NEWARK, Del. – Penn's first game in 2 weeks Wednesday night following final exams was a battle between evenly matched basketball teams.
Led by junior guard Zack Rosen, the Quakers (5-4) broke open a close game in the second half for a 78-68 victory at Delaware's Carpenter Center. Rosen scored 30 points, 26 of them in the second half.
After shooting just 1-for-7 from the field in the first half, Rosen finished shooting 8-for-18 from the field, 11-for-15 from the free throw line. His 30 points doubled his season average.
Penn led, 26-23, at intermission. Senior Jack Eggleston opened the second half with a field goal, raising his career total to 1,001 points. He finished with eight points.
A three-point spree by senior Jawan Carter (four consecutive treys) gave Delaware a 43-40 lead with 12 minutes 22 seconds remaining in the game.
Rosen (three points) and freshman Miles Cartwright (four points) pushed the Quakers back in front, 47-43. They never trailed again. The closest Delaware got was to within 54-53. From there, Rosen poured in eight points as Penn extended its advantage.
Cartwright finished with 20 points. Senior Conor Turley added 14 for the Quakers.
Carter led the rebuilding Blue Hens (5-4) with 21 points.
The Hens might be developing an aversion to Philadelphia teams: Their five-game winning streak was halted by Villanova on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center.
Jamelle Hagins, a 6-8 sophomore, contributed 17 points for Delaware.
In last season's meeting at the Palestra, Penn edged Delaware, 97-94, in double overtime.
Penn's next four games are on the road, including a Jan. 3 journey to Kentucky, which is currently ranked No. 13. *
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