SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Glen Miller’s first win as the Penn men’s basketball coach came in emphatic fashion Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome. The Quakers routed St. Francis (N.Y.), 86-56, to conclude the Black Coaches Association (BCA) Invitational with a 1-2 record.
Four Penn players scored in double figures, led by all-tournament selectionMark Zoller who had 22 points to go with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Brian Grandieri and Steve Danley had 15 points apiece, while Ibrahim Jaaber scored 12 and dished out eight assists.
For the game, the Quakers drained 11 three-point field goals as eight different players hit shots from beyond the arc. Overall, the Quakers shot 54.0 percent from the field.
The Quakers jumped all over the Terriers to start the game, scoring the first four points and then responding to an Allan Sheppard three-pointer by scoring the next 11 points. That gave Penn a 15-3 lead and set the tone for the opening stanza.
Another 9-0 run turned Penn’s 17-7 lead to a 26-7 advantage, and after St. Francis scored five points on consecutive possessions the Quakers went on a 10-0 streak that covered nearly three minutes to crest its first-half lead at 36-12.
St. Francis (0-3) showed some fight before the break, scoring nine of the last 11 points to close the game to 41-25 at the half.
The Terriers then made a pair of runs on the Quakers, threatening to draw within single digits both times. However, Penn answered both times, and by the time 11 minutes were left the score was 67-41 and the Quakers were on their way to their first victory under Miller.
The first came early on, when SFNY cut the lead to 42-29 within the first minute of the half. However, Penn got a free throw from Grandieri and then a conventional three-point play from Zoller to open it up to 46-29.
The second came with 16 minutes left, when SFNY’s Robert Hines concluded a 7-0 Terrier run with a layup that made the score 48-38 in Penn’s favor. Once again, the Quakers answered – Zoller and Danley hit treys on consecutive possessions, Zoller hit a layup a minute later and then drained two free throws. That set Penn off on a 19-3 run.
St. Francis was led by Marcus Williams (14 points), Allan Sheppard (13) and Robert Hines (11).
In the tournament championship Sunday night, Syracuse defeated UTEP 83-69. Orange guard Eric Devendorf was the Tournament MVP, whileUTEP's Stefon Jackson, Syracuse's Terrence Roberts and SFNY's Hinesjoined Zoller on the all-tournament team.
Penn’s next game will be its home opener. It will come next Saturday at 7 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast, a transitioning Division I program.