Penn falls at Dartmouth, 67-58

Posted: February 02, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. - A long season got a little longer for the Penn men's basketball team Friday with a 67-58 loss to longtime Ivy League doormat Dartmouth.

The Big Green, which has won a total of nine league wins over the last five seasons, played without all-Ivy center Gabas Maldunas, his backup, and a starting forward, but nonetheless rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit for its first victory over the Quakers at Leede Arena since Jan. 31, 2009.

"I didn't like anything about it," said Penn coach Jerome Allen, whose team visits league leader Harvard on Saturday. "They just played harder and wanted it more. We had 18 turnovers, and the majority were unforced. We're not patient, and we don't have the best vision."

Penn had won seven consecutive games against Dartmouth before the Big Green won in Philadelphia last winter. The Big Green entered Friday having won just two of its last 20 games against the Quakers at Leede Arena.

Penn's Fran Dougherty had 19 points and seven rebounds, and teammate Miles Cartwright had 13 points. The Quakers fell to 4-12 overall and 1-1 in league play while Dartmouth improved to 8-9 and 1-2.

Penn appeared to be in good shape when it led, 28-21, at halftime. Dartmouth called timeout 30 seconds before the intermission but could only produce a long and errant three-point attempt. Miles Cartwright then took an inbounds pass with five seconds to go and dribbled the length of the court and through four defenders to put in a layup as the horn sounded.

"That was inexcusable," said Dartmouth guard Alex Mitola. "Coach [Paul] Cormier really dug into us at halftime."

Dartmouth guards Mitola and John Golden combined for just six points during the first half before exploding for 34 during the second stanza. Golden was on the receiving end of a flagrant foul by Tony Hicks with three minutes remaining that resulted in the Quaker's ejection. It was Hicks' second technical of the night and also his fifth personal foul.

Penn made 51 percent of its field goals but attempted just 37 shots from the floor.

"We didn't take advantage of our opportunities, and we disrespected the game, and that falls directly on me," Allen said.

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