Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team turned away a second-half rally by visiting Bucknell for a 65-52 victory on Dec. 1 at The Palestra. Sophomore guard Ibrahim Jaaber led the Quakers with 14 points, pullingdown seven rebounds and a career-high seven steals on the night.
Bucknell (3-4) was down 38-20 at the half before cobbling together a second half spurt that saw the Bisons pull within nine points with eight minutes remaining. Penn (3-2) righted itself from that point and made key free throws down the stretch, four of which were by Jaaber, to secure the victory- its second-consecutive of the season. After shooting 43 percent in the first half, the Quakers cooled to 25 percent in the second half on 7-for-28 from the field. The Bisons experienced the reverse, going 26 percent from the field (6-for-23 in the first half) and improving to 50 percent in the second.
The Red and Blue went on a 10-0 run in the opening minutes of the first half which included back-to-back treys from senior Eric Osmundson,who scored a career-high eight points on 3-for-8 shooting from the field. Penn went on a 16-4 run to extendits lead to 21 with 55 seconds remaining in the first half before Bucknell's Kevin Bettencourt nailed a three with 27 seconds left to close the half.
Sophomore forward Steve Danley was the only other Quaker in double figures, scoring 10 points and hauling down seven rebounds. Ivy League and Big Five Player of the Week, sophomore Mark Zoller, was hampered by foul trouble, yet still managed to grab six rebounds.
Bettencourt scored 16 points and was the lone Bucknell player to enter double figures.
The Quakers take the court againonDec. 4when they host La Salle in the first game of a double header at the Palestra. Game time is at 1 p.m.
Written by Kim Parker, athletic communications assistant