Men's Basketball Dumped by La Salle, 68-57

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PHILADELPHIA -The score was 60-55, La Salle. Penn had the ball. The Palestra was rocking.

The Quakers had made up eight points on a 13-point deficit, and had just held the Explorers to a shot-clock violation. With less than two minutes remaining, it was clear this possession would be one of the biggest of the night.

Penn senior Zack Rosen lofted a three-pointer, but on a night when he struggled from the field this one was off the mark. Up went Fran Dougherty, he of the career-high 14 points and six rebounds on the night. Soaring above La Salle's Earl Pettis, he tapped the ball back toward the basket and it fell through.

Only one problem: the whistle blew.

Dougherty was called for over the back. The points were taken off the board. Instead, the players went to the other end, and Pettis knocked down a pair of free throws.

Instead of 60-57, the score was 62-55.

Penn never recovered. La Salle scored the next six points, and a final Miles Cartwright basket was all the Quakers could muster in response as the Explorers escaped the Palestra with a 68-57 decision.

La Salle (13-4) has now won six in a row and 11 ofits last 12 games, while Penn fell to 7-9 overall with the loss.

La Salle rolled to start the game, jumping out to a 9-0 lead before the contest was five minutes old. As it turned out, it was a lead the Explorerswould never relinquish.

Penn scored nine of the game's next 12 points to draw back into it as Rosen scored five and assisted another bucket in the run. The Explorers jumped back out to a double-digit lead, at 25-13, but once again the Quakers picked it up offensively. This time it was a 12-3 run by the hosts, and when Tyler Bernardini knocked down a three-pointer with 3:07 to play the score was 28-25, La Salle.

The visitors had a third run in them. Tyreek Duren answered Bernardini's trey with one of his own, and then after Rob Belcore hit a pair of foul shots to make the score 31-27 Sam Mills knocked one down from beyond the arc before Duren hit for three the old-fashioned way. D.J. Peterson then stole a Penn pass and was fouled as he went in for the layup. That added up to an 11-2 run and a 39-27 lead. Bernardini hit two free throws to close out the halftime scoring and make it a 10-point game at the break.

Penn scored the first four points of the second half, too, and it was just 39-33 early in the stanza. La Salle's lead was only seven, at 45-38, but then the Explorers sandwiched a pair of Sam Mills layups around two Duren free throws and suddenly it was a 13-point game at 51-38.

The Red and Blue got within eight points and had a few chances to cut even deeper into La Salle's lead, but a few empty possessions were exacerbated when Early Pettis got free for a layup and was fouled as he put it through. The made free throw put the score at 56-45 midway through the second stanza.

It was still 60-47 when Penn made its final run in what proved to be a Sisyphean night. Camryn Crocker, who had assisted Cartwright beautifully on the Quakers' previous basket, scored himself to make it 60-49, and then Henry Brooks stole the ball out top and was fouled as he went in for the layup. He hit both freebies.

Both teams missed a few opportunities after that, before Dougherty scored on a nice move on the low post to make it 60-53. Nearly two full minutes went by before anyone scored, but when Bernardini drained a jumper off a Rosen feed, the score was 60-55 with 2:45 to play.

After Dougherty's foul and Pettis' foul shots, Rosen then missed a shot in the lane. The Explorers came down to the other end, and Duren knocked down an off-kilter layup while being hacked. He drained the free throw, and just like that La Salle's lead was back to 10 at 65-55. Penn would not threaten again.

Dougherty led Penn with his 14 points, while Bernardini had 12. Rosen finished with eight points, just his second time held in single digits this season, but dished out nine assists and was in line for plenty more. Brooks scored nine points.

For La Salle, Duren led all players with his 21 points and he also had six assists. Pettis scored 18 points, while Mills had 12. Jerrell Wright led all players with nine rebounds.

Penn is in action twice this weekend, opening Ivy League play with the annual road swing through New York. The Quakers play at Columbia Friday night at 7 p.m. and follow up with Cornell in Ithaca Saturday night at 7 p.m.

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Penn-La Salle Game Notes: Penn lost to La Salle for the fifth straight year, making this tied for the Quakers' longest losting streak to the Explorers (also five in a row from 1948-57) ... Penn's point total was its second lowest this season, and the Quakers set team season lows in field goals made (19) and field-goal percentage (.339) ... Penn shot 15-of-16 from the foul line; in the last three games, the Quakers are a combined 43-of-46 (.935) at the charity stripe ... Penn had more assists than turnovers for the fifth time in six games, and had fewer turnovers than its opponent for the third time in four games ... Sophomore center Fran Dougherty led Penn in scoring with a career-high 14 points, becoming the fourth different Penn player to lead the team in scoring in a game this season (Zack Rosen, Tyler Bernardini, Miles Cartwright are the others) ... It was Dougherty's third double-figure scoring game this season and in his career (10 vs. Temple, 10 at Davidson) ... Bernardini had 12 points, his 13th double-figure game this season ... Rosen was held to single digits in the scoring column for just the second time this year (also 8 at UCLA) ... However, Rosen had nine assists, giving him 100 for the season and making him the first player at Penn to have four 100-assist seasons (the stat became an official individual stat in 1978-79) ... In the last two games, Rosen has 13 assists and two turnovers ... This was Rosen's 100th career game at Penn ... Freshman forward Henry Brooks scored nine points and set a season/career high with two steals ... RECORD BOOK WATCH: Senior guard Zack Rosen had nine assists in the game, giving him 515 for his career which is Penn's all-time record ... Rosen has 1,420 career points which puts him 11th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Mark Zoller is 10th, with 1,429 points from 2004-07.) ... Bernardini has 1,319 career points which puts him 15th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Tony Price is 14th, with 1,322 points from 1977-79.) ... Rosen has played 3,548 career minutes which is sixth all-time. (Ibrahim Jaaber is fifth, with 3,569 minutes, while Jerome Allen is fourth with 3,570.) ... Rosen has 190 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time, while Bernardini is seventh all-time with 180 treys. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.) ... Rosen has made 374 career foul shots which is seventh all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.) ... Rosen has started 98 games in his career, eighth all-time. (Koko Archibong is seventh, with 99 starts.) ... Bernardini has 92 career starts which is 10th all-time. (Mark Zoller is ninth, with 94 starts

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