Tony Hicks honored with second straight Ivy League Rookie of the Week

Different week, same award.Tony Hicks

For the second consecutive week, Tony Hicks was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week after putting up a combined 47 points in Penn's two games against Dartmouth and Harvard over the weekend.

Hicks led all players in scoring for the third and fourth straight games. He put up 23 points on 7-for-14 shooting in Friday night's loss to Dartmouth. The freshman guard also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line and helped Penn take a lead late in the game.

On Saturday night, Hicks was instrumental in the Quakers' upset of then first-place Harvard, as he scored 24 points while dishing out five assists. Those assists helped fuel a strong game from fellow-freshman Darien Nelson-Henry, who added a career-high 20 points against the Crimson.

Hicks has now scored 95 points in the last two weekends for an average of 23.8 points per game. In Penn's 11 Ivy contests, he leads the Red and Blue with 15.6 points per contest.

Postgame presser: Jerome Allen and Paul Cormier

We spoke to head coaches Jerome Allen and Paul Cormier after Penn's 69-64 loss against Dartmouth. While a disappointed Allen said very little, Cormier was proud of his young team who pulled through at the end for the victory. On Tony Hicks, who scored 23 points tonight, Cormier said, “He’s someone we’re going to have to reckon with for the next three years, and quite frankly, I’m not looking forward to it.”

Game 27: Dartmouth – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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After a 17-point loss to Columbia to finish last weekend, Penn looked to reverse its momentum and beat last-place Dartmouth. But tonight, the script was flipped, as the Big Green beat the Quakers for just the fourth time at the Palestra since 1959. Here is the Good but mostly Bad and Ugly from a night to forget for Penn men’s basketball:

THE GOOD: Dau Jok makes it rain

After Penn fell behind by double digits early in the second half, the team needed a spark from its inconsistent bench. And Dau Jok was just the player to provide that spark. After hitting a three in the final minute of the first half, Jok reeled off three shots from the beyond the arc to close in on Dartmouth in the final frame. While Jok didn’t lead the Quakers in scoring (that honor, once again, went to Tony Hicks, who led the team with 23 points), the junior captain went 4-for-4 from the field and was one of the few bright spots for Penn.

THE BAD: The (failed) attempt to contain Dartmouth’s freshmen

The matchup featured just one senior combined between the two teams so it was up to the underclassmen to make something happen. And opposite Tony Hicks, it was Dartmouth’s Alex Mitola who was the star of the game. With the game tied at 61 in the final 90 seconds, the freshman guard took over, hitting two free throws before getting a game-sealing And One layup that got the Dartmouth bench fired up. The Quakers once again failed to make the necessary plays to win a close game, and another factor was Big Green freshman forward Connor Boehm, who provided 15 points and six boards off the bench.

THE UGLY: The utter lack of a crowd

It is pretty hard for a 7-19 team to attract much excitement. When you add in the fact that Penn was on Spring Break and facing the even-less exciting Dartmouth, you have a perfect storm of attendance futility. Just 1867 people (officially) came to the Palestra on Friday night to see the Quakers’ latest loss. It felt like even fewer people were in attendance as even the players noticed. Miles Cartwright said, “There was no energy in the building tonight from a crowd standpoint, so when that happens, we have to bring our own energy and we didn’t do that tonight.”

Liveblog: Penn vs. Dartmouth

The Quakers are back at the Palestra for the first time in three weeks to kick off the first of four spring break games. First up is Dartmouth (6-18, 2-8 Ivy), which Penn (7-19, 4-5) has defeated in 30 of the last 32 games. Follow along as we bring you the action live!

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Liveblog: Penn at Dartmouth — Brought to you by the Blarney Stone

With only five games left on the season, the Quakers (15-11, 7-2 Ivy) still control their own destiny. If the Red and Blue hope to capture their first Ivy League title since 2006-07, they'll need to take care of Dartmouth (5-21, 1-9). The Big Green nearly upset Penn at the Palestra two weeks ago — it took a last-minute three by Zack Rosen for Penn to get the win.

Liveblog: Penn basketball vs. Dartmouth – Brought to you by the Blarney Stone

Following a disappointing 56-50 loss to No. 25 Harvard, the Quakers (12-11, 4-2 Ivy) look to bounce back against last-place Dartmouth (4-19, 0-7). The Big Green have not won a game since Jan. 14 and are losers of 12 of their last 13. Last season, Penn swept Dartmouth, a feat the Red and Blue have accomplished in 14 of the last 15 seasons.