Easton, Pa. Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber scored a career-high 24 points to lead the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team to a 85-63 victory over Lafayette College at the Kirby Sports Arena on Jan. 18.
Jaaber was one of two players in double figures as senior Eric Osmundson tied his career-high with 20 points. Senior Tim Begley made history tying Dave Wohl’s record for assists in a game with 13. Begley had nine helpers at the half.
For the second straight game, the Quakers (6-7)shot 50 percent or better from the field. Penn hit 17-of-33 (51.5 percent) shots in the first half and 78.6 percent from the free throw line in the second. The Red and Blue out-rebounded their opponent, 41-26, and dished out 20 assists.
Osmundson opened the second stanza with a shot from downtown, sparking a 16-4 run by the Red and Blue and holding the Leopards (5-11) to just one field goal en route to a 63-45 lead with 11:45 remaining in the game.
With the score tied at 23 with 11:22 remaining in the first stanza, Penn went on a 10-2 run. Sparked by a Jan Fikiel jumper, Jaaber hit back-to-back field goals including one of four trifectas, while free throws from sophomore Steve Danley and senior Eric Heil put the Quakers up 36-27. But the Leopards rallied back with four points from the charity stripe ands bucketfrom beyond the arc to pull Lafayette to within two. After a media timeout, a trifecta by Begley andfour points from sophomore Ryan Pettinella put the Red and Blue back on top 47-39 heading into the locker room.
Marcus Harley led the Leopards with 14 points, while Andrei Capusan had 11 points.
The Red and Blue return to The Palestra for their last non-conference tilt when they face Saint Joseph’s on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.