Providence, R.I. Four Quakers scored in double figures, including a double-double by sophomore Mark Zoller, to lead the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team to a 79-62 victory.
Begley went 4-for-8 from beyond the arc to score a game-high 22 points and needs just five more trifectas to become the all-time leading three-point scorer at Penn. His 22 points also places him 26th all-time in scoring with 1,084 points, surpassing former teammate Jeff Schiffner who finished his career with 1,081 points. Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber also had 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field, while classmate Ryan Pettinella chipped in with 10 points. Zoller had 14 points and 12 boards.
Penn (15-7, 8-0 Ivy) went on a 25-4 run in the second half to take a 31 point lead with 4:21 remaining in the game. During that stretch, Zoller scored eight of his 14 points. Luke Ruscoe opened the second stanza with a jumper for Brown (9-12, 2-5 Ivy) to pull within 31-28, but turnovers and solid shooting from the Red and Blue allowed Penn to pull ahead. The Quaker defense kept the Bears scoreless from the field for 11 minutes and held the Ivy League leading scorer, Jason Forte, to just eight points his second lowest offensive output of the season.
Forte nailed his only field goal of the game to open the first half and give the home team a 3-0 lead. Ruscoe hit a jumper to put Brown ahead, 5-2, but after Jaaber connected on a three-point play, the Quakers took control and ran out to a 23-13 lead with eight minutes left in the first half. The Bears stayed within striking distance and pulled to within five before heading into the locker room.
Penn shot 69.2 percent in the second half to give them 52.7 percent from the field for the game. The Bears shot 32.1 percent and were out-rebounded by the Quakers, 51-24. It was the first time since Nov. 23, 1999 that Penn had 50 or more boards in a game.
The Bears were led by Keenan Jeppesen, who had nine points.
Penn travels to Yale on Feb. 19 for a 6 p.m. contest with the Bulldogs. Yale (8-12, 4-3 Ivy) defeated Princeton, 56-43. The game will be broadcast on CN8.