Gamecenter: Dartmouth 53, Penn 73

1st 2nd Final
Dartmouth (7-13, 2-5 Ivy) 26 27 53
Penn (13-8, 4-1 Ivy) 40 33 73
The Palestra – Philadelphia, PA Boxscore
Postgame audio
Dartmouth: Terry Dunn
Penn: Glen Miller & Mark Zoller
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Dartmouth cut its deficit to just five on a Marlon Sanders layup with just over four minutes left in the half, but Penn would close out the half with a burst. Darren Smith grabbed his own miss and Tommy McMahon scored on the second chance. While Dartmouth was missing a shot and committing three straight turnovers, Steve Danley scored a layup and jumper and Smith added a lay-in for a quick 8-0 run that gave Penn a 36-23 lead. Alex Barnett hit two free throws and each team hit 1 of 2 at the line in the minute, before Kevin Egee drilled a three-pointer from in front of the Dartmouth bench in the final seconds of the half to send Penn into the locker room with a 40-26 lead.
Key sign it was over Penn had held a comfortable lead throughout the second half, but Dartmouth wouldn’t go away completely until nine unanswered Quaker points midway through the final stanza turned a 14-point game into a 61-38 blowout. Kevin Egee got things started with a jumper at the 11:31 mark, then after a Mark Zoller free throw, Danley tipped home his own missed tip-in. When Zoller sank a pair of free throws with 9:25 remaining, Penn’s lead hit the 20-point mark for the first time on the evening. A Brian Grandieri layup would finish off the spurt — and the Big Green.
Key performance Zoller. With neither Ibby Jaaber nor Grandieri hitting field goals in the first half (Jaaber had four first-half points and Grandieri didn’t score), Zoller led all scorers at intermission with 12 points, despite spending much of the half on the bench with foul trouble. The senior forwrad finished with 19 points on 4-of-6 shooting — including two three-pointers — adding three rebounds and three assists in a mere 22 minutes.
Key statistic Dartmouth came into the game 93rd in the country in turnover percentage at 20.1 percent, but the Big Green turned it over 21 times — 30.9 percent of its possessions. Dartmouth had several possessions where it threw the ball directly out of bounds, without any pressure on the passer. Penn scored 23 points off the 21 turnovers and also had 12 fast break points.

– Danley broke out of an extended slump with 15 points and nine rebounds — though the 74.5-percent free throw shooters was just 1 of 7 at the line.

– Barnett was the high scorer for Dartmouth with 13 points, albeit on 4-for-12 shooting from the field.

– The Big Green was without leading scorer Leon Pattman, who didn’t make the trip due to a stomach virus. Pattman hadn’t practiced since Tuesday, and Terry Dunn said he hopes the senior will be able to resume practicing by Wednesday.

– Four Quaker starters scored in double figures, with Smith and Jaaber joining Zoller and Danley.

– Dartmouth’s 17 offensive rebounds were a season high, but despite grabbing six more offensive boards than Penn, Dartmouth led in second chance points by only five, at 16-11.

– Penn only attempted two three-pointers in the second half, missing both. The Quakers went attempted only 14 threes on the night, matching their season low.

– Dartmouth heads across the river to face Princeton (10-9, 1-4 Ivy) on Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 pm ET, while Penn hosts Harvard (10-11, 3-4 Ivy) at 7:00 pm ET.

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Daniel McQuade

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