Philadelphia, Pa. - The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team defeated Yale, 65-41, in its Ivy League opener Jan. 28 atThe Palestra. Sophomore Steve Danley scored a career-high 16 points to lead Quakers in double-figures.
The Red and Blue (8-7, 1-0 Ivy) started the first half on an 11-0 run and held the Bulldogs (4-10, 0-1 Ivy) without a field goal for the first 3:40 on the game. Yale did not score another field goal until 11:30 remaining in the first stanza. Danley gave the Quakers their largest lead of the half at 19 with a tip-in at the 3:06 mark. Three players were in double figures heading into the locker room - Danley (11), sophomore Mark Zoller (10) and senior Tim Begley (10). Penn hit 50 percent ofits shots in the first 20 minutes.
Penn increased its lead to as many as 30 on a three-point play from sophomore Ryan Pettinella with 4:38 remaining in the game. Pettinella stole the ball from Yale's Dexter Upshaw and passed off to Begley. Begley missed the three-pointer, but Yale could not convert on the other end. Freshman David Whitehurst grabbed the rebound and handed off to Begley, Begley dishedthe ballto Pettinella who dunked the ball and drew the foul. Pettinella nailed his free throw to complete the play.
Begley finished the game with 15 points, while Zoller nearly missed a double-double with 14 points and nine boards. Edwin Draughan led the Bulldogs with 10 points.
The entire Penn bench saw action in the game as the Quakers shot 43.3 percent from the field. Penn won the battle on the glass, out-rebounding the Bulldogs, 43-38.
The Quakers take a four-game win streak into their next Ancient Eight contest against Brown., who won their Ivy opener against Princeton, 57-52, on Friday night. Penn hosts the Bear on Jan. 29 at 7 p.m.