SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The Penn men's basketball team lost to Syracuse, 78-60, to conclude the second day of the BCA Invitational at the Carrier Dome.
The Quakers (0-2) will finish the tournament Sunday at 3:30 p.m. against St. Francis (N.Y.), followed by Syracuse (2-0) and UTEP in the championship game at 6 p.m. UTEP defeated St. Francis in Saturday's first game, 54-52.
The Orange used a 10-0 run midway through the first half to establish a lead, then another 9-1 lead before the break that allowed them to go into the locker room up 37-24. Demetris Nichols had 10 points in the opening stanza, while Terrence Roberts had eight points and seven boards as Syracuse established itself up front at both ends of the floor (the Orange had 14 steals and eight blocked shots on the night).
Penn hung around, scoring the first four points of the second half to get within single digits. Another 4-0 Quaker runmade the score50-43 Syracuse with just 12:35 to play. However, on the Orange'sensuing possession guard Eric Devendorf (16 points) drained a three-pointer, which setthe 'Cuse off on a12-0 streak that essentially ended the contest.During that stretch, Penn went nearly six minutes without scoring a point while Syracuse gradually put the game out of reach.
For Penn, Ibrahim Jaaber shook off a poor opening game Friday and had 12 points before halftime. However, he rolled an ankle late in the stanza and was visibly hobbled the rest of the night. Nevertheless, he led all scorers with 18 points (on 8-of-12 shooting) and had four assists and three steals. Mark Zoller struggled in the first half but came back to score all of his 11 points in the second stanza.