Men's Basketball Upended 97-94 in Two Overtimes

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PHILADELPHIA -With regularstarters Tyler Bernardini and Andreas Schreiber out of the lineup for Saturday night's game against Delaware, Penn men's basketball coach Glen Miller had to feel like his team was seriously shorthanded.

By the time the Quakers and the Blue Hens went to a second overtime, Zack Rosen and Rob Belcore were out of the game with five fouls each. So who was in the game? How about a freshman "preferred walk-on" (Malcolm Washington) anda junior who entered thenight with 120 career minutes (Dan Monckton).

Nevertheless, Penn hung in right to the end, but ultimately Delaware had too much -- specifically, the Hens had Jawan Carter. He scored eight of his game-high 35 points in the two OT sessions, all of them from the foul line, and led the Hens to the 97-94 victory.

Thiswas Penn's first double-overtimeaffair since Dec. 28, 2003, a 63-61 win over St. John's at the ECAC Holiday Festival in Madsion Square Garden. It also marked the most points for the Quakers in a game since defeating Florida Gulf Coast at The Palestra on Nov. 18, 2006.

Penn (0-3) got out to a quick start in front of a vocal Palestra crowd. After allowing the game's first two points, the Quakers dialed long distance six times over a six-minute span to blow out to a 26-8 advantage.

Delaware coach Monte Ross called timeout after Darren Smith's second trey, and the stoppage worked. The Blue Hens came out of the break and went on an 11-2 run to draw within nine points (28-19), and while Penn kept UD at bay after that the margin was a much more managable 10 by halftime (50-40).

Led by Zack Rosen (team-high 25 points) and a yeoman effort all night from sophomore Mike Howlett (14 points, 14 rebounds), Penn's lead was still 11 points at the midway point of the second half (69-58). But Delaware (1-2) kept clawing closer, using an 8-2 run over a two-minute span to make the score 77-74.

Jack Eggleston knocked down a three-pointer with 4:17 left, but Penn would go more than four minutes without a point and Delaware used the drought to draw level when D.J. Boney knocked down a three-pointer with 44 seconds left. Rosen drove the lane to put the Quakers back up with 13 seconds left, but McCullar tipped in his own miss at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

Carter opened the scoring in the extra session with a free throw -- Delaware's first lead since 2-0 -- but Rosen answered with a trifecta. Nearly three minutes went by before anyone scored again,as Rosen made the second of two foul shots and Howlett followed with another freebie to make it 87-83, Quakers.

Carter got two of them back with a pair of foul shots with 51 seconds left, and then Boney knocked down a pair with seven seconds left off Rosen's fifth foul. Malcom Washington came in for Rosen andbrought the ball down the court todish to Howlett on the wing, buthis shotbounced off the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Smith gave Penn the first points of the second overtime, but McCullar answered with a jumper. After Monckton hit a foul shot, Carter pushed Delaware ahead with two of his own with 2:54 to play. Howlett tipped in his own miss on Penn's next possession, but Carter hit another foul shot -- he would make 19 of his 26 attempts on the night -- and the score was tied 92-92 with just over a minute to play.

Smith's foul shotput Penn back on top with 1:08 left, but missed his second shot and Malcolm Hawkins finished a Carter feed. A Penn turnover led to another foul and more Carter foul shots, and he made good on one of them for a 95-92 Delaware lead.

Smith was fouled with 17 seconds left, and after missing the first he hit the second. Penn immediately fouled Carter, who hit one of two, and on Penn's next possession Jack Eggleston drove the lane and was called for a charge as he put up a layup. Smith was forced to foul Edwin Santiago on the inbounds -- Smith's fifth foul of the night -- and Santiago made one of two for a 97-94 Delaware lead with just five seconds left.

Penn's last gasp came from the hand of the freshman, Washington, who pushed the ball down the floor and heaved up a three from the wing, but it bounced harmlessly off the backboard and time expired.

Eggleston had 19 points on the night, while Smith finished with 17. Rosen had five assists with only one turnover to go with his point total.

In addition to Carter's 35 points, Alphonso Dawson scored 28 and Boney finished with 12. Carter also had five assists, while Kevin Mcneil finished the night with 10 rebounds.

Penn returns to action with another Colonial Athletic Association team, Drexel, Tuesday night at 7 p.m. That game will be televised live on The Comcast Network (formerly CN8).

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