NEWARK, Del. - The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team met up with Delaware for the second time in this young season, and after falling to the Blue Hens by 15 in November the Quakers fell short again on Friday night at the Bob Carpenter Center, 83-60.
Penn (2-8) played Friday night's game without the services of starters Miles Cartwright, Henry Brooks and Steve Rennard as well as bench players Tony Hicks and Darien Nelson-Henry. All five dressed but sat the game due to a violation of team rules. In addition, Simeon Esprit -- who was hurt in practice since the last time Penn played, on December 8 -- did not dress, and Keelan Cairns has left the team for the spring semester to have surgery and rehab on his back.
That left just seven players available Friday, and while they fought valiantly they inevitably wore down as Delaware (4-8) pressed the play throughout.
Fighting back in the face of adversity, Penn's starting lineup of Camryn Crocker, Fran Dougherty, Dau Jok, Jamal Lewis and Greg Louis jumped out quickly, scoring 12 of the game's first 14 points after only three minutes.
Delaware appeared dazed by the opening punch, but the Blue Hens recovered. Using their inside prowess, they overcame a 0-for-13 performance on three-point shots by grabbing 14 offensive rebounds for 18 second-chance points. Delaware scored 11 straight points late in the half, and grabbed a lead it wouldn't relinquish on Jarvis Threatt's layup with 3:49 to play that made the score 25-24. The Blue Hens' lead was 32-26 at the break.
Louis singlehandedly kept Penn afloat through the second part of the opening stanza. Penn scored 10 points in the final 10 minutes before halftime, and Louis had all of them. He had already accumulated a double-double by the break, and ended the game with a game-high 19 points as well as 11 rebounds.
After missing all of its trey attempts in the first half, it was probably inevitable that Delaware would work to get that part of its game going to start the second half. Sure enough, Devon Saddler hit back-to-back treys before the half was two minutes old, and just like that the Hens' lead was double digits, at 38-26. Penn never got the deficit back inside single digits after that.
Dougherty nearly had a double-double along with Louis, going for 18 points and nine rebounds. Patrick Lucas-Perry -- one of two players to come off the bench, along with Cameron Gunter -- had nine points on three three-pointers. For Delaware, which finished with a staggering 51 rebounds (24 on the offensive glass), Jamelle Hagins had 18 points and 13 rebounds while Threatt also scored 18 points. Saddler and Terrell Rogers had 12 points apiece.
Penn returns to action next Saturday, traveling to Wagner to face the Seahawks at 4 p.m.
Game Notes: Penn fell to Delaware for the second time this season, and now leads the series with the Blue Hens 18-6 ... Penn played the game without juniors Miles Cartwright and Steve Rennard, sophomore Henry Brooks, and freshmen Tony Hicks and Darien Nelson-Henry due to a violation of team rules ... As a result, only seven of the 12 players who were dressed saw action ... Penn went 8-of-10 at the foul line, its .800 percentage being a season high ... Delaware took 81 shots in the game and had 51 rebounds, both opponent highs in the Jerome Allen coaching era ... Sophomore Greg Louis had his first collegiate double-double with career highs in points (19) and rebounds (11); his previous highs were eight points and three boards ... Louis led the team in points and rebounds for the first time in a game this season ... Junior Fran Dougherty scored 18 points, his best output since scoring 20 against Fordham on Nov. 19 ... It was Dougherty's team-leading seventh double-figure scoring game this season, and the 10th of his career ... Dougherty also had nine rebounds to finish one board shy of his fifth double-double this season ... Sophomore Patrick Lucas-Perry had nine points on a career-high three three-pointers, his best output since he scored 15 in the season opener against UMBC ... Sophomore Camryn Crocker set a career high with five assists ... Junior Dau Jok, who made his first collegiate start on Friday night, tied a career best with six rebounds and played a career-high 35 minutes (previous high 18).