LAIE, Hawaii -- In a game that proved to be far tougher than hoped for, the University of Pennsylvania was able to hold off a pesky BYU-Hawaii squad and earn a 72-62 win. The victory improved the Quakers' record to 5-4 overall, while the Seasiders fell to 3-5.
Ibrahim Jaaber led Penn with 17 points, while David Whitehurst had 13. However, the story in this game was the Quakers' balance -- Brian Grandieri scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds and added four assists and four steals; Eric Osmundson joined Grandieri with nine points, hitting 3-of-6 three-point shots; and Steve Danley and Friedrich Ebede had eight points apiece.
Penn held a 28-27 lead at the break, but BYU-Hawaii hung around and even took the lead on a few occasions in the second half. However, Penn was able to gain control of the game down the stretch to earn its second-straight win on the islands.
Penn overcame a significant free-throw difference (BYUH took 35, while the Quakers took 18) by forcing 22 Seasider turnovers while committing just seven. The Quakers also outrebounded BYUH 37-27, led by Grandieri and Danley who had six apiece. Danley also dished off five assists.
Penn will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 4 when the Quakers go to Charleston, S.C. to take on The Citadel. Start time is slated for 7:15 p.m.