Philadelphia, PA - On a night when Bears' junior guard Sean McGonagill scored his 1,000 career point, road-weary Brown, playing its fifth straight game away from home, could not overcome a 28-point performance by Penn's Miles Cartwright, falling to the Quakers by a 71-48 margin at the Palestra.
The loss drops Brown to 8-12 overall and 2-4 in the Ivy League, while Penn moves to 5-17 overall and 2-3 in Ivy play.
McGonagill became the 25th player in Brown history to score 1,000 or more career points when he reached the milestone moment at the 19:07 mark of the second half on a conventional three-point play. He finished with 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds, and now has 1,006 career points.
The Bears were led by senior Matt Sullivan, who scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and made five steals.
Providing an imposing force in the Bears' front court, freshman forward Cedric Kuakumensah tied the Brown school record with seven blocked shots against the Quakers, equaling the mark set by Andrew McCarthy against Dartmouth last season. His seven blocks rank seventh best in the Ivy League record book. Kuakumensah put together an interesting final stat line with seven blocks, six rebounds and five points.
Brown's first year head coach Mike Martin, who was an assistant coach at Penn for the previous six years, didn't enjoy his homecoming. "I really didn't enjoy coming back tonight," said Martin. "You have to credit coach Jerome Allen and his players. Our team played hard and wanted to win, Penn needed to win."
Cartwright controlled the court for the Quakers, connecting on 9-of-13 field goals, including 5-of-6 from behind the three-point arc. He also grabbed seven rebounds and handed out five assists. Tony Hicks added 15 points for the Quakers.
While the Quakers were at home from behind the three-point arc, hitting 9-of-15 treys (60-percent), Brown struggled for the second straight night, connecting on just 2-of-18 treys (11-percent).
Brown led the Quakers, 20-16, on a lay-up by Kuakumensah with 6:16 left in the half. When Kuakumensah and sophomore center Rafael Maia out of the lineup with foul trouble, Penn rallied and grabbed the lead at the half, 28-25, on a three-point play by Cartwright with 40 seconds left in the half.
Penn out-scored the Bears 12-5 to open the half and build a 10-point lead, 40-30, on a Cartwright trey with 15:44 left in regulation. Brown cut the Quakers lead to four points, 40-36, on six straight points by Sullivan.
The Quakers blew open the game and grabbed an 18-point lead, 56-48, with a three-point barrage, capped off by another Cartwright trey at the 8:30 mark.
Brown returns home after a five-game road trip next Friday, February 15, hosting Columbia at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The game will be televised live on MYRITV, starting at 7:05 pm.