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With both Penn basketball teams entering Ivy League play with talented rosters and high expectations, there are sure to be plenty of impressive and important moments from their seasons. Starting this week, we will be publishing a ranking of the top five best plays from the weekend of Penn basketball. This weekend, the men fell to Saint Joseph's, 87-81, but along the way there were many exciting moments. 

No. 5: AJ Brodeur gives the Quakers the lead

It wouldn’t be a top five list without forward AJ Brodeur, as the senior led the Quakers with a dominant 33 points and seven rebounds. Even though Penn trailed the Hawks for the majority of the game, Brodeur took the ball to the rack with just over 10 minutes remaining in the second half to give the Quakers their first lead since the score was 3-2. 

No. 4: Ray Jerome’s hustle pays off for the Quakers

After seeing limited action for most of the season, senior Ray Jerome made the most of his 34 minutes on Saturday. In this play, the guard hit the hardwood to pick up a loose ball and flipped the ball to freshman guard Lucas Monroe, who dropped a half court dime to senior guard Devon Goodman for the transition layup. 

No. 3: Jerome rises up for the two-handed slam

Once again, Ray Jerome finds himself on the highlight reel, as the senior deflected an errant St. Joe's pass and took the ball the length of the court, finishing his fast break with a two-handed dunk. 

No. 2: Devon Goodman’s heads up play ends in a dunk

After a Penn turnover gave St. Joe’s the opportunity to extend its lead, Goodman was not ready to give up on the possession. Coming from behind, he poked the ball loose from Ryan Daly and brought the crowd to its feet with a transition slam.

No. 1: Max Martz beats the buzzer to end the first half

Even though the Quakers struggled to find an offensive rhythm early in the game, they closed out the first half with an 8-0 run. The late surge was capped off by a heavily contested corner three from freshman Max Martz, who nailed his only triple of the game as the clock hit zero. 

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