POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Playing its first game in 15 days, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team was blitzed by Marist in the first half and could not recover, falling to the Red Foxes Sunday afternoon at the McCann Arena, 76-62.
Penn fell to 2-7 with the loss, while Marist won its second game in three days and its third in a row after a 0-9 start.
Penn was up early, 15-13, before Marist absolutely ran away with this game. The Red Foxes hit three-pointers on three consecutive possessions and added a free throw to make the score 23-15. Fran Dougherty finally ended the run with a bucket for Penn, but Marist responded with a pair of treys from Manny Thomas that made the score 29-17. In all, the Red Foxes converted for at least one point on nine straight possessions en route to building a 35-22 lead.
The knockout blow came in the final four minutes of the half. Holding that 35-22 lead, Marist scored 12 of the last 14 points before the break and took a 47-24 lead into the locker room. It was an amazing stretch -- after missing their first four three-pointers of the game, the Red Foxes went 8-of-9 the rest of the half in building their lead. (They would go 0-of-6 beyond the arc in the second half, by the way.).
Penn used an eight-point run midway through the second period to get within 14 points, the capper coming when Miles Jackson-Cartwright hit a three-pointer with 6:10 left. However, that was as close as the Quakers got the rest of the way.
Penn played the game without big man Darien Nelson-Henry, who stayed in Philadelphia after suffering a concussion during the week of practice. It showed. Marist outrebounded the Quakers 45-32, led by Adam Kemp (13 rebounds) and Jay Bowie (10). Kemp also had 12 points for a double-double. Khallid Hart led all scorers with 21 points, while Chavaughn Lewis had 14 and Manny Thomas added 12.
Penn had 12 different scorers, but did not place anyone in double figures in scoring; Fran Dougherty and Tony Hicks had nine each to lead the Quakers. Dougherty also had nine rebounds to lead the way.
Penn is off until next Sunday, when the Quakers face Rider at noon. That game will be televised live on the Comcast Network.
Game Notes: Penn got 30 points from its bench, a season high … Marist shot 43.5 percent from the field, the eighth of Penn’s nine opponents this season to shoot below 45 percent … Penn committed 13 turnovers, its lowest total in six games … Penn had no players reach double figures in the scoring column, a first in the Jerome Allen coaching era … Penn’s 24 first-half points tied a season low for the first half (also Penn State), and the 23-point halftime margin was tied for the largest deficit this season (also 47-24 to Penn State) … Penn was outrebounded by its opponent for the first time in five games … Senior Fran Dougherty led Penn in rebounding for the fifth straight game, with nine … In that stretch, Doc has averaged 9.2 boards per game … Junior Henry Brooks set a career high with three assists … Sophomore Julian Harrell set a career high with seven points … Freshman Tony Bagtas set a season/career high with two steals … Senior Cameron Gunter set a season high in points (6) and tied a season high in rebounds (4) … Senior Steve Rennard set a season high in points (3) … Junior Greg Louis set a season high in minutes (18), while freshman Matt Howard tied his season/career high in that category (6) … Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright scored nine points, giving him 1,183 for his career which is 27th in Penn history; Jeff Neuman (1964-66) is 26th with 1,187 and Matt Langel (19997-00) is 25th with 1,191 ... Jackson-Cartwright came off the bench, due to a thumb injury. The last time he played in a game but did not start it? Dec. 10, 2011 at UCLA ... Prior to Sunday's game, Jackson-Cartwright had started 88 of the previous 90 games he had played (aside from UCLA, the only other non-start was Penn's Senior Day game against Princeton on March 8, 2011).