There’s a lot of history in the Big 5. That’s an understatement.
But for the past few years, the Big 5 have dominated Penn. Coach Jerome Allen has only managed two Big 5 wins in his coaching career.
Through the first half, Penn and Temple played a close and physical game, as the Owls take a 44-37 lead into the break.
For the first few minutes of tonight’s game against Temple, it seemed to be the same old story. The Owls jumped ahead to an early lead, 12-2 and appeared poise to wipe the floors with the Quakers.
Yet Penn wasn’t ready to roll over and mounted a comeback, going on a 15-5 run to tie things up at 17 midway through the half. After keeping things close for most of the half, the Owls would pull away with a late 14-5 run.
Playing without freshman forward Mike Auger (foot injury), sophomore forward Dylan Jones saw his fair share of minutes off the bench in the first half, scoring six. Jones’ emphatic and-one dunk was key to the Quakers’ mid-half run.
Sophomore guard Tony Hicks, fresh off of a 13-assist performance against Lafayette, took over the scoring load and netted 15 points in the half.
Thus far, the Owls have been paced by sophomore forward Mark Williams’ 13 points.
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