Box Score (PDF)
DAVIDSON, N.C. -The stage was set for Jerome Allen's first game as Penn's interim head coach. The team had practiced strong, worked hard, and was excited and upbeat heading into Monday night's game at Davidson.
Reality quickly set in, however, as the Wildcats were patient, athletic, and accurate on offense in the first half. Davidson shot 56.3 percent from the field in the opening stanzaand made eight of its 14 three-pointers to build up a 46-19 lead by the break.
Penn continued to play hard, and basically played the 'Cats to a stalemate in the second half, but it wasn't nearly enough in a 79-50 Davidson win.
With the loss, the Quakers fell to 0-8 on the season, while the Wildcats improved to 5-8 with their second win in a row. Penn will play at Duke on December 31 to close out the calendar year and this holiday road trip.
Considering Cornell beat this same Davidson team just eight days prior, the result does not bode well for the Quakers going forward. However, given the changes that have occurred with the leadership of the program since Penn's last game, the coaches have been preaching that this trip to North Carolina is more about the Quakers than their opponents.
After all, Rome wasn't built in a day.
Penn faced a number of obstacles heading into Monday night's game. Tyler Bernardini and Larry Loughery did not even make the trip. Andreas Schreiber, who re-injured his shoulder in practice last week, is once again listed as "indefinite." Mike Howlett suffered a foot injury Sunday and was on the bench alongside Schreiber. Add in the 16-day layoff, and the Quakers were looking at an uphill climb before the referee had even thrown the ball up to start this game.
That hill quickly became a mountain. Davidson scored the game's first eight points, and later used a 16-3 run to go up 29-10 with just 12 minutes gone. The advantage reached 20 with just under four minutes left in the opening half, and was 27 when the teams went to the locker room.
The second half was much improved, especially at the start. Sparked by Zack Rosen, the Quakers went on a nine-point run over a two-minute span that closed Davidson's gap to 19 (52-33) with just under 14 minutes left. However, the Wildcats responded with 19 of the game's next 23 points to re-establish its dominance at 71-37.
Rosen ended up leading Penn in scoring with 14 points; he also had four rebounds and a team-high four assists. Jack Eggleston scored nine points and snared a team-leading eight boards. Darren Smith knocked down a pair of treys and finished with eight points.
For Davidson, Brendan McKillop -- the son of Wildcats head coach Bob McKillop -- had a game-high 19 points and knocked down five of seven three-point shots. He also had four assists without a turnover, and two steals. Jake Cohen had 12 points, while Will Archambault and Ben Allison scored 10 apiece. Archambault added nine boards and five assists.
Penn's game at Duke will begin at 6 p.m. and air nationally on ESPN2.
Penn Game Notes: The game was Penn's first under interim head coach Jerome Allen ... Penn had a season-high four blocked shots and season-low 11 turnovers .... Unfortunately, the Quakers also had season lows in free throws made (6) and attempted (9), and assists (8) ... Sophomore Zack Rosen scored 14 points, his sixth straight game scoring in double figures (17.1 ppg) ... Rosen has led Penn in scoring in five of eight games this season ... Rosen has had four or more assists in every game this season ... Junior Jack Eggleston led Penn with eight rebounds, the first time he has led the team in boards in a game this season ... Junior Zack Gordon had two points and a season/career high with two rebounds in 12 minutes ... Freshman Brian Fitzpatrick tied a season/career high with four rebounds, and set new personal bests with two blocked shots and 19 minutes ... Freshman Malcolm Washington tied a season/career high with three points and set a personal best with two assists ... Freshman Tommy Eggleston saw his first collegiate action, playing two minutes at the end of the game ... Injury List: Tyler Bernardini, Larry Loughery, Andreas Schreiber, Mike Howlett.
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