TOLEDO, Ohio — Jaelen Sanford scored 15 points, Nate Navigato added 14, and Toledo picked up its 10th straight with a 77-45 victory over Penn on Saturday, ending the Quakers' six-game win streak.
Willie Jackson grabbed 16 rebounds and scored eight points, and Luke Knapke had 10 boards and nine points for the Rockets (12-1), who held Penn to 31-percent shooting.
Navigato's layup amid an 8-0 run broke open back-and-forth play and Toledo led 30-25 on Marreon Jackson's jumper with 2:44 left in the first half and 34-27 at halftime. Navigato hit back-to-back 3-pointers amid a 12-4 run for a 48-34 Toledo lead with 14:42 to go, and the Rockets won going away.
AJ Brodeur had four steals, blocked three shots, grabbed seven rebounds and scored 19 points for his 1,000th career point for Penn (10-3), becoming the 41st player in program history to hit the milestone. Bryce Washington added nine boards.
Tre'Shaun Fletcher scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, Jaelan Sanford added 19 points and Toledo pulled away in the final six minutes to defeat Penn 85-72 on Friday.
There were 15 ties and eight lead changes with Marreon Jackson breaking the last tie with a 3-pointer with 5:59 to go that put the Rockets ahead 64-61. Toledo missed its next two shots but made its final five, including a pair of 3-pointers and a dunk by Nate Navigato.
The Rockets (8-5) also made six free throws in the final minute and was 12 of 13 in the second half, to go with 18 for 25 shooting, including 4 of 5 behind the arc. It is the second straight game they shot at least 70 percent in the second half. Navigato finished with 14 points and Jackson 12.
Ryan Betley had 20 points, 11 in the first half when Penn (9-5), which had a four-game winning streak snapped, led 37-33. Darnell Foreman added 16 points and Max Rothschild had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Jaelan Sanford set career highs with 31 points and eight assists to help Toledo beat Saint Joseph's 98-87 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.
The Rockets jumped to an 18-4 lead to start the game and never trailed despite a late challenge from the Hawks. Saint Joseph's closed the deficit all the way to 66-64 when Shavar Newkirk made a trio of free throws with 9:44 left in the game.
Nate Navigato's 3-pointer ended that run and sparked an 18-6 Toledo run from which the Rockets never looked back.
Toledo made 14 of 25 from 3-point range. Sanford was 4 of 6 from the arc and 11 of 16 overall from the field. Navigato added five 3s and tied a career high with 22 points, and Tre'Shaun Fletcher scored 13.
Newkirk led Saint Joseph's with 21 points, James Demery and Taylor Funk added 16 each, and Lamarr Kimble scored 10.