NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The University of Pennsylvania used a dominant second-half performance Tuesday night to defeat Central Connecticut State at the Blue Devils’ Detrick Gymnasium, 87-65. The Quakers were up just six at the half, but exploded with 52 second-half points and led by as many as 29 in cruising to its second win of the season.
By The Numbers
*As a team, Penn hit 14 three-pointers which is two shy of the program record which has been set twice. The 14 treys came on 31 attempts (45.2 percent).
*Caleb Wood hit seven three-pointers (on 10 attempts) and finished the game with 25 points which is a Penn player high for this season. The last time a Penn player hit seven treys in a game was February 7, 2015, when Sam Jones did it at Columbia.
*Matt Howard finished two points shy of a career high with 21 points, going 8-of-9 from the field and knocking down three treys. He also led the Quakers with eight rebounds.
*Darnell Foreman came off the bench to score 12 points, going 5-of-6 from the field.
*Matt MacDonald was the only started who did not score, but he led Penn with four assists. As a team, the Quakers had 18 assists on their 32 baskets and turned it over a season-low 10 times.
How It Happened
The first half was defined by runs on both sides, but the most dominant was an 11-0 streak by Penn that turned a tie game into a 26-15 advantage. CCSU chipped away after that, though, and got as close as four points before Max Rothschild hit a baby hook at the halftime buzzer to send the Quakers to the locker room up, 35-29.
Penn’s first four field goals in the second half were all three-pointers, two of them from Wood. CCSU answered three of them, but the fourth set the Quakers off on an 11-0 run that pushed their lead from eight (44-36) to 19 (55-36). CCSU never got closer than 14 points. Penn hit eight of its first 11 three-point attempts in the period, and led by as many as 29 with just under four minutes left in the game (83-54).
Penn returns to action on Saturday at Navy, tipping off with the Midshipmen at 2 p.m.