Penn Rallies For 54-43 Win Over Brown

Philadelphia, PA – Senior All-Ivy guard Zack Rosen scored 11 of his game high 19 points in the second half to lead Penn to a 54-43 come-from behind Ivy League win over Brown Friday evening at the Palestra.  The win keeps the Quakers a half game behind first place Harvard in the Ivy standings with a 10-2 Ivy record, 18-11 overall, while Brown falls to 8-22 overall, 2-11 in the Ivy League.

 

Bears' junior Matt Sullivan tied the game, 36-36, on a trey with 8:12 left in the game. Senior guard Tyler Bernardini gave Penn the lead for good, 39-36, with a trey from the right corner with 8:02 left on the clock. 

 

Sophomore forward Dockery Walker pulled the Bears to within two points. 42-40, with 5:12 left in the game, but that was as close as the Bears would get as Penn out-scored Brown, 12-3, down the stretch.

 

Four of Brown's five starters played 40 minutes – sophomore Sean McGonagill, Sullivan, senior Jean Harris and junior Tyler Ponticelli - while the fifth, Walker, played 34 minutes.

 

"I thought our kids played tremendous," said Brown head coach Jesse Agel.  "This group put in a lot of minutes and we just ran out of gas in the waning moments of the game."

 

Harris led Brown with 16 points, including 13 in the first half as Brown held a 24-22 advantage. Walker registered a double-double for Brown with 12 points and a game high 14 rebounds.

 

The Bears played without junior forward Andrew McCarthy, their leading rebounder, who stayed back in Providence to take an exam.  He should be available for Saturday's game against Princeton.

 

Rosen connected on 9 of 17 field goals in scoring his 19 points.  Senior Miles Cartwright netted 11 points for the Quakers, while Bernardini scored all of his 10 points in the second half.

 

Brown had the better of play in the first half, leading by as many as eight points, 21-13, on a trey by Harris with 4:34 remaining. The Quakers battled back cut Brown's lead to 24-22 at intermission. Harris finished the half with 13 points, connecting on 5 of 6 field goals, including 3 of 4 from behind the three-point arc.

 

Pictured:  Dockery Walker '14 scored 12 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against Penn.  Photo by Tim Sullivan

 

The Bears will complete their 2011-2012 season Saturday night at Princeton, with tip-off at 7:30 p.m.