PhiladelphiaSenior guard Tim Begley scored a career-high 29 points to lead the Penn men’s basketball team past La Salle, 78-67, in the Big 5 Classic on Dec. 4 in The Palestra. With the win, the Quakers extend their winning streak to three. Begley also had a new career best nine field-goals made as well as a new career mark from behind the three-point arc, where he made eight. In addition, the senior tied a career high with 17 field-goal attempts.
The Quakers got off to a sluggish start, not scoring a field goal until four minutes into the gameon a lay-up by senior Jan Fikiel. From that point, Penn (4-2) put together a lead over the Explorers that stood at 39-32 at halftime. After the half, La Salle (1-3) battled back behind Steven Smith, who finished the game with 24 points, to draw within one at the 11:59 mark. A trey from sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber put the Quakers up four before Sherman Diaz did the same for La Salle, pulling the game to within one at the 10:30 mark. Penn, bolstered by Begley’s 11 second-half points, extended its lead to as well ad 16 and cruised to an 11-point victory.
Jaaber scored 13 points for the Red and Blue, his second-consecutive game in double figures, joining teammate Mark Zoller, a sophomore forward, who had 11 points in the contest.
La Salle’s Jermaine Thomas scored 15 points and was the only other Explorer in double figures.
With the win, Penn moves to 4-0 in The Palestra and looks ahead to its next game on Dec. 8 when it travels across the city to take on Temple University at 8 p.m.
Written by Kim Parker