Men's Basketball Falls to Providence 89-52 in Second Round of Preseason NIT

Box Score

Providence, R.I. - The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team fell to Providence, 89-52, in the second round of the Preseason NIT on Nov. 18 at the Dunkin Donuts Center. The Quakers (1-1) were led by senior Jan Fikiel who scored a career-high 13 points.

The Friars got big numbers from Swight Brewington who led all scorers with 21 points and ten boards. Three other Providence players scored in double figures as the Friars connected on 65.5 percent of their shots.

The Friars jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game. Midway through the first half they extended their lead to 23-9 before taking a46-25 lead into the locker room.Penn struggled from the floor, shooting only 34.5 percent.

Penn continued to be plagued by bad shooting, being held to just 30 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from three-point land.

Penn managed to hold All-American Ryan Gomes to just 10 points, but the Big East Preseason Player of the Year dished out eight assists.

Senior Eric Heil added five points off the bench, including a perfect 2-for-2 from the floor and 1-for-1 from the charity stripe.

The Quakers travel to Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. (CST). The game will be broadcast live on WXPN radio

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.