Men's Basketball Downed by Drexel, 77-56

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team was done in by a Drexel surge to start the second half, and the Quakers had no answer as the Dragons took a 77-56 decision Saturday night at The Palestra.

The loss was Penn's second in a row and dropped the Red and Blue to 1-2 on the young season. Drexel, which hadn't played since its opener eight days ago, improved to 2-0.

Penn was up, 25-19, with eight minutes left in the first half, before a 9-1 Drexel run put the Dragons ahead, 28-26. That eventually turned into a 38-33 halftime lead for the visitors.

The end of the first half was mere prelude, unfortunately. Penn went ice cold to start the second stanza, and Drexel took advantage by scoring the first 11 points. That pushed the Dragons' lead to 49-33, and the Quakers never got closer than 14 the rest of the way.

This neighborhood series has been a tight affair in recent years, and the early indications were that Saturday night's matchup would be no different. In front of a boisterous crowd of 6,879 that was anchored by nearly full student sections at both ends, Penn used a furious start to get things going positively. Andreas Schreiber, in particular, scored seven of Penn's first 11 points. Tyler Bernardini followed with a layup, and then Jack Eggleston hit a three-pointer that pushed the Quakers out to a 16-10 advantage. That lead crested at seven twice, at 20-13 and again at 23-16 when Zack Rosen matched a traditional three-point play by Drexel's Chris Fouch by hitting a three-pointer from distance.

With the score 25-19, Fouch hit a trey and then Dartaye Ruffin knocked down a layup and was fouled. He hit the free throw to tie the game with 6:47 left before the break.

Eggleston briefly stopped the drought with a foul shot, but Fouch hit another three-pointer to give Drexel its first lead of the night.Penn freshman Miles Cartwright answered with his own three from deep in the corner, but Fouch got fouled and hit both free throws to make the score 30-29 with3:41left before the half. Drexel never trailed again in the game.

Fouch ended the game with 26points, while Derrick Thomas dropped 23 and had six rebounds. Ruffin finished with a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Samme Givens finished with 10 boards. As a team, the Dragonsoutrebounded Penn by a staggering 42-19 count, pickingup 15 offensive boards and outscoring the Quakers in second-chance points 16-9.

Egglestonled Penn with 15 points, but after averaging 11 rebounds per game inthe Quakers' first two contests he was held to just one board on Saturday night.Rosen finished with 13 points and also had five assists without a turnover.Bernardini had nine points, while Schreiber and Cartwright had seven apiece.

Penn will be back at home on Tuesday, hosting Lafayette at 7 p.m.

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