Men's Basketball Can't Catch Lafayette, 77-62

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EASTON, Pa. -The Penn men's basketball team got a pair of yeoman efforts Sunday afternoon at the Kirby Sports Center against Lafayette, but it was not enough as the Quakers fell to 0-10 on the season with a 77-62 loss to the Leopards.

Sophomore Zack Rosen notched a career-high 30 points, while junior Jack Eggleston tied a career high with 19 points and added 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. However, the rest of the Quakers shot just 5-of-22 from the field and scored a combined 13 points.

Despite all those obstacles -- along with a season-high 24 turnovers -- the Quakers put themselves in a position to make this a game down the stretch. Penn was down by 18 with less than 13 minutes to play, but outscored Lafayette 15-4 over a 3:45 span that was punctuated when Rosen knocked down his career-high sixth three-pointer. That made the score 59-52 with 8:40 still to go, and you started feeling like maybe, just maybe, the Quakers might be able to sneak up and catch the Leopards.

Lafayette (8-6) responded, though, as Jim Mower drained HIS sixth trey to put the lead back at 10. Penn refused to go away, and was still down by seven with just under three minutes to play. However, Dan Monckton was called for a foul when he tried to get his fourth steal of the day in the open court, and Jeff Kari hit one of two free throws. At the other end, Darren Smith missed a jumper, and Lafayette got the rebound and went patient on offense. Rosen fouled Tony Johnson, who hit both freebies, and then a Penn turnover led to two more Johnson free throws and a 12-point game.

Eggleston hit two more foul shots with 1:01 to play, but those were the only points Penn could muster in the final 2:39.

After a sloppy start, both teams settled down and gave the crowd an entertaining first half. The Quakers twice built a lead of as many as six points -- their largest lead in any game since Nov. 21 against Delaware -- and were still up with eight minutes left before halftime.

However, after a cold start the Leopards got their offense going and the Quakers seemed helpless to stop them. Lafayette started the game 1-for-7 from the field, but went 12-of-20 the rest of the stanza and used a 14-3 run to gain the lead. Rosen hit four treys after that to try and keep Penn in the game, but when Lafayette point guard Michael Gruner tapped in a rebound at the buzzer the Leopards were up 39-30 as the teams went into the break.

Mower -- who played his high school ball at St. Joseph's Prep -- finished with 21 points to lead the Leopards, while Willen had 12 points and eight rebounds. Jared Mintz and Kari had 10 points apiece.

Penn returns to action Wednesday night at UMBC, the last of a five-game road trip that will ultimately span 36 days. The Quakers and Retrievers will tip off at 7:30 p.m.

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Penn Game Notes: Penn hit 10 three-point shots for the fourth time in the last eight games ... Penn outrebounded its opponent for the fourth time this season, and the margin (+6) tied for largest this season (also Dec. 12 at Monmouth) ... Penn shot a season-best 87.5 percent from the foul line, although only two Quakers got to the line (Rosen 10-12, Eggleston 4-4) ... Sophomore Zack Rosen scored a career-high 30 points, the first 30-point game by a Quaker since Ibrahim Jaaber had 32 against Seton Hall on Dec. 23, 2006 ... Rosen also knocked down six three-pointers, the most by a Penn player since Jaaber had six against Harvard on Feb. 24, 2006 ... Junior Jack Eggleston tied a career high with 19 points; he had previously done it two other times, including earlier this season against Delaware ... Eggleston also matched his season high with 11 rebounds -- he also did it against Drexel -- to collect his second double-double of the season and third of his collegiate career ... Sophomore Rob Belcore went scoreless for the first time this season but had a career-high eight rebounds ... Junior Dan Monckton set a career best with three steals.

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