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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Make no mistake about it, when Penn got swept last weekend at home by Columbia and Cornell -- the first time the Quakers had been swept in an Ivy weekend at The Palestra since 1968 -- it set off a week of angst among the Penn basketball family.
So what did the Quakers do? They came back with hard practices this week, anda renewed focus. And, to be honest, there was a looseness on this trip heading into Friday night's game at Brown.
That looseness translated well on the court, as Pennbroke open a tie game with nine straight points late in the first half and never looked back in defeating the Bears, 73-52, at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Penn (6-13, 2-3 Ivy) snapped a three-game conference losing streak with the victory, while Brown -- last year's Ivy runner-up -- fell to 6-15, 0-7 in conference play.
Tyler Bernardini led four Penn players who scored in double figures, with 16 points. Jack Eggleston had 13 points, six rebounds and four assists; Harrison Gaines scored 12 points; and Cameron Lewis had 10 points and five boards. Zack Rosen scored nine points and also had six assists without a turnover. Senior Kevin Egee led the Quakers with seven rebounds.
Penn was efficient on offense, shooting 46.4 percent from the field and knocking down eight of its 15 three-point shots (53.3 percent). The Quakers also committed just 12 turnovers, compared to 18 by Brown.
In fact, if not for Brown's Adrian Williams, this game might have been over a lotearlier than it was. On a night when the rest of his teammates struggled to find their offense, he waspoitively scorching in the early going inscoring 15 of the Bears' first 21 points. Duringthe run,Williams knocked down three three-pointers and hit four of six foul shots when fouled on two other trey attempts. When he made two of three from the charity stripe with 7:04 left in the half, he tied the game at 21-21.
Williams did not score again in the game. Coincidentally, that was the point that Penn took control.
Brennan Votel followed Williams' foul shots with a three-pointer, and then a minute later Bernardini shook free for a layup to make it 26-21. A Brown turnover was followed by a Lewis dunk off a Votel feed, and another Bear turnover became a Lewis layup to put the Quakers up, 30-21. Brown got back within six quickly, but Penn used another four-point run near the end of the half to take a 39-29 lead into the break.
In the second half, Penn made its decisive run early. Brown's Scott Friske made the score 41-34 with a layup at the 17:17 mark, but the Bears scored just two points over the next nine minutes while the Quakers ran off 15 totake a 56-36 lead. Brown never got closer than 17 points after that, asPenn's defense remained solid throughout (Brown shot just 34 percent for the night)
After Williams, Matt Mullery was the only other Bear player in double figures, with 12 points.
Penn returns to action Saturday night at Yale, facing off with a Bulldogs squad that knocked Princeton from the unbeaten ranks Friday with a 60-48 victory. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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