Men's Basketball Gives One Away to Manhattan, 59-54

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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - There is no other way to say it. The Penn men's basketball game flat-out gave this game to Manhattan.

The Quakers (1-1) looked like they hadWednesday night'sgame at Draddy Gymnasium in the bag, holding a 54-42 lead and in possession of the ball withseven minutesleft. Unfortunately,Penn did not score on that possession or any other the rest of the night, and the Jaspers (2-0) took advantage to score the game's last 17 points and gain the improbable, 59-54victory.

Jack Eggleston finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double in as many outings to lead Penn, while Zack Rosen had 14 points and seven assists on the night.

Eggleston gave Penn its biggest lead of the night with a pair of three-pointers, the second coming with 7:46 left to push the Quakers to a 54-42 advantage. From there, Fran Dougherty blocked a Michael Alvarado effort, and the Quakers had the ball with a chance to up its lead.

Instead, a bad pass in the lane led to a layup and a foul at the other end, just as the clock turned past the seven-minute mark. Who knew at the time that would be the play of the game?

Tyler Bernardini missed a trey attempt, and Manhattan got three tries at the basket before Rohamel Brown converted to make it 54-47. Penn hadfour chances to stop the run after that, but a blocked shot in the lane, two turnovers and another missed trifecta later Manhattan's George Beamon was scoring in the lane. Now it was 54-49 with 4:39 left, and the crowd wsa sensing something as Penn called timeout to settle things down.

No such luck. Rosen missed a three, and that led to another Beamon layup. Belcore missed from beyond the arc, and then a foul at the other end put the Jaspers' Andrew Gabriel at the line. He hit both, and it was a one-point game with three minutes remaining.

The drought agonizingly continued. Conor Turley was fouled on a shot, but missed both freebies. Penn forced a turnover, but Miles Cartwright missed a trey. Finally, after a Manhattan timeout, Beamon was fouled by Rosen and made both shots to give the Jaspers a 55-54 lead, their first in the game since 22-21 with7:42 left in the first half.

By then it was all over but the shouting. Penn played a ball into the lane that was mishandled and went out of bounds. Manhattan came down, and Kidani Brutus knocked down a dagger three-pointer that sent the Draddy faithful into delirium.

Eggleston missed a trey, then fouled Brutus on the rebound. Brutus hit one of two, and poetically Penn missed not one, not two, but three desperation three-point attempts as the clock mercifully wound down. In the final seven minutes, the Quakers went 0-for-10 from the field, with nine of the shots beyond the arc as they struggledwith Manhattan'sincreasingly inspired zone defense.And there was no one person to blame -- incredibly, the first six misses from three-point land were shot by six different players, and in the final flurry the last three trey efforts came from the hands of three different players.

It was a shocking finish to what was, for 32 minutes, a performance that rivaled Penn's showing in Saturday night's season opener against Davidson.

Penn was down, 20-15, midway through the stanza, but used a 10-2 run to surge into the lead. Rosen started the streak with a pair of three-pointers to push Penn ahead, 21-20, and then Dougherty answered a pair of Michael Alvarado free throws. Eggleston ended the run with two foul shots. By halftime, the Quakers were up, 39-30.

Beamon finished with 21 points and nine rebounds to lead the Jaspers, while Brutus had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Alvarado finished with seven assists.

Penn returns to action Saturday night, hosting Drexel at The Palestra at 7 p.m.

Two players saw their first action of the season, freshmen Dau Jok and Dougherty (who had two points andsix rebounds in 15minutes).

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