San Francisco, Calif. Led by sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber’s 12 points, four Quakers scored in double figures for the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team, which lost a tough battle against San Francisco, 65-61, Jan. 4 at the War Memorial.
Senior Tim Begley nailed his third trifecta of the game with 9:02 on the clock, which sparked a 9-0 run by the Quakers (4-5) and cut the Dons (9-4) lead to just six points. After Jerome Gumbs made one of his two attempts from the charity stripe, sophomore Ryan Pettinella scored on the next two Quakers' possessions to cut the lead to three. San Francisco pulled ahead, 59-55, with 3:30 remaining in the contest, but back-to-back steals followed by dunks from senior Eric Osmundson and sophomore Steve Danley tied the game at 59. Several Penn fouls sent the Dons to the line where they made all six attempts to put the game away.
The Dons, led by Gumbs' 10 points in the first half, held a five-point advantage heading into the locker room. Jaaber led the Red and Blue with eight points at halftime.
For the second-straight game, four Quakers reached double figures. Osmundson had his third-consecutive double-digit contest, scoring 12 points on 4-for-9 shooting. Begley, who went 3-for-9 from beyond the arc, had 11 and Danley contributed with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. The Quakers shot 39.7 percent from the field and held the Dons leading scorer, John Cox, to just 10 points. Five different Quakers got their hands in the pot, combining for seven steals as Osmundson and Begley each had two.
Penn continues its action on the road facing off with the University of Illinois Chicago on Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. (CST) before heading home to host Rider at The Palestra on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications