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PHILADELPHIA - Zack Rosen would probably be the first one to tell you he struggled this entire weekend. The numbers bear that out, especially his shooting (11 of 34 from the field, 4 of 16 on three-pointers).
But with the clock winding down toward the end of regulation, and the game tied at 55-55, the ball was in Rosen's hands. That is probably exactly where every Penn fan in the building wanted it.
From deep on the right wing, he dribbled around a screen, then rose up and fired a three-pointer.
Was there ever a doubt? The shot found nothing but the bottom of the net with 3.4 seconds left, Rosen's 10th, 11th and 12th points of the night. Final score: 58-55, Penn.
It wasn't the prettiest of wins, but on a night when Harvard finally lost in league play the Quakers will take it. They are now 5-2 in the Ivy League, tied for second with Yale in the loss column (the Bulldogs are 6-2) with Harvard now 7-1 after a 70-62 loss at Princeton.
Coming off a pulsating atmosphere last night against a nationally ranked Harvard, a letdown might have been expected. Penn struggled to find a rhythm offensively in the opening stanza -- the Red and Blue shot just 39.3 percent from the field -- but still led 27-22 at the break. The key was an 11-2 Penn run that turned a 14-14 game into a 25-16 contest.
The Quakers had chances to blow this one open after that, but instead Dartmouth (4-20, 0-8 Ivy) reeled off the next four points and even had a chance to tie the game before halftime. However, R.J. Griffin's effort at the elbow was blocked by Tyler Bernardini, and Miles Cartwright collected the ball and drove the length of the floor to convert just ahead of the halftime buzzer.
As it turned out, those points were the first of eight in a row for the Quakers, who came out of the locker room and scored six unanswered. That made the score 33-22, and Dartmouth coach Paul Cormier called timeout. The Big Green then scored four straight out of the stoppage, but Penn responded and the lead was back to double digits when Bernardini hit a circus layup.
Dartmouth came back. The Big Green scored 14 of the game's next 15 points, including nine straight to tie the game with less than eight minutes to play. Rosen gave the lead back to the Quakers with a jumper in the lane, and after four defensive stops Bernardini pushed the Penn lead to 53-48 with a three-pointer from the left wing.
John Golden got one of those points back at the foul line, but Henry Brooks answered with a feathery jumper off a Rosen feed with 3:40 to play. That made the score 55-49.
A critical play occurred shortly after that. Brooks was called for a travel, and then Head Coach Jerome Allen was hit with a technical foul. Instead of going up by eight or even nine, Penn had to watch Jvonte Brooks hit one of the two technical free throws and Melville drain a trey on the ensuing possession. It was 55-53.
Bernardini (a team-high 15 points) had two chances to score, the first on a driving layup and the second on a jumper. Both missed. Dartmouth got the second rebound, but Gabas Maldunas had the ball go off his leg as he tried to drive for the tying basket.
With the game inside a minute, Miles Cartwright got a look in front of the Penn bench, but it was long. Dartmouth came down, and Marin Kukoc fouled Brooks with 22.8 seconds left. The freshman had taken 12 foul shots in the game and made 10; he wasn't about to miss these. The score was tied at 55-55.
That set the stage for Rosen's heroics.
Brooks finished the night with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Dartmouth; he was the only Big Green player in double figures.
Penn hosts Cornell and Columbia next weekend at The Palestra; the Quakers and Big Red will play Friday night at 7 p.m., with the Lions coming to town for a Saturday 7 p.m. tipoff.
Penn-Dartmouth Game Notes: Penn split the Harvard-Dartmouth home weekend for the 11th time in the 55 times it has been played (also 43 sweeps and one swept) ... Penn defeated Dartmouth for the fifth straight game and has won 28 of the last 30 meetings with the Big Green ... Penn scored 58 points, its lowest total in a win since defeating Dartmouth 53-51 on Feb. 5, 2010 ... Penn improved to 9-1 when leading at the half ... For the second time in three games, Penn had 12 steals which is a high in the Jerome Allen coaching era ... Penn had eight turnovers, meaning they committed just 15 for the weekend (Dartmouth had 19 alone on Saturday) ... Penn took five foul shots and made two, both lows in the Allen era ... Penn also had just 20 rebounds, a low for the season ... Dartmouth took 36 shots, an opponent low in the Allen era at Penn ... Dartmouth also scored 22 first-half points, an opponent low this season, and matched an opponent season low with 16 field goals (also UMBC on Nov. 11) ... Dartmouth shot 44.4 percent from the field, becoming the 15th of 24 opponents to shoot below that percentage this season (last year Penn held just 14 of 28 opponents below that mark) ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini led Penn with 15 points, his 18th double-figure scoring game this season and 74th career ... Bernardini has led Penn in scoring in a game outright five times this season ... Senior guard Zack Rosen scored 12 points, his eighth straight game in double digits, 22nd this season, and 82nd career ... Sophomore guard Miles Cartwright matched a season/career high with three steals, and a season best with five assists ... Sophomore center Fran Dougherty had five rebounds, giving him 12 boards for the weekend; he led Penn in that category in both games ... Sophomore forward Marin Kukoc had six points on two three-pointers, and three rebounds which was one shy of a career high ... Sophomore guard Steve Rennard has hit nine field goals over Penn's last eight games; all of them have been three-pointers.
Record Book Watch: Senior guard Zack Rosen had three assists, giving him 555 for his career which is the program's all-time record ... Rosen played 36 minutes, giving him 3,853 for his career which is also a program mark ... Rosen has 1,552 career points which ties him with Ron Haigler (1973-75) for fifth on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Michael Jordan is fourth, with 1,604 points from 1997-2000.) ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,423 career points which puts him 12th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Mark Zoller is 11th, with 1,429 points from 2004-07.) ... Rosen has 203 career three-point field goals which is fourth all-time. (Jeff Schiffner is third with 220 from 2001-04.) ... Bernardini has 194 career treys, which is seventh all-time. (Garett Kreitz is sixth with 199 from 1995-98.) ... Rosen has made 389 career foul shots which is sixth all-time. (Paul Romanczuk is fifth, with 394 from 1996-99.) ... Rosen has 143 career steals which is fifth all-time (Jordan is fourth, with 147), while Bernardini has 126 steals which is ninth (Paul Chambers from 1989-92 and Shawn Trice from 1992-95 are tied for seventh with 134.) ... Rosen has started 106 games in his career which is third all-time. (Jack Eggleston is second, with 111 starts from 2008-11.) ... Bernardini has made 100 career starts which is tied with current head coach Jerome Allen for seventh all-time (Jordan and Geoff Owens are tied for fifth, with 101 starts each.) ... Bernardini has played 3,134 career minutes which is eighth all-time. (Langel is seventh, with 3,245 minutes from 1997-2000.)
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