PHILADELPHIA (AP) –– Steve Masiello took a look at the box score, and was not surprised. The first-year Manhattan coach scanned Penn’s statistics to find that Quakers’ guard Zack Rosen had taken Masiello’s Jaspers for 20 points in 40 minutes, and simply nodded his head.
“I’ve known Zack a long time, since high school,” said Masiello, a former Louisville assistant who recruited the New York metropolitan area for Cardinals’ coach Rick Pitino. “He makes everyone around him better, and he made some tough shots. He is one of the top three point guards in the country, no question.”
On Tuesday, he played like it.
Rosen, a native of Colonia, NJ, also had five assists and was 5-of-5 from the line, as Penn outlasted Manhattan, 75-72, in front of 1,938 fans at the Palestra.
Miles Cartwright had 14 points and three steals as the Quakers (4-4) snapped a three-game losing streak.
George Beamon had 16 points, four rebounds, and was 8 of 8 from the line, and Kidani Brutus and Liam McCabe-Moran had 13 points each for the Jaspers (3-4), who have lost three straight.
Penn was the third Ivy League team to play Manhattan this season. The Jaspers previously defeated Brown, 54-52, and lost to Columbia, 59-41.
This one was much closer than the latter, but Penn’s Tyler Bernardini nailed an open three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:11 left to give Penn a 71-67 lead, forcing a Jaspers timeout. Bernardini finished with 12 points and five rebounds.
“We all know that Tyler can make shots,” Penn coach Jerome Allen said. “I hope that he responds to this, and I think he will.”
Manhattan missed two three-point attempts, and three shots overall on the next possession, before forcing the Quakers to the line, where they finished 14 of 18.
“We have a ton of work to do,” Allen said. “I won’t be blinded by a W. If we don’t close out possessions the right way, we’re going to get beat.”
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