Men's Basketball Falls at Duke, 85-55

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DURHAM, N.C. -For the second time in three years, the Penn men's basketball team has met Duke around the New Year. And for the second time in three years, the Quakers were unable to give the Blue Devils too much to worry about. This time around, the final score was 85-55.

Duke jumped out to a 20-4 lead and it wasn't much of a game from that point on. Penn scored five straight to make it 20-9, but the Blue Devils' size and athleticism proved to be a recurring theme as they busted out to a 33-15 advantage. The closest the Quakers got the rest of the half was 12, at 38-26, but Duke scored the final six points of the period and took a 44-26 lead into the locker room.

Duke's lead went above 20 points in the first minute of the second half, and it went below that only one time afterward, at 52-34 with 14 minutes to play. The Blue Devils got their first 30-point lead with more than eight minutes to play, and kept it hovering around that level the rest of the way.

Zack Rosen led Penn in scoring, with 11 points, while Miles Cartwright scored 10 and Marin Kukoc came off the bench to score nine. Tyler Bernardini had scored 75 points in the Quakers' previous three games, but Duke shackled him all day and he ended the night with just seven points.

Rosen also had four assists, giving him 502 for his career and leaving him three dishes shy of tying his current head coach, Jerome Allen, as Penn's all-time leader. Rosen also had three steals on Sunday.

For Duke, Ryan Kelly led four players in double figures as he scored 18 points, hitting all four of his three-point shots. Kelly also had 12 rebounds, while Mason Plumlee also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 boards. Seth Curry scored 15 points.

Penn returns to campus on Monday but will have little time to reflect on its trip to North Carolina. The Quakers are at Lafayette on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.


Penn-Duke Game Notes: Penn scored 55 points, its low this season ... Penn set season highs in steals (11) and field-goal attempts (62) ... Penn also shot 100 percent from the foul line (9-9), the first time that has happened since last year when the Quakers went 15-of-15 at the charity stripe against Saint Joseph's ... Senior Zack Rosen scored 11 points, his third straight double-figure scoring game and 13th this season ... Sophomore Marin Kukoc scored nine points, two shy of his season/career high ... Henry Brooks had eight points ... Sophomore Fran Dougherty had five rebounds, his high in that category since Nov. 29 (5 vs. Manhattan) ... Senior Tyler Bernardini scored seven points, snapping a six-game streak of double-figure scoring ... Senior Rob Belcore scored two points, snapping a four-game streak of double-figure scoring ... RECORD BOOK WATCH: Senior guard Zack Rosen has 87 assists this season, giving him 502 for his career which is three shy of the program's all-time record held by his current head coach, Jerome Allen (505) ... Rosen has 1,388 career points which puts him 11th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Mark Zoller is 10th, with 1,429 points from 2004-07.) ... Bernardini has 1,290 career points which puts him 17th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Joe Sturgis is 16th with 1,292 points from 1954-56, while Tyrone Pitts is 15th with 1,301 from 1985-88.) ... Rosen has played 3,475 career minutes which is sixth all-time. (Ibrahim Jaaber is fifth, with 3,569 minutes.) ... Rosen has 184 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.) ... Bernardini, meanwhile, has 175 treys which is ninth all-time. (Michael Jordan is eighth, with 176.) ... Rosen has made 370 career foul shots which ties him with Herb Lyon (1946-50) for seventh place all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.)

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