February 20, 2010

Penn Tops Yale 81-69

Paul Nelson Posts Double-Double For Bulldogs

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Zack Rosen scored 27 points and handed out five assists to lead Penn to an 81-69 Ivy League victory over Yale before a crowd of 4,738 at the Palestra. The Quakers also got a pair of double-doubles en route to the win. Dan Monckton had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Jack Eggleston added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Zampier paced the Bulldogs with 21 points.

Yale (10-17, 4-6 Ivy) cut an eight-point halftime deficit to five on two Michael Sands free throws with 11:38 left. The Quakers missed three shots on their next possession but grabbed the offensive rebound each time. Monckton finally made the Bulldogs pay when he knocked down a three-pointer. Penn then scored the next nine points on three three-pointers to go ahead by 17, 67-50. Yale never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.

"That's going to change the game," said Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of Men's Basketball James Jones of the Quakers' four straight three-pointers. "We were fighting up hill the rest of the way."

Penn, which made only 1-of-18 treys in the first meeting between the teams in New Haven, was 7-of-19 from beyond the arc on Saturday.

"They made shots," Jones said.

Rosen was the main culprit. He was 9-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-6 from three-point range.

Sands scored 16 points for the Bulldogs, and Paul Nelson posted his third double-double of the season, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. Porter Braswell had nine points, and Raffi Mantilla added six.

Yale started strong, scoring the first six points. Penn, though, got right back in the game and took its first lead on Mike Howlett's jumper midway through the first half. The score was tied at 30 with 5:30 remaining, but the Quakers outscored the Bulldogs 15-7 to take a 45-37 lead at the intermission.

Penn (5-18, 4-5 Ivy) shot 54.8 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

NOTES: The Quakers outrebounded Yale 39-31 in the game. The Bulldogs are 0-10 this season when they are outrebounded... Yale was trying to sweep the season series from Penn for the first time since 1966-67. The Bulldogs won the first meeting 61-48 on Jan. 29... Sands was 8-of-8 from the foul line... Jordan Gibson and Josh Davis both missed the game with injuries... The Bulldogs were 3-of-17 from three-point range...  Penn's starters combined for 69 points... Yale makes it final road trip of the season next weekend, traveling to Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday. Both games begin at 7 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity