CHARLESTON, S.C. The University of Pennsylvania jumped out to an early lead and never looked back Wednesday night, rolling past The Citadel, 84-49, at the McAlister Field House.
Penn (6-4) won its third in a row, with all of those wins coming on the road, while The Citadel fell to 6-7. The win was the Quakers’ most lopsided victory since a 104-69 win against Harvard on Feb. 6, 2004. Dating back to last season, Penn is 11-2 in its last 13 games on an opponent’s court.
Senior Eric Osmundson, who has broken out of an offensive slump in the last three games, led the Quakers with 16 points and knocked down 4-of-6 three-pointers. Ibrahim Jaaber, who had led Penn in scoring seven-straight times before Wednesday, had 15 as well as four steals; David Whitehurst came off the bench to knock down 14 points including 3-of-4 treys. Overall, five Quakers hit double figures and 11 scored on the night.
Sophomore Brian Grandieri also stood out, coming up with an unconventional double-double by recording 10 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. It was his second double-double of the season.
As a team, Penn drained a season-high 12 treys on 28 attempts, and three players Cameron Lewis, Brennan Votel and Adam Franklin scored their first collegiate points as every Penn player on the roster saw action. The Quakers also came up with 11 steals, the third time this season they have reached double figures in that category.
Both teams started slowly, as the first bucket of the game did not come until Osmundson knocked down a layup 2:35 into the contest. Penn took a 4-0 lead, and then after Citadel scored the next three points the Quakers went on a 13-2 run to push ahead 17-5. The Bulldogs responded with a seven-point streak, but Penn came right back with a trey by David Whitehurst and a jumper by Grandieri his only bucket of the game to take a 22-12 lead.
Later in the opening stanza, Penn used a 15-4 run that pushed its lead to 20 points (38-18) and led at the break 40-22.
In the second half, Citadel got as close as 13 points (47-34), but another Whitehurst three-pointer triggered a 12-1 run, and before long the Quakers opened its lead up to 34 points (77-43) with more than five minutes remaining.
Penn is back in action Monday, traveling to Fordham to take on the Rams in the final game of a four-game road trip. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. in The Bronx.