PHILADELPHIA -Taking part in the second half of a Big Five doubleheader at the Palestra, the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team fell to Saint Joseph's on Wednesday night, 75-60.
The Quakers struggled shooting the ball for most of the night -- they shot less than 30 percent from the field and could only muster 56.2 percent from the free throw line. Matt Howard was the only Penn player to make half of his shots, going 3-of-6 from the field and finishing with 11 points.
Jackson Donahue led all scorers with 19 points -- his fourth straight game in double digits -- and all six of the freshman's field goals came from beyond the arc.
Penn (6-9) got off to a hot start, making two of its first three three-point attempts and jumping out to a quick five-point lead. However, the Red and Blue lost their touch as the half progressed, leading to a deficit of as many as 14 in the first 10 minutes.
Mike Auger brought Penn back within single digits with a tough lay-up through contact, drawing a foul, but Saint Joseph's wouldn't let the Quakers hang around much longer. The Hawks took a 16-point lead into halftime, capped off by a buzzer-beating lay-up by DeAndre' Bembry.
The Hawks (15-3) opened up the half by taking their largest lead of the game at 18 points, but Penn fought back just before the first media timeout thanks to a second-chance effort by Darien Nelson-Henry. Nelson-Henry grabbed his own rebound and worked his way through a defender for two points.
Jake Silpe stole the following inbounds pass and dished back to Donahue, who nailed a three-pointer to send the Penn fans into a frenzy and bring the Quakers back within 11.
Saint Joseph's proved to be too much, however as the Hawks ran away down the stretch. The Hawks led by double digits for the entire second-half and left West Philadelphia with the victory.
Penn will wait until the weekend of January 29-30 before taking the court again. The Quakers will be at Yale and Brown for their first Ivy League weekend, facing the Bulldogs Friday in New Haven and the Bears Saturday in Providence.
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