Only 0.6 miles separate the basketball facilities of Penn and Drexel, and somehow that proximity is reflected on the scoreboard whenever the two teams play.
Penn men’s basketball will take a vacation over the next few weeks, with its next game coming December 28 against Drexel at the Palestra.
All season long, Penn men's basketball appeared to be on the verge of improvement in coach Steve Donahue’s second year in charge, but the Quakers still needed that signature win to prove to the college basketball world that they were for real.
Thanks to a breakout performance from junior Sam Jones, that big-time victory is in the books.
Sports Editor-elect Jonathan Pollack:
For me, the best part of Penn Athletics this year was sprint football winning its first outright CSFL title since 2000, so the best moment should come from that season.
With 8:42 remaining in the second half, junior guard Darnell Foreman’s jumper put Penn within two points of George Mason at 57-55.
Between that moment and senior guard Matt Howard’s free throw with 3:07 left, the Quakers scored zero points on nine missed shots and a turnover.
It was poetic, almost, the transfer of dominance.
After senior guard Matt Howard lit things up in the first half, scoring 12 of Penn’s first 15 points, freshman forward AJ Brodeur took over in the second period, tallying 16 of his 22 after intermission.
Penn men’s basketball knew that its opening set of non-conference games to start the season would be challenging. The Quakers were right.
It's early on a Saturday morning. While you're asleep, Garrett Colvin is hard at work.
He’s taken on the responsibility of being one of the few, the proud, the Penn basketball managers.
Student managers are a rare breed.
Penn basketball juniors Matt MacDonald and Caleb Wood are wearing the Red and Blue for the first time this year — but that’s about all they have in common.
Despite their age, the two juniors are in their first year on Penn's men's basketball team after they both arrived via transferring from other schools.
Undoubtedly, there are many people across Penn’s campus and the greater basketball landscape who are surprised by the immediate impact made by freshman AJ Brodeur.
Just don’t count the 6-foot-8 power forward or his coach among them.
There's something about Penn-Temple basketball. No matter how good or bad the teams are, you can always count on it being just about the best non-conference game featuring the Quakers all year.
PHILADELPHIA — Penn basketball fought hard after falling behind big early, but fell short in a 70-62 loss against a superior Temple team on Saturday at the Liacouras Center.
After falling behind 21-4 early in the game, the Red and Blue (2-4) rallied and had it within two points in the game's final minute, but were unable to complete the comeback against the Owls (6-2).
In order to move on from their defeat at the hands of Villanova, the Penn men’s basketball team must internalize the immortal words of the great Chumbawamba: “You get knocked down, you get up again.”
Tuesday night was a success for Penn basketball.
I say that, as one might imagine, for reasons that have nothing to do with what happened on the court.
What can you do when you’re playing against the best team in the country?
Penn basketball had a tough night against No. 2 Villanova, who enforced its status as reigning NCAA champions in a 82-57 mauling at the Palestra on Tuesday.
Back in my freshman year (which indeed calls for the past tense, I swear), Penn basketball hosted Villanova at the Palestra.
Not only did Nexxt Level train Penn sophomore point guard Jake Silpe, but they also worked with Villanova’s sophomore point guard Jalen Brunson. In fact, the two New Jersey natives met regularly for workout sessions over the summer at Nexxt Level’s training facility in South Jersey.
When Kris Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating three to defeat North Carolina and give Villanova the NCAA national championship, the entire city of Philadelphia celebrated. Fast forward eight months, and the Wildcats are 6-0, ranked No. 2 in the country and playing like a team poised for another title run.
On Tuesday night, Penn basketball will be taking on the defending champions and Big 5 rival at the Palestra for the Quakers’ home opener.
After putting themselves in an early hole, a valiant comeback from Penn men’s basketball fell short, resulting in a 70-68 loss at the hands of Navy.
Caleb Wood is adjusting nicely to life with Penn basketball.
The junior transfer dropped 25 points on eight of twelve shooting in just his third game as a member of the Red and Blue.