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Penn gets first win

Darien Nelson-Henry has 11 points and 10 rebounds in a victory at Navy.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Darien Nelson-Henry scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Penn snap a season-opening, five-game losing streak and beat Navy last night, 57-46.

Tony Hicks finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Penn (1-5).

Navy's Zach Fong hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 10 midway through the first half, but Hicks hit a three and Sam Jones hit two more in a 17-4 run by Penn, which took a 38-21 lead into halftime.

The Quakers extended their lead to 20 early in the second half.

A 9-1 run, which was capped by a three-pointer by Brandon Venturini, pulled Navy (2-6) within eight, 52-44, with 5:25 left, but the Midshipmen went 1-for-10 from the field down the stretch.

"I thought we played better in the second half, at least defensively,'' said Navy coach Ed DeChellis. "We just couldn't get any baskets. We tried to press a bit and break up the floor and get some transition baskets, but we couldn't convert.''

Fong and Edward Alade led Navy, which shot 34 percent from the field and 5-for-23 from three-point range, with eight points apiece.

The Quakers extended their all-time series lead over Navy to 58-24. The only team Navy has played more in basketball is Army (120 games).

Penn next plays at Binghamton (N.Y.) on Saturday at 2 p.m., then returns to host Marist at the Palestra next Tuesday night.