Men's Basketball Holds Off UMBC, 71-59

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PHILADELPHIA - In a game that was by no means a work of art, the Penn men's basketball team shrugged off some early doldrums and worked its way past UMBC, 71-59, Tuesday night at The Palestra.

Penn evened its record at 3-3 despite not scoring a field goal in the game's final 12:13; instead, the Quakers' last 22 points came from the line on a night when they made 28 of 36 free-throw attempts overall. UMBC remains winless on the season at 0-6.

For the second game in a row, freshman Miles Cartwright was the catalyst. The guard seemed to be everywhere on Tuesday night, scoring 19 points and collecting three steals in 27 minutes of action before being forced to sit after a collision with a UMBC player while on defense. Over the last two games, the two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week has scored 41 points while shooting 14-of-17 from the field (including 5 of 7 on three-pointers) and 8-of-9 from the foul line.

Jack Eggleston provided 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in another solid all-around performance, while Zack Rosen added 12 points, six boards and four assists. Conor Turley, who had a big game against the Retrievers a year ago in Maryland, followed up with 11 points Tuesday night.

UMBC jumped out to an 8-2 lead after just four minutes, but Penn clamped down the defense after that and whittled at the deficit until Eggleston hit a three-pointer with 9:10 left in the first half to give the Quakers at 15-14 lead. Penn would not trail again in the game, although the Retrievers tied it at 23-23 toward the end of the half when Laurence Jolicoeur buried a three-point shot from the left corner. However, Penn answered with a nine-point run, a streak that was muted when UMBC's Chris De La Rosa buried a three at the buzzer to make the score 32-26 at the break.

Penn continued to establish itself over the first five minutes of the second half, expanding its lead to 12 (42-30) with 15:30 left. UMBC briefly rallied, as Justin Fry nailed a jumper and then Brian Neller hit a three on consecutive possessions. However, Eggleston immediately responded with a trey of his own, and then a Cartwright steal led to his dunk and restored the 12-point advantage. A little more than a minute later, Cartwright again got in the way of a fast-break opportunity for the Retrievers and returned it to paydirt for Penn, and the score was 49-35.

Amazingly, that was the last field goal the Quakers scored on the night. That said, UMBC was unable to capitalize on the drought because Penn went to the line 28 times over the final 12 minutes and made 22 of those shots.

UMBC was led by Fry, who had 16 points and seven rebounds in a performance that was especially revelatory in the first half. Travis King finished with 14 points and Jolicoeur had 13.

Penn returns to action Saturday, playing Army in a neutral-site game at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. That game tips at noon and is the first half of a doubleheader at the Meadowlands, with the second game featuring a rematch of last year's NCAA Tournament final between Duke and Butler.

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