Men's Basketball Stuns Brown, 55-54

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -Say this about the Penn men's basketball team: the Quakers are certainly dramatic with their Ivy League wins of recent vintage.

Last year, of course, the Red and Blue's final conference victory came when Kevin Egee drilled a long three-pointer at the buzzer at Columbia.

On Saturday at Brown, junior Dan Monckton may have done the graduated Egee one better.

With Penn down, 54-53, and the game clock expiring, Monckton was able to grab a desperation Zack Gordon three-point attempt that fell short. In one motion, Monckton flipped the ball into the basket as the red light went on and the buzzer sounded.

The Penn bench thought the shot was taken in time.

The Brown bench thought it was too late.

The referees, after a dramatic pause, ruled in favor of the Quakers.

That touched off a chaotic scene. Penn went wild in celebration, and retreated to the locker room before a change could be made. Brown coach Jesse Agel stormed the court in protest.

But here was the thing: the game was not televised, so no replay could be used to determine whether the refs were right or wrong. Forever, the game goes into the books as a 55-54 Quaker win.

The irony is that the first half ended in almost exactly the same fashion, except in Brown's favor. On that play, an Andrew McCarthy trey attempt was snared by Matt Mullery who then put it in at the buzzer on a bucket that was also ruled good.

Apparently, what goes around comes around.

The win was Penn's second this season and improved the Quakers to 1-1 in the Ivy League. Brown fell to 7-14 overall, 1-3 in Ivy play.

For Monckton, the bucket capped off an 11-point night which matched his career high that was originally set in Penn's first win this season -- January 6 at UMBC -- and matched just last night at Yale. That complemented a 19-point night by Zack Rosen and another sterling performance from Jack Eggleston, who nearly had his second double-double in two nights with 18 points and nine rebounds.

(Oh, and by the way, Monckton's tip-in gave Penn its first lead since 4-3)

Penn was down, 52-47, with just 45 seconds left after Brown's Adrian Williams knocked down a layup. However, Rosen quickly matched him at the other end. The Quakers fouled Brown freshman Tucker Halpern, who knocked down both free throws to put the lead back at five with 33 seconds to go.

Rosen again drove the lane and hit a layup, making the score 54-51, and then the Quakers forced Halpern to travel in the backcourt off the ensuing inbounds. Brown chose to foul Rosen with its three-point lead, and the strategy seemed to work when the sophomore missed the front end of his 1-and-1 opportunity. The Bears' Peter Sullivan grabbed the rebound and was quickly fouled.

Sullivan missed his front end, though, and when Brown again decided to foul Rosen he atoned for his previous transgression by draining both free throws. Halpern once again got the ball and was fouled on the inbounds, but he missed and that set the stage for Monckton's heroics. Belcore rebounded the ball and got it to Rosen, who whipped it up the court to Gordon, who took the shot that Monckton put back for the win.

This was a gut-check game for Penn, one that gained urgency midway through the first half when the Quakers fell behind by 13 to the Bears, at 24-11. Luckily, the Red and Blue scored 11 unanswered points over a four-minute span that made the score 24-22 before Mullery's bucket ended the half.

Brown's biggest lead in the second half was nine points (44-35), but that disintegrated in an eight-point Red and Blue run that was started by consecutive treys by Rosen and Monckton.

Sullivan scored on a layup, though, and then Mullery finished a Williams feed to make the score 48-43. Penn came back with four points in a row from the foul line, first from Eggleston and then from Rosen, but once again the Bears opened up to five points thanks to Mullery and then Williams.

Halpern led the way for the Bears, coming off the bench to score 14 points, dish out two assists and collect two blocked shots. Mullery also filled the box score with 12 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals, while Garrett Leffelman had 10 points, six boards and three steals.

Penn returns to action two more times next weekend, traveling to Dartmouth Friday and Harvard Saturday.


Penn Game Notes: The win was interim head coach Jerome Allen's first in Ivy League play ... Penn has won three in a row against Brown ... Penn has not lost a one-point game since the end of the 2005-06 season ... Penn won for the first time this season when trailing at the half; prior to Saturday, the Quakers were 0-13 in such contests ... Penn is 2-0 under Coach Allen when shooting (and making) more free throws than its opponent ... Penn committed a season-low nine turnovers ... For the weekend, Penn had a +2.5 turnover margin (Penn 22/opponents 27) ... Penn outrebounded Brown 37-29, its second-largest margin over an opponent this season (+14 vs. UMBC) ... Penn went 14-of-17 from the foul line (82.4 percent), the seventh time in the last eight games the Quakers have shot 75 percent or better at the line ... Brown shot 20 of 45 (44.4 percent) from the field, the third time in the last five games Penn has held its opponent below 45 percent ... Zack Rosen led Penn in scoring for the ninth time this season, with 19 points ... Rosen has scored in double figures in 12 of the last 13 games (19.3 ppg in that span) ... Junior Jack Eggleston nearly had his second double-double in as many nights, with 18 points and nine rebounds ... Eggleston led Penn in rebounding for the second straight game and the eighth time overall this season ... Eggleston's point total was one shy of his career high ... For the weekend, Eggleston had 31 points and 22 rebounds ... Both Rosen and Eggleston played all 40 minutes; for the weekend, Eggleston played all 80 minutes ... Junior Dan Monckton, who had the winning shot in Saturday's game, matched a career high with 11 points for the second time in as many nights ... Senior Darren Smith matched a season high with three rebounds ... Junior Conor Turley played a season/career-high30 minutes and tied a season best with seven boards.

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