HANOVER, N.H. -- The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team has had success lately, winning eight of 10 games entering Friday's contest at Dartmouth. Part of the reason the Quakers have had that success is because of the way they have valued the basketball and the way they have been taking it away from their opponents.
On Friday, the Quakers were again at it defensively, coming up with 10 steals (including five by Ibrahim Jaaber) and forcing 18 Big Green turnovers. That offset an uncharacteristic 19 turnovers by Penn in a 70-51 victory at Dartmouth's Leede Arena.
Penn improved to 13-6, 5-0 in the Ivy League, while Dartmouth fell to 3-17, 1-6 in the Ivies.
Jaaber led the way with a game-high 21 points, many generated from the havoc he created defensively. David Whitehurst came up with 15 points, while Eric Osmundson had 13 points, all in the second half.
Dartmouth was able to hang around through the first six minutes of Friday's game, before Jaaber spurred an 11-0 Penn run with a pair of steals that led to slam dunks and a three-pointer that made the score 20-8. The Big Green came back with11 of the next 14 points, though, as the Quakers went cold from the field going nearly seven minutes without a field goal. At the half, Penn led, 31-23.
Penn's lead hovered between single and double digits for several minutes into the second half, before the Quakers finally shook the pesky Big Green with a 9-2 run midway through the stanza that made the score 57-40. Penn's lead peaked at 21 with just more than a minute remaining.
Penn -- which remains the only unbeaten team in the Ivy League -- now travels to Cambridge, Mass. to take on Harvard. The Crimson are coming off a tough, 60-59 loss to Princeton Friday night, and fell to 4-3 in the Ivy League. Saturday night's game will tip off at 7 p.m. andbe televisedlive on CN8. Also a reminder that Saturday's game will air on WXPN Radio as well as on the Internet at www.pennathletics.com.