Men's Basketball Staves Off Dartmouth, 57-54

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HANOVER, N.H. - The Zack Rosen Legend continues.

On Friday night, at Dartmouth's Leede Arena, the senior scored all of Penn's final 16 points. Almost all of them were needed, as the Quakers eked out a 57-54 win over the Big Green.

The win kept Penn a game behind Harvard in the loss column of the Ivy League standings, at 8-2 (Harvard is 10-1 after a 67-64 home win over Princeton Friday night). The Quakers and Crimsonwill square off Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Harvard's Lavietes Pavilion. A Harvard win would clinch at least a share of the conference title for the Crimson. A Penn victory, however,would tie the teams in the loss column; after this weekend, the Quakers will have three Ivy games left, while the Crimson will have two.

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While Penn's win had Rosen's fingerprints all over it, the irony is that the play of the game may have come without any assist from the senior guard. With the score 55-52 in Penn's favor and 11.6 seconds left, Dartmouth's Jvonte Brooks hit a layup in traffic and was fouled by Steve Rennard. The Big Green freshman missed the potential tying free throw, however, and the Quakers' Henry Brooks grabbed the rebound. He was immediately fouled.

However, after blowing his whistle, the referee instead signaled timeout to Penn. It turned out another senior, Rob Belcore, had told the ref the Quakers wanted a timeout if they got the board, and it was granted as soon as the ball was secured in Brooks' hands. So instead of a freshman 61-percent shooter going to the line, the Quakers got to inbound the ball. They got it to Rosen, and the senior who hits free throws at an 88-percent clip was absolutely sure at the charity stripe.

Dartmouth had a chance to tie the game, but R.J. Griffin's three-pointer from the right wing was off the mark and the clock expired with therebound still in the air.

It was an apt finish to the game, because this one was anything but normal. How else to explain the Quakers, who had just four players score while everyone else who played took a combined eight shots?Rosen ended the night with 27 points, while Belcore had his third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds and also added four steals. Henry Brooks and Miles Cartwright finished the game with eight points each.

Need further proof? How about this fact: Brooks scored on Penn's opening possession of the second half. After that, every point scored by the Quakers -- and there were 28 of them -- came from Rosen or Belcore, with the exception of a lone Cartwright basket.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, but Penn gained the advantage late with a 10-3 run over a four-minute span that turned a 17-15 game into a 27-18 affair. It was still 27-20 at the half.

Brooks' layup got Penn started out of the break, but after that Dartmouth dominated for a stretch. The Big Green used its size to get to the foul line, and took advantage of sloppy offense by the Red and Blue to draw within three points.

Penn head coach Jerome Allen had seen enough at that point. He called timeout, and for the second time this season he pulled all the starters. That hardly had an effect, though, and Dartmouth took a 30-29 lead with 14 minutes left when Jabari Trotter knocked down a reverse layup.

Belcore ended Penn's scoring drought with a pair of free throws, but John Golden answered with a three-pointer on the left wing to push the Big Green back in front 33-31. Then Trotter scored on a putback to make the score 35-31 ahead of the second media timeout.

Out of that break, Penn got serious. First Cartwright tipped a steal to Rosen, who went the length for a layup -- the Quakers' first in more than eight minutes -- and then a Belcore steal led to his own and-one bucket that put the Red and Blue back in front, 36-35.

Dartmouth's next possession ended up in Belcore's hands again, and this time the senior fed a streaking Cartwright for yet another layup. That forced the Big Green to call timeout.

Dartmouth eventually got one of the points back on a Golden free throw, then a Penn turnover cost the Quakers when Trotter knocked down a triple to put the Big Green back on top, 39-38. However, the Red and Blue regained the lead on its next possession, Rosen feeding Belcore who hit the layup as he was bumped. Out of a media timeout, he hit the foul shot to make it 41-39.

Rosen then forced a five-second call on Trotter, and made Dartmouth pay at the other end with a driving layup that went down as he was fouled. After his free throw, the Penn lead was 44-39.

With the score still 46-42, Rennard was fouled. He missed both shots, but the second was rebounded by sophomore Fran Dougherty, and Rosen compounded the problem for Dartmouth with a fallaway in the lane that made the score 48-42.

Maldunas rebounded a Melville miss and put it back to make the score 48-44 with just over three minutes to go. Rosen then missed the front end of a 1-and-1 -- his only miss at the line for the night -- and Melville knocked down a pair of charity shots at the other end. It was 48-46 with 2:24 to play.

Rosen again scored an old-fashioned three-point play, in the process fouling out one of Dartmouth precocious freshman bigs, Gabas Maldunas.

Dartmouth wasn't done. Jvonte Brooks hit one of two foul shots, and then after a Rosen miss Golden drained a long trey from the right wing that made the score 51-50 as the clock went inside a minute.

Rosen put the lead back at three with 40 seconds left, hitting a jumper, but it was matched quickly at the other end by David Rufful. Dartmouth fouled Rosen on the inbounds, and he hit both freebies. That set the stage for the dramatic final seconds.

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Penn-Dartmouth Game Notes: Penn gained a season sweep of Dartmouth and improved to 147-56 in the series ... At 16-11, Penn is guaranteed a winning overall record for the first time since the 2006-07 team went 22-9 ... Penn has swept Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth this season ... Penn has won four games in a row, five of six, and nine of 11 ... Penn has its highest Ivy League win total since the 2007-08 team went 8-6 ... Penn's 8-2 Ivy record through 10 games is its best since the 2006-07 team was 9-1 on the way to 13-1 and the league title ... Penn is 7-4 in road games this season (4-1 Ivy) ... Penn is 5-1 in games decided by three or fewer points this season, and 6-1 when holding its opponent below 60 points ... Penn is now 11-1 when leading at the half, and 12-4 when shooting a better percentage from the field than its opponent ... Dartmouth shot 40.5 percent from the field (17 of 42), becoming the 18th opponent this season to shoot below 45 percent ... Penn allowed 20 first-half points, an opponent low in 2011-12 ... Penn had no bench points Friday night, a first this season ... Penn had fewer turnovers (11) than its opponent (17) for the seventh time in nine games ... Penn had just four players score on Friday: Zack Rosen, Rob Belcore, Miles Cartwright, and Henry Brooks ... Rosen scored 27 points, his sixth game with at least 25 points this season, his 11th with 20 or more, and his team-leading 25th double-figure scoring performance ... Rosen scored all of Penn's last 16 points on Friday night ... Rosen has led Penn in scoring in three straight games and 16 overall this season ... Belcore had 14 points and matched a season/career high with 10 rebounds for his third double-double this season ... Belcore did not have a double-figure scoring game in 2010-11, but has 10 in Penn's last 20 contests ... Belcore also tied a season/career high with four steals ... Sophomore guard Steve Rennard was held scoreless for the first time in 11 games ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini ended up playing 10 minutes; he missed most of the week's practice due to injury.

Record Book Watch: Senior guard Zack Rosen hadthree assists, giving him 569 for his career which is the program's all-time record ... He has 154 assists this season, which is eight shy of the single-season record shared by David Klatsky (2000-01) and Ibrahim Jaaber (2006-07) ... Rosen played 36 minutes, giving him 3,971 for his career which is also a program mark ... Rosen has 1,618 career points which puts him fourth on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Keven McDonald is third, with 1,644 from 1976-78.) ... Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,435 career points which puts him 11th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Bruce Lefkowitz is 10th, with 1,443 points from 1984-87.) ... Rosen has 212 career three-point field goals which is fourth all-time. (Jeff Schiffner is third with 220 from 2001-04.) ... Bernardini has 196 career treys, which is seventh all-time. (Garett Kreitz is sixth with 199 from 1995-98.) ... Rosen has made 400 career foul shots which is fifth all-time. (Ernie Beck is fourth, with 419 made free throws from 1951-53.) ... Rosen has 149 career steals which is fourth all-time (Matt Maloney is third, with 157 from 1993-95), while Bernardini has 128 steals which is ninth (Paul Chambers from 1989-92 and Shawn Trice from 1992-95 are tied for seventh with 134.) ... Rosen has started 109 games in his career which is third all-time. (Jack Eggleston is second, with 111 starts from 2008-11.) ... Bernardini has made 100 career starts which is tied with current head coach Jerome Allen for seventh all-time (Michael Jordan and Geoff Owens are tied for fifth, with 101 starts each.) ... Bernardini has played 3,176 career minutes which is eighth all-time. (Langel is seventh, with 3,245 minutes from 1997-2000.)

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