Men's Basketball Can't Catch Temple, Falls 73-56

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team was down just six points to Temple with eight minutes left, but unfortunately the Quakers could get no closer as the Owls pulled away down the stretch for a 73-56 victory.

Temple, which dropped out of the national Top 25 Monday, improved to 13-4 overall; Penn fell to 5-8 on the season, with the non-conference finale coming Saturday night when the Quakers play Saint Joseph's at The Palestra.

On the surface, Penn had no business keeping up with Temple. The Quakers committed 23 turnovers in the game and struggled to get open shots. Of their 43 field goals, Temple blocked nine of them. This is a city rivalry game, though, and strange things are bound to happen. When Jack Eggleston laid home a feed from Miles Cartwrightoff an inbounds play with just one second left on the shot clock, Penn was within six at 51-45.

Temple immediately responded with a layup from Ramone Moore, though, and then after Eggleston missed the front end of a 1-and-1 Temple's Juan Fernandez buried a jumper. That made the score 55-45.

Zack Rosen -- who was held to just seven points on the night -- hit one of two foul shots to get one of the points back, Fernandez hit another jumper and then Penn-killer Khalif Wyatt laid one up and in to push the Owls' lead to 59-46.

Bernardini gave Penn some hope, knocking down a trey, but Wyatt matched that shot at the other end and then Moore converted a Penn turnover into a pair of free throws. That made the score 64-49 with four minutes left, and Penn had nothing left in the tank to repeat last week's late run at La Salle.

Bernardini finished the game with 17 points and five rebounds, knocking down four three-pointers in the process to give him 101 treys for his career. Eggleston -- who played his 100th game in a Penn uniform --had 15 points, five boards and three assists.

For Temple, Wyatt led all scorers with 27 points (his previous career high was 15) and five steals, while Moore had 12 points and Lavoy Allen had 10 to go with six rebounds.

Penn and Saint Joseph's will tip off at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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