PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team used its depth and experience to down Dartmouth, 73-53, Friday night at The Palestra. The win was the Quakers' 15th in a row at home against a conference opponent, and came on the first of five-straight Ivy home games they will play between now and next Saturday.
Mark Zoller led all scorers with 19 points, but the real eye-opening performancecame in the form of senior center Steve Danley -- he nearly collected his first collegiate double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, and also contributed two assists, two blocked shots and two steals. Facing a variety of defenders in the post, Danley went 7-of-10 from the field.
Ibrahim Jaaber once again filled the box score, with 12 points, six rebounds, six assists and five steals, and first-time starter Darren Smith scored 10 points. As a team, Penn shot 48.1 percent from the field and dished out 16 assists, while at the other end the Quakers came up with 13 steals as Dartmouth committed 21 turnovers.
With the win, Penn (13-8, 4-1 Ivy) remained tied in the loss column with Yale, who improved to 6-1 in the Ivies with an 85-71 win at Columbia.
"We’re happy with the win. Our defensive intensity picked up a little bit," said the John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Men's Basketball, Glen Miller. "I hope we can keep the record going at home. It was good to be back, definitely.
"Every game is so critical for us now," he continued. "We have one loss andYale has one loss, so I really was just looking for guys to play hard."
Perhaps mindful that his team will be playing three games in the next five days, Miller substituted liberally during the first halfas 11 players saw at least two minutes of action. The result was some choppy play, but the Quakers nevertheless went into the locker room up, 40-26.
Penn got off to a quick start, scoring 10-straight points after Dartmouth's Johnathan Ball opened the scoring. The lead expanded to double digits late in the first half, and reached its peak when Kevin Egee took a nice cross-court feed from Jaaber and buried a three-pointer just before the buzzer.
The second half was more of the same, asDartmouth(7-13, 2-5 Ivy) could get no closerthan 12 points. For the Big Green -- which suffered greatly from the absence of Leon Pattman, its top scorer,who stayedback in Hanover with a viral infection --Alex Barnett had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Marlon Sanders came off the bench to score 11 points.
Penn will be back in action Saturday night, hosting Harvard -- a 74-68 loser in double overtime at PrincetonFriday night -- at The Palestra. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m.