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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team did more to help others than they did to help themselves on Monday night, as an ugly second half led to an 85-64 loss to Saint Joseph's in the Quakers' Big 5 finale at The Palestra.
The Quakers held their Hoops for Haiti program Monday night, collecting shoes at the door to donate to those in need on the island of Haiti. In addition, the entire Penn coaching staff went without shoes in an effort to bring awareness to the struggles suffered by those in Haiti. All of the players and coaches also wore "Heal Haiti" t-shirts that were made for the occassion.
Unfortunately, the team's inspirational effort off the court didn't translate onto it. Penn (1-13, 0-4 Big 5) stuck with the Hawks (8-11) for the first 15 minutes, tying the game at 27-27 with 5:48 left in the half, but the Hawks went on a 13-0 run to end the half and never looked back.
Penn didn't help itself, turning the ball over a season-high 27 times.
Saint Joseph's looked like it would blow the game out early, taking a quick 11-3 lead less than four minutes into the contest. But the Red and Blue hung around over the next four minutes and were down 19-12 at the 12:39 mark.
That's when sophomore Zack Rosen started a quick six-point run with a three-pointer, followed by Dan Monckton's old-fashioned three-point play to pull within 19-18.
Down 23-20 midway through the half, senior Darren Smith drilled a game-tying three. And when the Hawks went back up by four, Penn responded again. Brian Fitzpatrick's layup was soon followed by a break away dunk from Jack Eggleston, once again tying the game, 27-27.
The Hawks picked up the second half where they left off in the first. Thought the Quakers closed the lead to 42-30, Saint Joseph's scored nine straight and led by 21 with 16:03 to go. The Hawks lead grew to as many as 31 with a 12-0 run later in the half. Then, after the Hawks scored eight more unanswered points, Penn was down 81-46 with 6:55 remaining.
Turley led the Quakers with 14 points and also added five rebounds. Eggleston tacked on 10 points, while Fitzpatrick nearly finished with a double-double, contributing eight points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Saint Joseph's had 34 points off turnovers, compared to just six for the Quakers (until late, the advantage was 34-0 in that category). The Quakers outrebounded their Big 5 rival, 36-32, but the Hawks hit 39 percent of their three-point shots and were 22-of-29 (76%) from the free throw line.
If fans have an old pair of shoes they would like to donate, they are encouraged to bring them to the Dunning Coaches' Center at 235 South 33rd Street. Donations will be accepted all week before being shipped to Haiti on Monday.
The Quakers begin Ivy League action this weekend as they hit the road to take on Yale Friday and Brown on Saturday. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.
Penn game notes: Penn outrebounded its opponent for the sixth time this season, and the third time in the last five games ... Junior Conor Turley led Penn in scoring for the first time this season with a career-high 14 points, and also knocked down a career-best three three-pointers ... In fact, Turley's three treys matched the number of three-pointers he had hit for his collegiate career entering Monday night ... Junior Jack Eggleston had 10 points, his 10th double-figure scoring game of 2009-10 ... Sophomore Zack Rosen scored eight points, snapping a streak of 11 straight double-figure scoring games ... Rosen went 5-of-5 from the foul line, the sixth time this season he has been perfect from the line in a game (including three of the last four and four of the last six contests) ... Freshman Brian Fitzpatrick set season/career bests in points (8), rebounds (9) and minutes (25) ... Fitzpatrick led the team in rebounds for the first time in a game this season ... Junior Zack Gordon had a career-high five points and grabbed two boards to tie a career best ... Freshman Malcolm Washington matched season/career highs with a rebound and nine minutes of action ... Fitzpatrick and Washington combined for nine points, the first points by the freshman class since the Duke game on December 31 ... Senior Drew Godwin, who joined the team from the JV program earlier this season, scored his first varsity points and added his first varsity rebound in four minutes of play.
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