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Brown basketball can’t hold off Penn’s offense in Ivy League opener

PROVIDENCE – Eight rides in a row.

The number of times Penn scored against Brown’s defense in the final 4:21 of Monday night’s men’s Ivy League basketball opener at the Pizzitola Center.

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Up until the final 26.1 seconds, the Quakers came down with points from the field or at the foul line every time. Andrew Laczkowski’s two strip errors broke the string, but they came after the problem was decided.

Jordan Dingle’s three free throws ensured the seventh tie of the night and put Penn on the road to victory. The Quakers pulled away with a 76-68 win and sent the Bears to a third loss in their last four games.

“We just couldn’t get the big stop when we needed it,” said Brown coach Mike Martin. “How many times did they have the ball when we were down a time or two in the last eight minutes?

“Unfortunately, they mostly scored.”

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Clark Slajchert and Dingle were the main conspirators for Penn that night. Slajchert posted a game-high 31 points and continued to inflict pain on Brown – his running floater on the horn gave the Quakers a last-second win here last season. Dingle scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and hit that number for the 11th game in a row.

“I think you have to believe those two guards,” Martin said. “Obviously her teammates found her. I think you have to give them credit for putting in a lot of hard shots in the second half.

Kino Lilly Jr. poured in 21 of his team-best 28 points for the Bears in the second half. Nana Owusu-Anane hit a double-double, amassed 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Kalu Anya’s shot from the glass at 8:38 gave Brown his final 47-46 lead of the night.

“We lost a bad one,” Lilly said. “We will prepare Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in order to prepare for this weekend in a row.”

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Quakers come into play late

Penn put that one out of reach by shooting 66.7% in the last 20 minutes.

Dingle’s bucket on the rim with 1:22 left pushed the lead to 70-63, and the Quakers held a three-ball cushion the rest of the way. The backcourt star finished 7:8 after half-time after only playing 1:4 in the first 20 minutes.

“Give them credit for what they did offensively in the second half,” said Martin. “It was the first time our defense had let a team play us so efficiently in a while. We will learn from it.”

Dingle nursed an undisclosed injury during the nonconference final against Wilkes and sat out a 93-61 cruise. He averaged 24.1 points per game, good for third place and the nation and a leader in the conference. Dingle is the son of former Massachusetts star Dana Dingle – he certainly inherited the courage of the 1996 Final Four entrant with the Minutemen.

Brown had no answers for Clark Slajchert

Slajchert finished just two points shy of a career high.

He scored 33 points in a win over Colgate earlier this season and was there again that night. Like Dingle, Slajchert missed just one of his eight shots in the second half to finish the game 11-18.

Slajchert’s crucial bucket last season gave Penn an 89-88 win here, part of a home-and-home sweep that was decided by just five points. The Quakers (8-7, 1-0 Ivy League) have now won nine of the last 10 and improved to an all-time 113-28 against the Bears (7-7, 0-1).

“They fired really hard shots on the track,” said Martin. “We looked good. We did a lot. It ended up being just a few possessions.”

Slajchert scored more than 2,800 points during his prep career in the Los Angeles area. He claimed a variety of offers, including one from Brown, but only one from Pac-12 – Washington State. His two older brothers played at UC-Santa Barbara and Dartmouth respectively.

Brown wanted to recover

The Bears had a five-point loss at Northwestern and seemed primed to perform well here.

Owusu-Anane was ready for the opening tip challenge. He had already reached his previous career best of nine rebounds by the third media timeout in the first half. It was the first double-double in Owusu-Anane’s career.

“That was our first conference game,” said Owusu-Anane. “We wanted to come in with energy. Home opener in conference play – just smashed hard against the glass.

The sales hurt Brown significantly — 16 in total, representing 22.5% of his holdings. Penn finished in the bottom 10 on forced turnovers nationally, taking that number to just 14.3% of possessions after those 40 minutes.

“We can’t turn it around,” Martin said. “I thought we were going to get decent shots when we got shots in the first half. Too often we didn’t get any shots in the first half.”

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PENN (76): Spinoso 5-9 0-0 10, Martz 2-11 4-4 8, Dingle 8-12 3-4 20, Monroe 0-0 4-4 4, Slajchert 11-18 7-8 31, Laczkowski 1-1 0 -2 3, Charles 0-1 0-0 0, Lorca-Lloyd 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Moshkovitz 0-0 0-0 0. Overall 27-52 18-22 76 . BROWN (68): Anya 3-5 6-8 12, Owusu-Anane 5-13 6-9 16, Lilly 10-18 3-5 28, Wojcik 4-10 1-3 10, Cooley 0-4 0-0 0, Ferrari 1- 4 0-0 2, Nmajor 0-2 0-0 0, Cowan 0-3 0-0 0, Friday 0-1 0-0 0. Total 23:60 16:25 68.

Halftime_Penn 25-22. 3-Point Goals_Penn 4-13 (Slajchert 2-4, Laczkowski 1-1, Dingle 1-4, Charles 0-1, Martz 0-3), Brown 6-23 (Lilly 5-9, Wojcik 1-3, Cooley 0-1, Friday 0-1, Ndur 0-1, Owusu-Anane 0-2, Cowan 0-3, Ferrari 0-3). Fouled Out_Ferrari. Rebounds_Penn 25 (Spinoso 10), Brown 34 (Owusu-Anane 16). Assists_Penn 10 (Spinoso 3), Brown 11 (Wojcik 3). Total fouls_Penn 18, Brown 16. A_740 (2,800).

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