PHILADELPHIA -On a night that the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team turned the ball over 22 times, the Quakers showed their resolve and came away with a 71-64 win over Dartmouth.
Penn was led by Darien Nelson-Henry who scored 19 points (17 in the second half). Jackson Donahue and Jake Silpe both chipped in 13, with Silpe dishing out eight assists which was a Penn player high this season. The Quakers made eight three-pointers on Friday night and shot over 48 percent en route to their first Ivy win of the season.
The game got off to a rough start with the Quakers, as they fell behind 8-0 right out of the gate, forcing Steve Donahue to call an early timeout and make wholesale substitutions. The move worked -- Penn went on an 19-4 run, capped off by back-to-back threes from Matt Howard and Sam Jones that gave the Quakers a 19-12 lead with just under 10 left in the first half.
Dartmouth would battle back over the next three minutes to take a one-point lead, but some nice footwork under the basket by Max Rothschild allowed Penn to retake its advantage.
The Big Green would find their stroke again over the last five minutes of the half and led by four at the break. Penn knocked down five threes in the first half, but turned the ball over 13 times, leading to nine Dartmouth points.
It was another rough start coming out of the locker room for the Quakers, as they found themselves down nine early in the second half, but once again they would work their way back to get themselves within four before the 10-minute mark. Darien Nelson-Henry finished at the rim through contact and knocked down his free throw to make it 46-42.
Nelson-Henry would strike again moments later, this time dunking through contact and connecting from the stripe to make the deficit just two after the second media timeout. After Nelson-Henry scored on a third straight possession, Jackson Donahue hit a three from the corner to tie the game at 50 with nine remaining.
Dartmouth would score to take a three-point lead once again, but "The Darien Nelson-Henry Show" continued, as he scored underneath the basket through contact again, this time from two defenders, but couldn't cash in on the line, making it 53-52, Dartmouth.
On the next possession, Howard picked up a ball in a scramble, before he drove to the basket to give Penn its first lead of the second half with six minutes remaining.
The seesaw would then begin down the stretch with both teams going back and forth with the lead. With a minute and a half left, tied at 59, Jake Silpe picked up an offensive rebound and made a lay-up through two defenders, drawing a foul. Silpe would make his free throw and Penn led by three.
After two free throws from Dartmouth, Darien Nelson-Henry continued his incredible second half with a hook shot to put the Quakers back up by three.
Darnell Foreman grabbed two late rebounds and made five free throws and Silpe stole a pass for an easy lay in the final seconds to close out a 71-64 win for the Red and Blue.
Penn will be back at it on Saturday night when they host the Harvard Crimson at the Palestra at 7 p.m.