Men's Basketball Outdone by La Salle, 76-57

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PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Zack Rosen scored 29 points for the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team Wednesday night, buthissterling one-man performancewasn't enoughto overcomeLa Salle's balanced attack as the Explorerstopped the Quakers, 76-57, at The Palestra.

Similar to Penn's game last Wednesday against No. 19 Temple, the Quakers were within five at the nine-minute mark, this time at 43-38. Butfor the second consecutive game, the Red and Blue couldn'tget any closer down the stretch as La Salle pulled away for the win.

The Explorers (10-8) scored first and led throughout as they quickly built an 11-point lead in the firstsix minutes. After Jack Eggleston got the Quakers (1-12)on the board tomake the score 4-2at the17:48 mark, La Salle scored 10 of thegame's next 11 points for a 14-3 edge.

With La Salle stillup 11 with 8:44 to go in the first half,Rosen hit a three and Dan Monckton made a fast-break layup to pull Penn within 24-18. But the Explorers eventually built the lead back up to double digits and took a 39-26 lead into the half.

La Salle's lead grew to 15 (45-30) four minutes into the second half. But Penn began to chip away. When Rosenhit another one ofhis five threes, the deficit had closed to 49-41 with 11:19 remaining in the game.

One minute later, down by 10, Rob Belcore drained a three, andafter forcing a miss on the defensive end senior Darren Smith took a pass from Rosen and converteda reverse layup toclose the gap to just five points.

However, La Salle would go on to score the next nine points, taking a commanding 62-48 lead with just 7:11 to go. The Quakers scored four straight to get within 10 and weredown nine after Rosen converted a three-point playwith 4:32 left. But that was as close as they would get; instead,La Salle took its largest lead of the game, hitting a three as time expired for the final 19-point edge.

Rosen, whofinished one point shy of his career high, also had four assists and three rebounds. Eggleston was Penn's second-leading scorer with seven points, adding a team-high five rebounds. Monckton contributed six points and three assists.

For La Salle, Aaric Murray led four players who scored in double figures with 21 points. Rodney Green had 15 points, Yves Mekongo added 14, and Jerrell Williams scored 13. The Explorers' other starter, Steve Weingarten, had nine points and snared a team-high eight rebounds.

Next up for the Quakers is another Big 5 test at The Palestra when Saint Joseph's visits the Quakers' home floor on Monday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m., and the game will be televised live on The Comcast Network (formerly CN8).

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Penn Game Notes: Penn fell to 0-3 in Big 5 play this season ... Penn tied a program low in the post-Dunphy era with 21 rebounds ... Penn's bench outscored La Salle's, 10-4, the second straight game the Quaker bench has outscored the opponent's ... Sophomore Zack Rosen was Penn's only player in double figures, with 29 points ... Rosen has scored at least 28 points in three of the Quakers' last four games (30 at Lafayette, 28 at UMBC, 29 vs. La Salle) ... Rosen has led Penn in scoring eight times this season, including three of the last four games and five of the last seven ... Rosen has scored in double figures in 11 straight games (19.1 ppg) ... Rosen hit five three-pointers, the fourth time in nine games he has done that ... Junior Jack Eggleston led Penn with five rebounds, the sixth time he has topped the team in that category in a game this season ... Senior Justin Reilly tied a season/career high with two assists and matched a season best with three rebounds ... Junior Conor Turley had two assists, the fourth time he has done that this season ... Senior Drew Godwin, who was called up from the JV team earlier this season, made his first varsity appearance in the game's final minute.

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