Riding a two-game win streak, the Quakers played about as tough as coach Jerome Allen could have hoped.
Penn kept it competitive for nearly the entire game, but a barrage of threes towards the end squashed any chance of a comeback. When it was all over, the Quakers fell to Harvard, 80-66, now stand at 2-2 in the Ivy League.
From the start of the game, it did not appear the Red and Blue were up to the task of hanging with the Crimson. Poor defense and a stagnant offense in the opening minutes buried the Quakers in 25-9 hole. However, as the half wore on, Penn's zone became more effective, forcing Harvard into a number of contested outside shots that fell off the mark. Star guard Jeremy Lin was unimpressive offensively in the first half, going 0-for-4 from the field, but he still managed 6-6 from the line. Despite 13-16 free throw shooting overall for the Crimson, the Quakers were able to hang tough, as Dan Monckton and Jack Eggleston combined for 16 points and helped Penn cut the deficit to 41-32 at the half.
In the second half, Penn continued to keep it close, cutting the deficit to six at one point, but the Crimson seemed to answer with a run anytime the Quakers were building momentum. Harvard shot 6-10 from beyond the arc in the final half to help put Penn away.Comments powered by Disqus
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