HANOVER, N.H. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team allowed a late first-half run to Dartmouth on Friday night, and the Quakers could not make up the difference in the second half in taking a 72-64 loss to the Big Green.
Penn falls to 11-15 overall, and 5-7 in Ivy League play. Dartmouth improved to 10-17 overall, 4-9 in Ivy play.
Max Rothschild and Darnell Foreman got the starts over Sam Jones and Jake Silpe on Friday night, and they responded to Head Coach Steve Donahue’s faith by leading the Quakers with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Foreman also had nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Red and Blue in both categories. Jackson Donahue also reached double figures in the scoring column, with 11 points including a trio of three-point baskets.
Penn had no answer for Dartmouth’s freshman sensation Evan Boudreaux, especially in the first half when he went for 18 of his game-high 26 points. He also had 13 rebounds. Taylor Johnson had 13 points, while Connor Boehm finished with 10 points and seven boards.
Penn was down just 27-25 after a Rothschild jumper with just over four minutes left in the opening period. However, Dartmouth reeled off 11 of the game’s next 12 points to go ahead 38-26. Foreman nailed a three just before the break, but Johnson scored near the buzzer and it was 40-29 at the half.
Penn was still down by 12 midway through the second half, before Sam Jones nailed a three-pointer and then assisted a bucket by Jake Silpe that made the score 54-47. Dartmouth scored a bucket after that, but Rothschild answered with a three-pointer – his first trey of the season – to make it 56-50.
Dartmouth was able to keep Penn at bay from there. The Quakers got as close as five points in the final minute, at 68-63, but got called for a foul on what looked like a steal. The Big Green hit the free throws.
Penn returns to action again on Saturday night, moving across Northern New England to face Harvard at 7 p.m.