Men's Basketball Can't Catch Yale, Loses 61-48

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -All week, the coaches and players on the Penn men's basketball team had been preaching that Friday's game at Yale represented a fresh start, a chance to begin anew after a dismal 1-13 non-conference slate.

Unfortunately, it appeared the Quakers also thought things would get easier with the entry into Ivy League play. It quickly became apparent that would not be the case, as Yale scored the game's first 11 points and never looked back in gaining a 61-48 win at Payne Whitney Gym.

While Penn is now 1-14 overall and 0-1 in the Ivies, Yale improved to 8-12 overall and 2-1 in league play.

Picking up on its theme from Monday night's loss to Saint Joseph's, Penn was sloppy with the ball in the early going and that proved to be the Quakers' undoing. Penn committed 10 turnovers in the opening stanza, most of them unforced, and while Yale had eight in that time it was more about what the teams' did with those turnovers -- the Bulldogs converted Penn's 10 miscues into 17 points, while the Red and Blue converted Yale's turnovers into just four points.

Penn kept battling in the second half, and spurts of confidence and good offense allowed the Quakers to make a game of it at times. However, Yale had an answer each time and ended up cruising to the victory.

The most demoralizing segment came midway through the second half. Penn scored eight points in a row to get within six points, the closest the game had been since Yale's opening spurt. However, the Bulldogs' Reggie Willhite got in for a layup, then hit a jumper in the lane. While Penn struggled to gain the points back, Michael Grace got a layup, and then nearly two full minutes went by before Porter Braswell hit a jumper. Now the margin was back to 14, at 48-34, and less than seven minutes were left on the clock.

Penn drew within eight two more times, and with less than three minutes left Zack Rosen had a three-point shot to cut the deficit to five. Unfortunately, the shot -- like all seven of his trey attempts on the night -- was off, and the Ivy League's leading scorer, Yale's Alex Zampier, salted the wound by coming down the floor and immediately nailing a long jumper off the dribble. That set the Bulldogs off on a six-point run and effectively ended the contest.

In a game that was so even in many aspects, it was the shooting that proved the difference. Penn was a miserable 19 of 53 (35.8 percent) from the field, and made just one of its 18 attempts from beyond the arc. At the other end, Yale was an efficient 23 of 43 (53.5 percent) and drained three of its nine trifecta shots.

Jack Eggleston went all 40 minutes and led Penn with 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his fourth collegiate double-double. Despite his tough shooting night, Rosen tied for game-high honors with 14 points and also dished off six assists,while Dan Monckton scored 11 points and snared a career-best seven boards. Unfortunately, those three accounted for all but 10 of Penn's points.

For Yale, Braswell had 14 points while Greg Mangano had 10 and seven rebounds. The Quakers did an excellent job on Zampier, holding the Ivy's leading scorer to nine points and allowing him to take just six shots from the field.

Penn is back in action Saturday night at Brown; the Bears (7-13, 1-2 Ivy) fell at home to Princeton Friday night, 63-46.

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Penn Game Notes: Penn finished with fewer turnovers (13) than its opponent (14) for the second time in three games ... Penn was 9-of-12 from the free throw line, the sixth time in the last seven games the Quakers have shot 75 percent or better from the charity stripe ... Junior Jack Eggleston collected his third double-double this season and fourth as a collegian with 13 points and 13 rebounds ... Eggleston's rebound total was a career high ... Eggleston scored in double figures for the 11th time this season ... Eggleston led Penn in rebounding for the fifth time in the last six games and the seventh time overall ... Sophomore Zack Rosen led Penn in scoring for the ninth time this season, tying for game-high honors with 14 points ... It was Rosen's 12th double-digit scoring game ... Rosen also had six assists, the sixth time this season he has reached that total in a game ... Junior Dan Monckton scored 11 points, his third double-figure scoring performance in the last five games ... Monckton is averaging 9.2 points over the last five contest ... Monckton also had a career-best seven rebounds ... Freshman Malcolm Washington got his first collegiate start in place of Rosen, who was benched for the game's first few minutes due to a violation of team rules ... Freshman Sean Mullan returned to action after missing the last five games with a thumb injury; he totaled a minute of action late in the game.

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