Men's Basketball Falls to Temple, 60-45

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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball program staged a revival meeting Wednesday night at its most hallowed of halls, The Palestra.

With the man who brought the program its most recent successes as a coach -- Fran Dunphy -- onthe visitingbench, andanother who as a player keyed that success-- Jerome Allen -- making his home debut at the Penn helm,Wednesday felt like a good old family reunion. The fans did their part, too, welcoming both of them back by showing up 6,353 strong and offering a glimpse of past glories to today's team.

The current Quakers did their best to hold up their end of the bargain. Despite entering the game with just one win, and facing a Temple squad ranked 19th nationally, Penn pushed the Owls well into the second half but ultimately fell short in a game that finished 60-45.

Penn (1-11, 0-2 Big 5) trailed by just five, 45-40, with 8:57 to go in the game, but the Quakers were just 3-of-20 from three-point range on the dayand Temple (14-3, 2-0 Big 5)pulled away down the stretch.

Jack Eggleston led Penn with 14 points and also had seven rebounds. Zack Rosen added 10 points, five boards and six assists, while Dan Monckton also scored 10 points and had four assists.

Temple scored the first four points, but Penn took a brief 5-4 lead at the 14:10 mark after senior Darren Smith hit a three and Eggleston sunk a layup.

The lead didn't last long as the Owls scored on the next possession to regain the lead. But the Red and Blue hungaround for the next five minutes before the Owlsrolled off sixquick points for a 21-13advantage with 7:48 left in the first half.

Down 24-18, three minutes later, the Quakers got the crowd behind them with back-to-back buckets --a fastbreak lay-in by Monckton and a shortlayup for Eggleston -- to pull withinone possession. However, the Owls scored the lastseven points of the half for a 33-24 edge at intermission.

It took Penn more than seven minutes to hit a field goal in the second half, and by then Temple had opened up a 13-point lead (41-28). However, spurred on by the crowd, the Quakers had one more run in them. Rosen started the streak with a conventional three-point play, and then he fed Eggleston for a layup. Two more possessions yielded five points from Justin Reilly -- one bucket in the paint, another from beyond the arc -- and just like that the score was 45-40.

Off a timeout, though, Temple's Ryan Brooks got a layup. and then nearly three minutes went by without anyone scoring before Lavoy Allen finished a Brooks assist. That set Temple on its way to victory.

Brooks finished with a game-high 15 points, while Juan Fernandez had 12. Lavoy Allen entered the game averaging a double-double, but had just six points and six rebounds.

The Quakers are back in action in one week when they host another Big 5 rival, La Salle, next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Palestra.

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