Men's Basketball Pulls Away From Yale, 81-69

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PHILADELPHIA - With Just under 14 minutes left in the second half, sophomore Rob Belcore knocked down a three-point shot that gave the Penn men's basketball team a 52-44 lead over Yale. Considering that made the Quakers 2-of-11 from beyond the arc in the game, the cheers might have just been relief that the team could actually find the range from that far.

Little did anyone know that Belcore's trey would be the first of six in a row for the team -- the last four of them unanswered by Yale-- and that allowed theQuakers to push out to a 67-50 lead with just under eight minutes to play. That was way too much forBulldogs to overcome, and Penn coasted to an 81-69 win Saturday night at The Palestra.

The win improved Penn to 5-18 overall, and move the Quakers back into the upper half of the Ivy League standings at 4-5. Yale fell to 10-17 overall, 4-6 in Ivy play.

For the game, Penn finished 7-of-19 from outside the arc, but it sure seemed like more thanks to those six in a row (Belcore, Zack Rosen, Dan Monckton, Monckton, Rosen, and finally Rosen again).

The first time these teams met, in New Haven, Yale scored the game's first 11 points and never looked back. On Saturday, the Bulldogs scored the first six, but by the time they reached 11 Penn had scored nine and so the game was on. Penn was able to gain a pair of five-point leads in the first half, and then used an eight-point run late in the stanza to push out to a 10-point lead before Michael Sands' layup got Yale back within 45-37 at the half.

Unlike the first meeting, Yale worked hard to get Alex Zampier involved in the offense, and as a result he had 13 points at the break. He was countered by Rosen, who had 14 first-half points, while Monckton and Jack Eggleston had eight apiece.

Monckton led off the second half with a dunk, but Yale responded with the next six points and it was 47-43. Eggleston shook loose for a dunk to make it 49-43, and then a Paul Nelson foul shot was answered by Belcore's trey. That set Penn off, and after that final three-pointer Penn's lead never went below double digits.

Rosen finished with 27 points, giving him 56 for the weekend. He also had five assists (15 for the weekend). Monckton and Eggleston, meanwhile, both finished with double-doubles -- Monckton had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, while Eggleston had 13 points and 10 boards for his fourth double-double of the season. Justin Reilly, who made his second straight start, had eight points, five rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes.

For Yale, Zampier finished the night with 21 points while Nelson had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Sands had 16 points.

After playing five home games in eight days, the Quakers are on the road next weekend for a pair of Ivy games. The Red and Blue is at Columbia next Friday and at Ivy frontrunner Cornell Saturday. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m.

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Penn Game Notes: Penn snapped a three-game losing streak ... After starting the season 1-14, Penn has won four of its last eight games ... Penn tied a season high with 29 field goals made ... Penn outrebounded Yale, 39-31, the sixth time in the last 10 games the Quakers have matched or bettered their opponent in that category ... Penn had 16 assists and 14 turnovers, the fifth straight game with a ratio above 1.00 (1.34 ratio in that stretch) ... Sophomore Zack Rosen had 27 points, giving him 56 for the weekend which was the best Ivy weekend by a Penn player since Bruce Lefkowitz scored 57 in the Quakers' Ivy-opening weekend of Jan. 9-10, 1987 (33at Harvard, 24at Dartmouth)... Rosen also had five assists, giving him 15 for the weekend (against five turnovers) ... Rosen went 6-of-6 at the foul line, the fourth time this season he has been perfect at the charity stripe (minimum five attempts) ... Junior Dan Monckton made his first start as a collegian, and responded with his first double-double (18 points, 12 rebounds) ... The 12 boards were a career high, the 18 points were one shy of a career best ... Monckton has had six double-figure scoring games in Penn's last 13 outings ... Monckton also tied a career high with four assists ... Junior Jack Eggleston also had a double-double, with 13 points and 10 rebounds ... It was Eggleston's fourth double-double this season, and his fifth overall at Penn ... The last time two Penn players had a double-double in the same game was Jan. 14, 2004, a 71-47 win against La Salle (Mark Zoller 14 points, 10 rebounds; Adam Chubb 11 points, 11 rebounds) ... Senior Justin Reilly made his second consecutive start, scoring eight points and snaring five boards in 17 minutes ... Senior Darren Smith came off the bench for the first time this season, and had six points in 27 minutes of action ... Smith went 4-of-4 from the foul line; amazingly, they were his first foul shots in Ivy play this season.

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