Men's Basketball Edged By Navy, 70-68


ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team was shut out over the final 5:21 of Saturday's game with Navy at Alumni Hall, and the Midshipmen took advantage by scoring the final nine points to beat the Quakers, 70-68.

Penn fell to 2-2 with the loss, while the Midshipmen are now 3-4.

Numbers of Note
*Penn had four players finish in double figures, with another (Matt Howard) scoring nine before fouling out with 4:36 to play.

*Overall, nine different players scored for Penn.

*Penn tied Donahue-era lows in foul shots made (4) and attempted (6), and took no free throws in the second half.

*Junior Caleb Wood led Penn in scoring for the second game in a row, with 15 points. He hit three three-pointers.

*Sophomore Jackson Donahue hit four treys -- as many as he had in the Quakers’ first three games combined -- to finish with 12 points, and he also had six assists which is a career high.

*Junior Matt MacDonald scored 10 points on Saturday, more than he had in Penn’s first three games combined (9). He also led the Quakers with six rebounds and dished off three assists.

*Freshman AJ Brodeur also had 10 points for the Quakers.

How It Happened
The game went back and forth through the first eight minutes, and was tied 18-18 before Navy went on a 7-0 run that eventually became a 14-4 streak and put the Midshipmen up 32-22. Penn got five of those points back immediately, thanks to a Jake Silpe foul shot and a pair of buckets from MacDonald, but then Navy used a 9-2 run to turn its 37-31 lead into a 46-33 advantage. Darnell Foreman closed the half with a three-pointer, but the Midshipmen took a 10-point lead to the locker room at halftime.

Navy shot 61.5 percent from the field, made seven of its 11 three-point baskets, and had 13 assists on its 16 baskets in the first period.

Penn asserted itself quickly in the second half, using an 11-0 run to turn a nine-point deficit into a two-point lead. Wood sandwiched a pair of treys from in front of the Penn bench around a Donahue three, and then Brodeur gave Penn its first lead since 14-13 when he blew by his defender for a layup to make it 52-50.

Up 56-55, Penn used another 7-0 run to go up by eight. Wood scored the first five points in the streak, one bucket coming from beyond the arc and another on a layup, and then Brodeur capped it off a feed from Foreman. 

Penn’s lead was 68-61 after Donahue hit his fourth trey of the game with 5:21 left. As it turned out, that would be all the scoring for the Quakers on this day.

Navy’s comeback began inauspiciously, Tom Lacey hitting one of two foul shots with 4:36 left to make it 68-62. Another 1:10 would pass before Shawn Anderson hit a jumper to make it 68-64. At the other end, a three-point miss by Wood was rebounded by Donahue, but then Brodeur missed in the lane. Both teams then missed again -- for Penn, Foreman missing a contested off-handed layup -- before a Lacey shot was blocked by Brodeur but ended up back in the Mids’ hands. Eventually Bryce Dulin laid it in, and the score was 68-66 Penn with 1:45 to play.

Brodeur missed a jumper that would have made it a two-possession game again, and Anderson snared the board for Navy. He was then fouled by MacDonald, and made one of two free throws to make the score 68-67. With the shot clock winding down on Penn’s next possession, and less than a minute to play overall, Foreman drove the lane but was off the mark with his shot and Lacey came down with his game-leading 14th rebound. After a timeout, Navy worked the ball to Dulin on the left side; he drove in, drew two defenders, and dished to Anderson on the baseline for a layup and the lead. 

Penn had a chance to win it after that, but Wood drove the lane and was called for a charge as he dished off to MacDonald for what looked like it might be a game-winning layup with just 1.4 seconds left. Anderson was fouled on the inbounds, hit the first, then purposely missed the second and Penn could not get a shot off from the rebound.

Next Up
Penn finally plays its home opener on Tuesday, hosting defending NCAA champion Villanova at 7 p.m.

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