Chicago, Ill. Despite seniorTim Begley's11 points and 11 rebounds, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team lost a tough battle against the University of Illinois-Chicago, 57-47, Jan. 8 at the Pavilion.
The Quakers (4-6) led the game until the nine minute mark, including opening the second half with three consecutive three-point baskets, including two from senior Jan Fikiel. The Flames (7-7) then took the lead on a lay up by Elliott Poole and never looked back. Penn came within three points on a jumper by Mark Zoller at the 3:26 mark, but Illinois-Chicago pulled away for the victory.
The Flames were led by Cederick Banks with 18 points. Poole contributed 14 points and Rocky Collum chipped in 12.
Begley's 11 points and 11 rebounds was his first double-double of the season andthird career one, his first since Jan. 31, 2003.Jan Fikiel added 10 points, including going 2-3 from behind the arc. The Quakers shot30.9 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the charity stripe. Five different Quakersdishedout assists, including Begley's six.
Penn heads home to host Rider at The Palestra on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant