With an outright Big 5 title on the line, the Penn men's basketball lead St. Joseph’s 35-31 after 20 minutes of play. Led by some strong performances from freshman guard Bryce Washington and junior forward AJ Brodeur, the Red and Blue have knocked in 7-of-17 threes while St. Joe’s missed all 10 of its attempts.
The Hawks started out dominating on the glass, with redshirt sophomore Charlie Brown Jr. netting seven rebounds in the first eight minutes of the game. St. Joe’s raced out to a 17-13 lead, which was later reduced to 16-13 upon review, after a Brown three was deemed a two-pointer. The Quakers stormed back with big threes from Bryce Washington, AJ Brodeur, and a memorable banked three by Jake Silpe. At one point in the half, Penn had made 7-of-13 three pointers.
A cold spell at the end of the half let the Hawks back into the game. Penn didn't score in the last 3:49 of game play, which ended a hot streak that saw the Quakers lead by as much as eight.
The Quakers have also pressured St. Joe’s on the defensive side of the ball. They’ve forced seven St. Joe’s turnovers, which is notable for a team that has the second lowest turnover total per game this season (9.4). Coach Steve Donahue and the Red and Blue will hope to keep building momentum as they head into the halftime locker room.
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