Philadelphia - Sophomore Mark Zoller recorded his fourth double-double of the season to led the Penn men's basketball team to a 85-68 victory over Harvard on Saturday night in The Palestra. Three other Quakers scored in double figures including senior Tim Begley, who scored 11 points in thelast home game of his career.
Zoller scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, while sophomore David Whitehurst scored a career-best 16 points including a 4-for-5 effort from beyond the arc. Sophomore Steve Danley added 14 points and seven boards.
Senior Nameir Majette made his first collegiate start on senior night and scored four of the Quakers (19-8, 12-1 Ivy) six points to start the half. Senior Eric Heil dished Majette a feed under the basket and Majette dunked it in and give Penn a 6-2 advantage three minutes into the first half. The Quakers went on 22-7 run to pull ahead, 28-12, with 6:42 left in the half. Danley had eight of those points during the strength. Several trips to the foul line for the Crimson, (12-15, 7-7 Ivy) put Harvard back in the game as Michael Bale cut the lead to eight, 39-31, heading into the locker room.
Zoller started the Red and Blue off strong in the second stanza with sevenpoints. Two trifectas from Whitehurst and several jumpers from Begley, Danley and Zoller put Penn up 19 with 13:24to go,but solid shooting from the Crimson andmissed shots on the Quakers end allowedHarvard to cut the lead to seven,68-61, with just over eight minutes on the clock. Ibrahim Jaaber,Jan Fikiel and Whitehurstthree hit straight jumpers to give Penn a 13 point advantage and theQuakers never looked back.
Penn shot over 50 percent for the fourth consecutive game, connecting on 55.1 percent of its shots. The Red and Blue rebounded Crimson, 45-31. David Giovacchini ledHarvard with 12 points.
Penntravels to Princeton on March 8 for a 7:30 p.m. contest with rival Princeton. The game will be televised on CSTV.