PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Penn Quakers maintained their position atop the Ivy League standings with their 20th victory of the season in a 74-46 win over the visiting Dartmouth Big Green at the Palestra on Friday night in front of 2,355 fans. Penn (20-7, 10-1 Ivy) swarmed the Dartmouth shooters all night, holding them without a 3-pointer all evening (0-for-17) while winning the battle of the boards, 45-30, in handing the Big Green (6-18, 2-9 Ivy) their worst loss of the season.
Ryan Betley and Caleb Wood each had 12 points, while Max Rothschild added 11 more to lead a balanced Quaker offensive effort as 11 different players had at least one field goal, and Darnell Foreman led all players with a career-high 11 rebounds.
The Big Green got a game-high 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting from freshman Chris Knight, but no other player had more than six as Dartmouth shot 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the floor and 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the foul line.
Penn never trailed in the game, jumping out to a 9-0 lead before Big Green head coach David McLaughlin called a timeout. The reset seemed to help Dartmouth as it knocked down its next four shots, staying within striking distance of the Quakers at 14-8.
After almost four minutes without a point for either side, Penn broke the ice on a Devon Goodman layup, and after two Rothschild layups, the Quaker lead hit double digits at 20-10. A free throw and a Knight jumper closed the gap to seven for Dartmouth, only to have Rothschild drop in another basket and Wood rip the net from distance for his first of two 3-pointers and a 12-point lead, 25-13.
With a 28-17 lead and less than four minutes left in the half, Penn doubled its lead with 11 straight points thanks to 3-pointers by Goodman, Betley and Wood. Sophomore Will Emery provided the final points of the half with a putback, but the Big Green went into the locker room facing their largest halftime deficit of the season at 39-19.
The Quakers shot 52 percent (13-of-25) in the opening stanza, and nearly that well from beyond the arc (6-of-13, .462) while Dartmouth managed a mere 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from the floor with 11 of those misfires from long range.
In the second half, the Big Green tried to get back into the game with four buckets in the first five minutes, three by Knight, but the difference continued to hover around 20 points. Penn scored the next six points, all on layups, leading to another Dartmouth timeout with the score at 52-27 with just under 12 minutes remaining.
Four minutes later, Jarrod Simmons came off the bench and dropped in a rainbow of a 3-pointer to increase the bulge to 30 points, 62-32. The Quakers led by as many as 33 before settling for the final 28-point margin.
Dartmouth will look to regroup tomorrow night when it plays at Jadwin Gym at 6 p.m. against a Princeton team that has lost seven straight after an overtime loss to Harvard this evening. The Big Green won the first encounter in Hanover two weeks ago, 72-56, and are shooting for just their second season sweep of the Tigers (11-15, 3-8 Ivy) since the Ivy League began formal play in 1956-57. The game will be televised by Eleven Sports Network and streamed live on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices. Penn will host Harvard (15-11, 10-1 Ivy) tomorrow night in a battle of the conference co-leaders.
Notes: The last time Dartmouth failed to hit a single 3-pointer was three years ago at Princeton when it went 0-for-9 from distance on Jan. 31, 2015 … the Big Green had not lost by 20 or more points since the season finale last year at Princeton … Knight, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, leads Dartmouth with 15 games scoring in double figures … the Big Green had a season-low six assists, half by sophomore Brendan Barry who needs just two more to become the first Dartmouth player with 100 assists in a season since Flinder Boyd ’02 in 2001-02.