Penn Tops Brown, 55-54, in Controversial Ending

Providence, Rhode Island - Junior Dan Monckton’s lay-up off a missed three-point basket was ruled good at the buzzer by the officials to give Penn a controversial 55-54 win over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center.

The replay viewed later clearly showed the basket came after the buzzer sounded and the red light on the backboard was lit. In fact, Monckton had yet to touch the ball when the clock hit 0:00 and the buzzer sounded. Unfortunately for the Bears, replay was not available at the scorers’ table so the referee’s decision stood.

Brown drops to 7-15 overall, 1-3 in the Ivy League, while Penn goes to 2-14, 1-1 in league play.

With Brown clinging to a one-point lead, 54-53, the Bears missed a one-and-one with six seconds remaining. The Quakers hurried the ball up court and Zack Gordon missed a trey with les than two seconds left on the clock. The ball hit the rim, then the backboard and Monckton grabbed the rebound and laid the ball up for the game winning shot.

Freshman Tucker Halpern led the Bears with 14 points, while senior Matt Mullery added 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore Zack Rosen tossed in a game high 19 points for the Quakers, while senior Jack Eggleston scored 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Monckton finished the game with 11 points.

After leading by three points at the half, 26-22, Brown built a nine point second half advantage, 44-35, on jump shot by Halpern with 10:10 left in the game. The Quakers cut the Brown lead to one point, 48-47, on two free throws by Rosen with 4:41 left to play.

Brown pulled ahead by five points with 33 seconds remaining, 54-49, on two Halpern free throws. A lay-up and then two free throws by Rosen with six seconds left cut the Brown lead to 54-53.

Brown grabbed an early 24-11 lead following a baseline jump shot by sophomore Marques Coleman with 5:58 left in the first half.

But the Bears were scoreless for the next 5:57 as the Quakers went on an 11-0 run to trail, 24-22, on a thee-point basket by Conor Turley with 1:11 left in the half. Senior Matt Mullery scored for the Bears at the buzzer to give Brown a 26-22 lead at intermission.

Junior Garrett Leffelman was Brown’s third double figure scorer with six points, while also pulling down six rebounds.

The Bears will be back in action again next Friday and Saturday, February 5 & 6, at Columbia in New York City, and Cornell in Ithaca, New York.