6abc reported Monday night that 1979 College graduate Matthew White, 55, was stabbed to death at his Delaware County home Monday night. White was the center on the 1979 Penn men’s basketball team that went to the Final Four.
Now that Penn’s hopes for an Ivy title are all but over, and that despite how wide open the Ivy League has been this year, it’s time for Allen to make a move.
There are times watching freshman Tony Hicks attack the hoop, or fellow classmate Darien Nelson-Henry big-man his way to a basket, that it’s hard not to envision this team competing for a bid to the NCAA tournament next season.
The Quakers (5-17, 2-3 Ivy) pulled away from Brown (8-11, 2-3) in the second half on their way to a 71-48 victory behind an incredible defensive team effort.
The loss to Yale has to fall squarely on the shoulders of Penn coach Jerome Allen, as the Quakers have narrowly fallen in consecutive games to mediocre Ivy League teams. It’s unclear precisely what Allen’s decisions are down the stretch, but the bottom line is that they are not getting results.
With foul trouble and a late Yale run, the Quakers could never fully answer back after keeping up for most of the game, falling to the Yale Friday night at the Palestra.
This year, it has taken just three Ivy games for the Red and Blue to pick up two losses, making this weekend’s games must-wins.
Fran Dougherty is likely out for the year with a dislocated shoulder. Steve Rennard is likely out for the year with a torn plantar fascia. And Penn basketball can use this as a learning opportunity.
With Fran Dougherty out for the year, Cam Gunter, oft unnoticed by both fans and media alike, may be just who the Quakers need to get back on their feet and back into the Ivy League race.
A wide-open Ancient Eight stands ripe for the taking, and nearly any team stands a chance to claim it. It just won’t be Penn.
Cornell held on for a 71-69 victory over Penn Saturday on the strength of 20 points and perfect 8-for-8 shooting from senior forward Errick Peck.
From the moment that junior guard Miles Cartwright got the ball in his hands Friday night, the game was clearly on. He had that fire in his eyes that fans saw in Zack Rosen last year and others who have donned the Red and Blue in years past.
In Friday’s Ivy home-opener at the Palestra, Penn (4-15, 1-1 Ivy) was able to clinch the win, 62-58, over Columbia after a struggle to maintain the close lead to the final buzzer.
With the return of Fran Dougherty and the recent success of Darien Nelson-Henry, Penn will have the challenge to contain Columbia’s solid three-point shooting a year after Penn’s last-second win.
Since the beginning of the new year, Jamal Lewis’ production has dropped significantly. He has taken notice of this but still remains optimistic about his development.
Despite coming into the season with just four career points, Lucas-Perry has made a big impact for the Quakers this season in a small role. The sophomore guard has played a pivotal part in two of Penn’s three victories, contributing 15 points against UMBC and scoring the final five points against NJIT.
After opting to have surgery in his freshman year at Penn, sophomore forward Greg Louis returned to the hardcourt, and one year later than expected, he finally began his college career.
As junior forward Fran Dougherty returns to play in Penn’s Ivy home opener Friday night against Columbia, the question becomes what does Doc’s return really mean for the Quakers.
Just as one shouldn’t praise Jerome Allen solely due to last season’s 20-13 finish, one should also not judge him based on Penn’s current 3-15 campaign.
The Quakers are capable of playing every team in the Ancient Eight close, and they have the experience they’ve gained in the non-conference, including a tough Big 5 schedule, to thank for that.