HANOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Ibrahim Jaaber scored 22 points to lift the Penn to an 80-78 victory over Dartmouth in Ivy League action Saturday.
Penn (19-9 overall, 10-1 Ivy League) ran out to a big early lead and then held on for its 21st consecutive victory against Dartmouth.Brian Grandieri and Mark Zoller each scored 13 points to entrench Penn at the top of the league. Steve Danley added 12 for the team, which built a 17-5 lead five minutes into the game.Leon Pattman scored 20 points for Dartmouth (9-16 overall, 4-8 Ivy), which fought back to within 38-32 at the half and took its first lead of the game, 61-60, on a Pattman jumper with 7:40 remaining.Alex Barnett added 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots for Dartmouth while Elgin Fitzgerald had 12 points off the bench and DeVon Mosley added 11 points.Dartmouth took a 65-64 lead with 6:28 remaining, but Jaaber tied the game on the first of two free throws and gave Penn the lead for good on the second.Dartmouth was trailing by three points with 15 seconds left and missed back-to-back 3-point shots to tie the game. Danley iced it with a pair of free throws. Pattman closed out the scoring with a long 3-pointer at the buzzer.Penn shot 59.1 percent from the field in the second half and 57.4 percent on the game.Dartmouth outrebounded the visitors, 31-24, and fought back with 51.7 percent shooting in the second half.