20-17, just before the midway point of the first half, but after that the Bears went on a 24-5 run the rest of the stanza. That made the score 41-25 at the break, and while Penn made a few threats down the stretch -- cutting the deficit to four on three separate occasions in the final two minutes-- the Quakers never got completely over the hump in falling to 3-5 in Ivy play (4-18 overall).
The loss offset a superb performance by sophomore Zack Rosen, who had 29 points -- including five three-pointers -- and dished out a career-high 10 assists while also collecting five steals in 40 minutes. He was helped by teammate Jack Eggleston (16 points,nine rebounds), but the duo could not offset a balanced Brown attack that put four players in double figures.
Penn and Brown (9-17, 3-6 Ivy) essentially traded points through the first 10 minutes, but when Peter Sullivan drained a three-pointer just at the midway point it set the Bears off on a 13-point run. Sullivan had five more points in the streak, while Garrett Leffelman added a trey and Tucker Halpern drained a jumper.
Penn got three back on a Rob Belcore trey, but Brown scored seven in a row, and then a Mike Howlett layup was answered by a pair of Matt Mullery layups to make the score 41-25 at the half.
It took nearly seven minutes for Penn to get within single digits of the Bears, but a seven-point run turned a 51-37 game into a 51-44 contest. Unfortunately, just as the crowd was trying to get into it, Brown scored nine of the next 11 points to push its lead back up to 60-46. That eventually crested at 66-50.
Penn again chipped away, using a press to force turnovers and bad shots, and when Eggleston knocked down a three-pointer with 1:05 left the score was 73-69 and you felt like maybe, just maybe, this could happen. Leffelman then missed a layup, and Penn came down with a chance to draw even closer. Unfortunately, Drew Godwin's three-point effort was off the mark, Matt Sullivan grabbed the rebound for Brown, and he started a foul parade that saw the Bears hit five of six freebies down the stretch to clinch the win.
Mullery ended the night with a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Peter Sullivan and Leffelman added 18 apiece -- Leffelman also had five assists -- and Halpern scored 11 off the bench.
Penn is back in action Saturday night, hosting Yale in the fifth and final game of this homestand.
Penn Game Notes: The loss snapped a three-game win streak Penn had in the series with Brown ... Since defeating then-No. 22 Cornell last Friday, Penn has lost in succession at home to Lions (Columbia) and Tigers (Princeton) and Bears (Brown). Oh my! ... Penn had 19 assists on its 27 baskets; the assist total was the best since the Quakers had 25 at Monmouth on Dec. 12 ... Penn had a season-best 2.11 assist/turnover ratio Friday night (19 assists/9 turnovers). In the last four games the Quakers' ratio is 1.40 (63/45) ... Penn went 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) at the foul line, its lowest percentage since going 12-of-18 (66.7) against La Salle on Jan. 20 ... Penn set a season high with 66 field-goal attempts and tied a season best with four blocked shots ... Sophomore Zack Rosen scored 29 points, the third time he has reached that number this season; it marked his eighth straight double-figure scoring game, his 19th such game overall, and his seventh game with more than 20 points ... Rosen knocked down five three-pointers, the fifth time he has done that this season ... Rosen also had 10 assists, a career high and the most by a Penn player since Harrison Gaines dished off 12 against The Citadel on Nov. 20, 2007 ... Rosen -- whose double-double was his first as a collegian -- also set a season high and tied a career best with five steals ... Rosen led Penn in scoring for the 14th time this season ... Junior Jack Eggleston scored 16 points, his fifth straight game in double digits and 17th overall this season ... Eggleston also led Penn with nine rebounds, the 10th time he has led the Quakers in that category in a game; Eggleston has had at least nine boards in seven different contests ... Eggleston was subbed out in the first half for a minute, the first time he has missed anything but the final minute of an Ivy League game; overall, he has played 318 of 320 minutes in Ivy play ... Junior Dan Monckton scored eight points, giving him 94 in the last 12 contests after he scored 27 in the first ten games (and 20 in his first two seasons before that) ... Senior Justin Reilly made his first start of the season, and his ninth as a collegian; he played 11 minutes ... Senior Drew Godwin, who was promoted to the team from the JV program during midseason, played eight minutes and hit a three-pointer ... Sophomore Mike Howlett played just five minutes last night, scoring six points and grabbing three boards in that time.
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