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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's basketball team scored the last 10 points of Friday night's game against Penn, and that allowed the Bulldogs to propel past the Quakers and win, 60-53, at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Penn's loss was its first in Ivy League play this season, dropping the Red and Blue to 3-1, and snapped an overall four-game winning streak and they fell to 11-10 overall. Yale remains the only other team with one loss in the Ivies, at 4-1, and improved to 14-5 overall. Harvard defeated Cornell Friday night and is ahead of both the Quakers and the Bulldogs in the standings, at 5-0.
Penn was up 53-50 with less than three minutes remaining when Zack Rosen foundMiles Cartwright alone in the right corner and sent the ball his way. The sophomore had only put up two shots on the night, but the chance at the dagger three was too great. He fired. Off the mark. Instead, Yale came down, and their superb senior center, Greg Mangano, hit a trey from the left wing to tie the game.
Both teams missed chances to gain the lead, as Rosen missed a three-pointer and Reggie Willhite was off on the front end of a 1-and-1. However, Rosen was picked from behind by Willhite with just over a minute remaining. He chased the Bulldog guard down and forced Willhite to miss his layup, but Austin Morgan got the rebound and immediately put it back up. The shot was blocked by Rob Belcore, who was a monster on this night.
Goaltending? Debatable. But that was the call after Belcore blocked it off the backboard into the hands of a teammate. Morgan was credited with the basket.
Penn had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final minute. The first came on a three-pointer from the right wing by Steve Rennard and was no good. The ball went out off Yale, though, and the Quakers got new life. This time, with the shot clock winding down, Tyler Bernardini beat his man and got into the lane where he put it up among the trees. On a tough shooting night for the senior, this shot found the same fate that 11 of his 13 attempts did -- off the mark.
Brandon Sherrod rebounded Bernardini's miss and was fouled. He made one of his two foul shots, but his miss was rebounded by Mangano and he was fouled by Howlett. Mangano missed his front end of the 1-and-1, but somehow got himself in position to grab his own board. This time he was fouled again, and he didn't make the same mistake twice. Both shots went down this time, and that was pretty much that.
How close was this game? There are 10 stoppages in each game, as each half has four media timeouts, and then there is halftime and the final horn. The score was tied at four of the stoppages, and had a one-point difference at four of the other stoppages.
The first half was an evenly-played affair that never saw either team gain more than a four-point lead. The Quakers got a balanced scoring attack in the period, as six different players scored at least three points and no one had more than six. For Yale, meanwhile, Mangano had 10 points while Grace scored seven and Morgan added six on a pair of three-pointers. The score was 29-29 at the break.
Yale came out in the second half and scored the first eight points, opening up what would be the biggest lead by either team on the night. However, Penn scored the next six after that and finally drew back level with 10:55 to play when Fran Dougherty hit a foul shot out of a timeout.
Michael Grace - a thorn in Penn's side all night - hit a jumper to give the lead back to the Bulldogs, but he was matched at the other end by Rosen (16 points on the night). Grace gave Yale the advantage a second time, from the left baseline, but just inside of eight minutes Rennard spotted up and drained a three-pointer to put Penn back on top, 49-48.
Mangano and Rosen missed jumpers at both ends, before Willhite put Yale back out front with a bucket. After turnovers by both teams, Penn took advantage when Belcore stole an inbounds by the Bulldogs and went uncontested the length of the floor for his 10th and 11th points. Yale then turned it over almost immediately, and Rosen made them pay with a jumper in the lane just inside of five minutes. As it turned out, that would be the Quakers' final points of the night.
Belcore had nine rebounds and six assists to go with his double-figure scoring performance. Mangano had 10 rebounds in addition to his 23 points, while Morgan and Grace finished with 11 points apiece.
Penn and Brown will match up Saturday night in Providence at 6 p.m.; the Bears fell to Princeton, 77-63, Friday night to drop to 1-4 in Ivy League play.
Penn-Yale Game Notes: Penn now leads the series with Yale 145-70, but lost for the first time in four games to the Bulldogs ... Penn set season lows in points (53), second-half points (24), free throws made (4), and free throws attempted (8) ... The four free throws made tied a low in the Jerome Allen coaching era; coincidentally, the other time it happened was last year -- at Yale ... Penn is now 0-3 in games this season when tied at halftime ... Penn fell to 2-8 in games when only two players score in double figures ... Senior guard Zack Rosen led Penn in scoring with 16 points, the 12th time he has been the solo leader in that category in a game this season ... It was Rosen's team-high 19th double-figure scoring game this season, and 79th of his career ... Rosen played all 40 minutes and became the program's all-time leader in that category with 3,743 for his career ... Rosen had three assists, tying a season low ... Senior forward Rob Belcore scored 11 points, his eighth double-digit scoring performance in Penn's last 14 games ... Belcore also led Penn with nine rebounds, one shy of a season/career high; it was his fifth time leading the Quakers in that category this season ... Belcore also set a season high with six assists ... Sophomore center Fran Dougherty scored six points for the second time in three games and had four rebounds ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini scored six points, tying a season low and snapping a six-game streak of double-figure scoring ... Sophomore guardMiles Cartwright scored three points, a season low ... Freshman Camryn Crocker set a season/career high with two steals.
Record Book Watch: Senior guard Zack Rosen had three assists in the game, giving him 541 for his career which is the program's all-time record ... Rosen also became the program's all-time leader in minutes played, going all 40 on Friday; he now has 3,743 minutes played in his career, besting the previous mark of 3,737 set by Jack Eggleston from 2008-11 ... Rosen has 1,513 career points which puts him seventh on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Ibrahim Jaaber is sixth, with 1,518 points from 2004-07.) ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,397 career points which puts him 12th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Mark Zoller is 11th, with 1,429 points from 2004-07.) ... Rosen has 198 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time, while Bernardini is seventh all-time with 190 treys. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.) ... Rosen has made 387 career foul shots which is seventh all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.) ... Rosen has started 103 games in his career which is fourth all-time (Ugonna Onyekwe is third, with 105 starts from 2000-03.) ... Bernardini has made 98 career starts which is ninth all-time. (Koko Archibong is eighth, with 99 starts from 2000-03.)
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