Men's Basketball Escapes Delaware, 78-68

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NEWARK, Del. -What kind of a night was it for the Penn men's basketball team Wednesday night at Delaware? Let's put it this way. Senior Jack Eggleston scored his 1,000th point as a Quaker, becoming just the 35th player in the program's illustrious history to reach the mark and the first since 2006. Oh, he also had a game-high 10 rebounds.

No reporters wanted to talk to him.

They wanted to talk to Zack Rosen, who scored 26 -- TWENTY-SIX! -- of his 30 points in the second half. (The 30 points tied his career high.) They wanted to talk to freshman Miles Cartwright, who had yet another standout performance with 20 points, 12 of them in the decisive second stanza. They probably would have taken a quote from Conor Turley, too -- after all, the senior captain tied his career high with 14 points.

Oh, and then there was this fact: Penn had four turnovers. That's right, four. Of those, only one came in the second half. One. The four turnovers were the fewest committed by a Penn team since Feb. 24, 1996, when the Quakershad justfour in an 80-51 win over Dartmouth.

The combination of those efforts pushed Penn -- which was playing for the first time in two full weeks -- to a 78-68 win at Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center. The victorymoved the Quakers above .500, at 5-4, while the Blue Hens lost for the second straight game and fell to 5-4.

Penn's efforts offset another mammoth performance by Delaware's Jawan Carter. A year ago, he went off for 35 points at The Palestra as the Hens defeated the Quakers in double overtime. On Wednesday night, he hit five three-pointers in the second half and could best be described as scorching. That said, he finished with "only" 21 points and was one ofjust three Delaware players to score in double digits (Jamelle Hagins had 17 and Alphonso Dawson added 12).

For the second time in a few weeks, Penn closed this one out at the foul line, as all of the Quakers' final 12 points -- and 24 in the secondstanza -- came from the charity stripe. For the game, the Red and Blue made 29 foul shots, more than double the amount taken by Delaware (14).

A back-and-forth effort through the first half left Penn with a 26-23 lead. The Quakers had the ball to start the second half, and Eggleston hit his milestone points with a layup almost immediately.

After that, the story was Rosen.

With 16:30 left in the game, he had four points. Over the next 11 minutes, the Quakers scored 22 points, and Rosen scored 16 of them (Cartwright had the other six). His show was thorough - he hit threes, he made free throws, he got to the hoop and drew fouls for conventional three-point plays. Delaware simply had no answer defensively.

Even with the yeoman effort, Penn's lead was just three with 4:20 left after Hagins converted a three-point play to make the score 61-58. However, Rosen -- yup, him again -- knocked down a trey, and then exactly one minute later Turley ended an impressive offensive possession by the Quakers with a layup. That pushed the lead to 66-58.

Brian Johnson hit a pair of free throws to make it a six-point game, but Penn got freebies and hit them -- first Rosen, then Turley, then Rosen again. That put the Quakers up 72-60, and they never looked back as the final two minutes were a foul parade.

Penn is off for another full week with the Christmas holiday looming; the Quakers are at Marist next Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

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