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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -After a tough night at Yale on Friday, the Penn men's basketball team left nothing to chance on Saturday at Brown. The Quakers gained a double-digit lead midway through the first half and never let the Bears threaten the rest of the night, gaining a 65-48 victory at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The win was Penn's fifth in the last six games, and improved the Quakers to 12-10 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League. Brown fell to 7-16 overall, 1-5 in league play.
Senior Rob Belcore completed a fantastic weekend, tying a career high with 17 points and adding 10 rebounds for his second career double-double. He went 7-of-10 from the field and knocked down three three-pointers on the night. Henry Brooks added 10 points and four boards, while Zack Rosen scored 11 points and dished off five assists without a turnover.
Belcore was simply phenomenal in the first half, scoring 12 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Behind his leadership, the Quakers jumped out to an 8-0 lead to start the game. Brown answered almost immediately, scoring 13 of the next 17 points and taking a 13-12 lead when Tyler Ponticelli scored on a layup.
Penn responded with back-to-back three-pointers from Steve Rennard and Belcore, and then Belcore hit another jumper off a Rosen feed to push Penn up to a 20-15 lead. Andrew McCarthy finally stopped the bleeding, but only momentarily as Penn scored the next 10 points. Overall, the run was 18-4 and it left the score at 30-17 in Penn's favor.
The final few seconds of the half were indicative of the first 20 minutes. Rosen hit a trey with less than 10 seconds left, then stopped Ponticelli as he went up for a period-ending shot. That left the Red and Blue up, 36-21, at the break.
It looked like Penn might put this one away early in the second half, as Miles Cartwright hit a three and Rosen followed with a steal and layup to push the Quakers to a 43-25 lead.
It did not take Brown to get back within single digits. Andrew McCarthy went on a personal nine-point run, and his final bucket made the score 43-34. Bernardini finally ended the run when he stole the ball from the Bears' Sean McGonagill and went in for the easy layup.
Matt Sullivan hit a trey to make the score 49-41, but as it turned out that would be Brown's last gasp. Penn locked down on defense and held the Bears without a field goal for more than eight minutes; meanwhile, the Quakers scored 10 points during that stretch to open up a 59-42 lead. That proved to be enough.
McCarthy finished the night with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Sullivan dropped 13 points and Ponticelli added 10.
Penn is back at home this next weekend, hosting Ivy League front-runner Harvard on Friday night and Dartmouth on Saturday. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m. at The Palestra.
Penn-Brown Game Notes: Penn improved to 100-21 all-time against Brown and won for the third straight time and the sixth time in seven meetings with the Bears ... Penn's 17-point margin of victory (65-48) and 15-point halftime lead (36-21) were the largest this season ... Penn set a season high with 12 steals ...For the second time in as many nights, Penn had just four free throws made which is a low in the Jerome Allen coaching era ... Penn also set a team low for the Allen era with five free throws taken ... Brown scored 48 points, the second-lowest total by a Penn opponent this season (UMBC scored 45 in the season opener) ... Brown took seven foul shots and made four, both opponent lows this season ... Senior Rob Belcore scored 17 points, tying a career high, to lead Penn in the game (the first time he has led Penn in that category this season) ... Belcore hit double figures for the second straight game and the ninth time in 15 contests ... Belcore also tied a season/career high with 10 rebounds for his second collegiate double-double (first came earlier this season against Delaware) ... Belcore tied a season high with three three-pointers and also had three steals ... Senior guard Zack Rosen scored 11 points, his team-leading 20th double-figure scoring game this season ... Rosen also had five assists without a turnover ... Freshman center Henry Brooks scored 10 points, his third double-figure scoring game at Penn ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini scored nine points, his second straight single-digit scoring game, but tied a season/career high with four steals ... Sophomore guard Steve Rennard set a season/career high with three steals and tied a season/career best with two three-point baskets.
Record Book Watch: Senior guard Zack Rosen had five assists in the game, giving him 546 for his career which is the program's all-time record ... Rosen also became the program's all-time leader in minutes played this weekend, going all 40 on Friday and 35 on Saturday; he now has 3,778 minutes played in his career, besting the previous mark of 3,737 set by Jack Eggleston from 2008-11 ... Rosen has 1,524 career points which puts him sixth on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Ron Haigler is fifth, with 1,552 points from 1973-75.) ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,406 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 199 career three-point field goals which is tied for fifth all-time with Garett Kreitz (1995-98), while Bernardini is seventh all-time with 191 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 104 games in his career which is fourth all-time (Ugonna Onyekwe is third, with 105 starts from 2000-03.) ... Bernardini has made 99 career starts which is tied for eighth all-time with Koko Archibong (2000-03).
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