Men's Basketball Demolished by No. 7 Duke

Box Score (PDF)

DURHAM, N.C. -The Penn men's basketball team hit the wrong team at the wrong time Thursday night, as No. 7 Duke ran over and around the Quakers in every which way en route to a 114-55 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Penn players, coaches and fans will have no problem turning their calendars tomorrow morning. 2009 has been memorable for a lot of the wrong reasons, and in a perverted way Thursday night's result seems a most appropriate way toput a cap onit. The 114 points scored by Duke were the most ever allowed by a Penn team, breaking the previous record of 113 set by the Blue Devils' Tobacco Road neighbor, UNC, on March 12, 1987. The 59-point deficit was far and away thebiggest in program history, surpassing a 98-49 loss Penn suffered at UCLA on Dec. 14, 1987. It also moved the Quakers to 0-9 on the season, tying the program's longest losing streak (originally set during the 1981-82 season) and gave this team the worst start in program history.

Penn actually held the lead in this game, as Darren Smith stroked a three-pointer on the Quakers' first possession. However, Duke (11-1) was bigger, stronger, more athletic and absolutely bullish after that and the undermanned Quakers had few answers. A 7-6 game quickly moved to 23-8 in favor of the Blue Devils, then to 32-9, then 40-11. Penn played Duke even the rest of the way in the half, and were down 58-29 at the break.

The teams matched baskets to start the second half, but that was the last time Penn would be within 30 points of the Blue Devils as they continued their assault to the delight of a capacity crowd of 9,314 at the Stadium.

Jack Eggleston led Penn in scoring (13 points), rebounds (5) and assists (4), while Zack Rosen and Smith scored 10 points apiece. Brian Fitzpatrick added seven, while senior Justin Reilly saw his first game action of the season and had six points in 14 minutes.

Duke placed five players in double figures, led by Nolan Smith with 23 points and Kyle Singler with 20. Jon Scheyer had 19 points and 11 assists. Miles Plumlee scored nine points but had 10 rebounds.

There is no rest for the weary, as Penn flies back to Philadelphia tomorrow morning and begins preparation for Sunday's game at Lafayette. The Quakers and Leopards will tip off at 1 p.m.

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