Men's Basketball Falls in OT Thriller, 73-67

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PHILADELPHIA -It may have been the earliest Big 5 game in history, according to the calendar. But the show that Penn and Temple put on Monday night at The Palestra only added to the legendary annals of this city series.

The Owls ended up with the win, 73-67, but it took overtime. In the process, both teams provided several thrills for their fans. If you were new to the rivalry, welcome. This was as good as it gets.

It was 69-67 with just 7.1 seconds left in the extra session after Zack Rosen hit a three-pointer, his seventh of the game as part of another sparkling offensive performance (27 points). Penn called timeout to set its defense, but when Temple went to inbound the ball the Quakers' Miles Cartwright was called for a flagrant foul. That was followed by a technical on Penn head coach Jerome Allen. Although T.J. DiLeo missed both technical foul shots -- ball don't lie, folks -- Juan Fernandez hit his, and then the Owls got the ball back. This time DiLeo was fouled, and he made them to set the final score.

Both coaches would probably agree, it was unfortunate to see the game taken out of the players' hands after they had built a classic.

Penn had a chance to win in regulation. With the score tied 57-57 in the final minute, Rosen had a shot blocked by DiLeo, then Tyler Bernardini missed a jumper at the elbow with 33 seconds left. Temple came down, but didn't even get a shot off as Fernandez was called for a carry as he started to make a move to the basket with seven seconds left. That set the stage for one final Penn shot, and the crowd groaned as Bernardini's three-point shot at the buzzer hit the front rim and bounced away.

After the teams went to halftime tied, 28-28, Temple led almost the entire second half, but its largest lead in the period was five points. It was that type of game.

The score was 52-47 Owls with six minutes left, but Rosen hit a jumper and then Bernardini knocked down a layup off a Rosen feed to make the score 52-51. Ramone Moore (15 points) put Temple back up by three with 3:14 left, and then after Fran Dougherty made one of two free throws Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson shook free for a layup that made the score 56-52.

Penn refused to go quietly. Bernardini hit another layup with 2:03 to play, and then after a Temple turnover Rosen knocked down a big-time three to give Penn its first lead since 30-29 at the start of the half. Moore tied it up by hitting the second of two foul shots with 1:10 remaining, setting the stage for the final empty possessions.

Dougherty ended the night with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots, while Rob Belcore, Miles Cartwright and Bernardini all had eight. Cartwright led the Quakers with seven rebounds, while Rosen had six assists.

For Temple, Fernandez finished the night with 19 points and five assists, while DiLeo (10 points) joined Moore and Hollis-Jefferson (10 points) in double figures. Micheal Eric had a game-high 10 rebounds to go with nine points.

Penn plays two more times this week. The Quakers are at Rider on Thursday night, before they host Robert Morris -- coached by former Red and Blue player Andrew Toole -- Saturday at 7 p.m.


Penn-Temple Game Notes: The Nov. 14 meeting was the earliest Big 5 game in history, going by the calendar. The previous early date was Nov. 16, when Penn and Villanova met on that date in 2009. (Of note, Villanova and La Salle meet tomorrow.) ... Senior guard Zack Rosen scored 27 points, three shy of a career high and giving him 53 in Penn's first two games; it was his 62nd double-figure scoring performance at Penn and his 16th game with 20 or more points ... Rosen drained seven three-point baskets, the most by a Penn player since Tim Begley hit eight on Dec. 4, 2004. Coincidentally, Begley's performance also came against a Big 5 opponent (La Salle) ... Sophomore forward Fran Dougherty had his first double-figure scoring game wearing the Red and Blue, going for 10 points. He also grabbed six rebounds and matched his career best with three blocked shots ... Sophomore guard Miles Cartwright led Penn with seven rebounds, a career best ... Senior forward Mike Howlett was perfect shooting (3-3 FG) for his seven points; in fact, he is now perfect in his first two games combined (5-5 FG, 3-3 FT) ... Two freshmen made their collegiate debuts in the contest, Henry Brooks and Simeon Esprit. The appearance of Brooks was particularly noteworthy, as he injured his ACL during his high school playoffs last March.

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