PHILADELPHIA – In the first of four consecutive home games, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team used a career night from sophomore Darnell Foreman and an otherwise balanced attack to defeat Brown, 79-74, on Friday night.
Penn (10-12 overall) won for the fourth time in five games and remained alone in fourth place in the Ivy League standings at 4-4. Brown fell to 7-16 overall, 2-7 in Ivy play.
Foreman not only had his first collegiate double-double; he nearly had a triple-double. The sophomore set a career high with 10 assists -- the most by a Penn player this season -- and tied his career highs in points (11), rebounds (8) and steals (3).
The Quakers had four other players score in double figures, withDarien Nelson-Henryleading the charge with 19 points. (He finished one rebound shy of his fourth-straight double-double, with nine.) Jackson Donahue had 16 including five three-pointers, while Sam Jones also had five treys to account for all of his 15 points. Junior Matt Howard added 14 points on 4-for-9 shooting. As a team, Penn made 12 three-pointers -- the seventh time this season the Quakers have reached double digits in that category -- and shot better than 44 percent from beyond the arc.
The first half was all about the three-ball for the Quakers. Penn started the night 4-for-4 from distance, with Jones and Donahue each knocking down a pair. The theme would continue, with seven of the Red and Blue’s first 10 field goals coming from distance.
At the break, the Quakers held a five-point advantage and had two players in double-figures. Jones led the way with 12 points on four made threes and Nelson-Henry had chipped in 10 with six in the final five minutes.
In the second half, Penn led for the first 15 minutes before Brown tied it at 67 with a pair of free throws. However, Matt Howard wouldn’t let the Bears stay level for long, as he converted a fast break layup to put the Quakers back up by two with four minutes to play. Brown would not catch them again.
Up by just a point in the final two minutes, Jones knocked down his fifth three of the evening, giving Penn a 72-68 lead with a minute and a half remaining. Brown would not come within four points for the rest of the night and the Quakers walked away with a 79-74 win.
Penn held Brown to under 40 percent shooting on Friday night, while Penn shot 44.4 percent from three-point range alone. The Bears also struggled from the line, missing eight of their 20 attempts from the charity stripe. Penn made 24 fields in the contest, half of them three-pointers.
It’ll be a quick turnaround for Penn as Ivy League-leading Yale comes to town tomorrow, after falling from the unbeaten ranks with a 75-63 loss at Princeton on Friday night. The Quakers and Bulldogs will tip off at 7 p.m., in a game that will air on the Ivy League Digital Network as well as on ESPN3.