Men's Basketball Escapes Dartmouth, 53-51

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HANOVER, N.H. -The Penn men's basketball team improved to 2-1 in the Ivy League Friday night with a 53-51 win at Dartmouth, but the victory did not come without its heart-stopping moments down the stretch.

Nursing that tenuous two-point lead with about 16 seconds remaining, the Quakers had a chance to put it away with Jack Eggleston at the foul line with a 1-and-1. Penn had not missed a shot at the stripe all night, going 12-for-12 to that point, so it only figured that Eggleston would miss the front end.

That allowed the Big Green four shots at the basket in the final seconds -- a three-pointer by Jabari Trotter that would have given Dartmouth the lead, and three other tips in the lane that would have tied the contest. All of them were off the mark, though, allowing Penn to escape with its second straight victory.

Dartmouth fell to 4-15 and remains winless in the Ivies at 0-5.

It was a gutsy win for Penn, which fell behind 10-3 in the early going, but moved out to a five-point lead at halftime and extended it to as much as eight in the second stanza before holding on.

Zack Rosen singlehandedly kept Penn in the game early, scoring the Quakers' first 11 points to overcome a fast start by Dartmouth guard Ronnie Dixon (eight of the Big Green's first 10 points).

Penn was down, 19-14, but scored six straight points to gain a 20-19 lead, then another six-point run put the Quakers ahead 26-23. By halftime, the Red and Blue's lead was 35-30.

Penn had chances to make the night a little easier, opening up an eight-point lead early in the second stanza and getting a few opportunities to extend into double digits. The Quakers could not deliver the knockout punch, however, and instead the Green used a 9-2 run to draw within 43-42 midway through the half.

The game got tense after that, and although Penn never lost its lead the Quakers certainly never made their contingent completely comfortable, either. The lead was extended to six a few times down the stretch, the final time when Dan Monckton nailed a jumper that made the score 53-47. Those would be Penn's last points on the night, but the Quakers held Dartmouth to just four in that time to gain the win.

Rosen finished with 16 points to lead the Quakers, while Conor Turley finished with 11. Senior Justin Reilly was a huge presence in the first half, scoring six of his eight points during that stretch. Eggleston only scored four points on a quiet night, but grabbed nine rebounds.

For Dartmouth, Dixon and David Rufful finished with 17 points apiece but no other player had more than six.

Penn is at Harvard Saturday night; the Crimson fell to 3-2 in Ivy League play with a 56-53 loss to Princeton Friday.

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Penn Game Notes: Penn took just 40 field goals in the game and scored just 18 second-half points, both team lows in the post-Fran Dunphy era ... On the other side, Dartmouth attempted just three foul shots and made two of them, both opponent lows in the post-Dunphy era ... Penn went 12-of-13 from the foul line, the eighth time in the last nine games the Quakers have shot at least 75 percent at the charity stripe ... Penn went 12-of-12 to start the game, and the only miss came on the front end of a 1-and-1 with 16.1 seconds left in regulation ... Penn outrebounded Dartmouth, 29-28, and has tied or outboarded each of its last four opponents ... Dartmouth shot 38.2 percent from the field (21 of 55), the second-worst shooting percentage by a Penn opponent this season (Navy 37.9 percent on Dec. 4) ... Sophomore Zack Rosen scored 16 points, his third straight double-figure scoring game; he has hit double digits in scoring in 14 of Penn's last 15 contests ... Rosen led Penn in scoring for the 11th time in the last 15 games ... Rosen knocked down three three-pointers, the seventh time this season he has had at least that many treys in a contest ... Rosen went 3-for-3 at the foul line and is 16 of 17 over the last four games ... Junior Conor Turley scored 11 points, his third double-figure scoring game this season and the first since he scored 14 against Saint Joseph's on Jan. 25 ... Turley -- who played a career-high 33 minutes Friday night -- went 7-for-7 at the foul line ... Junior Jack Eggleston was held to a season-low four points, but grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds; he has now led Penn in boards in nine games including every Ivy contest (10.3 rpg in Ivy play) ... Senior Justin Reilly played just 11 minutes, but scored eight points which was his best output since he scored eight on Feb. 22, 2008 -- at Dartmouth ... Senior Darren Smith scored seven points after being shut out in both games last weekend at Yale and Brown; it was Smith's best offensive night since he scored eight against Saint Joseph's on Jan. 25 ... Junior Dan Monckton was held to four points, his lowest output since he had two at Lafayette on Jan. 3; however, he tied a career best with two blocked shots and played a career-high 33 minutes.

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