HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth took a 55-51 into the final four minutes, but the Ivy-leading Penn Quakers rallied to tie before taking the lead for good in the final minute, escaping Leede Arena with a 64-61 victory on Friday night. A.J. Brodeur hit the go-ahead shot with 42.9 seconds left and finished the game with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double for Penn (17-6, 7-0 Ivy), which won its fifth straight to remain perfect in conference play.
Sophomore Will Emery provided his first career double-double for the Big Green (4-16, 0-7 Ivy) with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while senior Miles Wright led the squad with 16 points. Dartmouth was held to a season-low 27.9 percent shooting from the floor (17-of-61), but made up for it with a 21-of-24 night at the foul line (.875).
Sophomore Brendan Barry, who finished with 11 points, rained down his third 3-pointer of the night with 4:35 to play to give Dartmouth its 55-51 advantage. But more than four minutes passed before the Green would dent the scoreboard again after the Quakers had ripped off eight straight points.
Brodeur tied the game at 55 with 2:48 on the clock, slipping a screen for an easy layup. Three times Dartmouth had an opportunity to reclaim the lead as Penn turned the ball over on its next two possessions, but the Big Green could not take advantage, misfiring on all three possessions.
With the score still tied with less than a minute left, Penn called a timeout and set up a play in which Brodeur hit a short right-hand hook on the baseline for the lead and 42.9 seconds remaining. Barry tried for his fourth triple, but was off the mark, and Ryan Betley was fouled on the rebound. Penn’s leading scorer on the season converted both ends of the one-and-one for the four-point lead, then hit two more after Dartmouth knocked down just the second of two foul shots for a 61-56 lead.
The Big Green would not yield, however, as senior Taylor Johnson hit a tough 3-pointer in the corner with 10.5 seconds left to close the gap to two. When Betley sank just 1-of-2 free throws, Dartmouth had an opportunity to tie the game with a 3-pointer. The Quakers denied that opportunity, however, by fouling Johnson bringing the ball up the floor. He hit both to make it a one-point game. After Darnell Foreman drained two foul shots, the Big Green made another run to get a 3-pointer off, but Max Rothschild stole a pass to end the game.
“I thought we executed very well in the first half as we forced them into numerous tough shots,” head coach David McLaughlin said after the game. “We didn’t shoot the ball well, but in the second half, we got settled into a good inside-out game, which is how we need to play. But down the stretch, they seemed to get better looks at the basket than we did, but we had some shot we are going to have to make to close out these games. Failure is hard, but it is the biggest tool we have as coaches to help the players get ready for tomorrow.”
Dartmouth hit the boards hard in the opening stanza, grabbing 10 offensive rebounds while keeping Penn without a single one, leading to 10 second-chance points for the Big Green. Emery and freshman Aaryn Rai provided nine of those 10 caroms as Dartmouth held a 25-17 advantage on the glass at the intermission and a 43-34 edge overall.
But Penn made it tough for the Big Green shooting the ball as they hit just 8-of-37 (.216) in the first 20 minutes. Despite the paltry shooting percentage, Dartmouth trailed by just three at the break, 27-24, as the Quakers scored the final four points of the half. The Big Green led by as many as six in the first half on two occasions with less than five minutes until the break, but Penn outscored them, 11-2, over the final 3:30.
In the second stanza, the Quakers quickly boosted their lead to their largest at eight on a Brodeur banked 3-pointer and a layup before McLaughlin called a timeout. A Barry 3-pointer and four straight free throws by Wright just as quickly closed the gap back to one, and the teams were separated by no more than four points for just 27 seconds the rest of the way.
The Quakers finished the game shooting 41.1 percent (23-of-56) with six 3-pointers in 20 attempts (.300) and 75 percent (12-of-16) at the charity stripe with seven of those makes in the final 30 seconds. Brodeur was 9-of-13 from the floor in scoring his 20 points, while Foreman had 15 on 5-of-7 with a triple and a perfect 4-for-4 at the line. Betley also chipped in double figures with 12 points with seven coming at the line.
Not a single Big Green player knocked down even half of their field goal attempts with Emery the most accurate at 4-of-10. But Wright and Emery were both perfect on free throws, hitting 15 combined, as Dartmouth stayed in the game with its sharp-shooting at the foul line.
Dartmouth will look to end its 10-game skid tomorrow evening when it hosts Princeton (11-11, 3-4 Ivy) which has dropped three straight following tonight’s 66-51 loss at Harvard. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. in a game that will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices, with Bob Lipman and Jay Burnham calling the action, and televised on tape-delay at 10 p.m. on Eleven Sports Network. Big Green fans can also listen live locally on KOOL FM (106.3 and 96.7) and anywhere in the world on koolnh.com with Brett Franklin on play-by-play and Bill Murphy providing color.
Notes: The Dartmouth shooting percentage was its lowest since Nov. 13, 2012 when the Green hit just 26.7 percent against New Hampshire (16-of-60) ... Rai grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the game in just nine minutes of action ... the last losing streak of 10 games or more came in the 2010-11 campaign when Dartmouth dropped its last 11 contests ... Penn snapped a three-game skid in the series with the Big Green and a four-game losing streak at Leede Arena.