Men’s basketball team falls at PennTweet
Penn (2-5) drilled 10 three-pointers and pulled away from visiting Binghamton (2-5) 65-54 on Nov. 29, from The Palestra in Philadelphia.
The Bearcats were within four, 47-43, with 13:56 to play before the Quakers used a 13-5 run to take control. Binghamton managed just two field goals in that 9:13 span as its offense sputtered with missed shots and offensive fouls in the tightly called contest.
“We had a really good fight to us tonight but offensively, we just couldn’t get it going,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “I thought we neutralized their inside game. We were really competitive, but unfortunately we didn’t shoot the ball well and turned it over too much.”
Foul trouble plagued Binghamton in both halves. After floor general Jimmy Gray was limited to two minutes in the first half, junior center Roland Brown fouled out four minutes into the second half after he had scored the team’s first five points of the period.
While Penn shot 40 percent from beyond the arc, Binghamton hit just 2-of-16 three-pointers and wound up shooting just 22 percent in the second half (6-of-27). Binghamton managed just one field goal over the game’s final 8:25.
The Bearcats hit the glass and earned a 49-39 rebound margin and also held Penn to 34 percent shooting, including 25 percent (6-for-24) in the second half.
Freshman guard Jordan Reed led the Bearcats with 17 points and 11 rebounds – his fourth double-double in five collegiate games. Junior guard Rayner Moquete added 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. Junior center Alex Ogundadegbe had a career-high 12 rebounds.
The Bearcats shook off a sluggish start and early foul trouble and were within five, 39-34, at intermission. Binghamton misfired on five of its first seven shots to start and Gray was relegated to the bench with three fouls in the game’s first 8:18. Penn used an ensuing 8-0 run to build a 20-11 cushion halfway through the first period.
The Bearcats responded however, with an 8-0 run that featured field goals from four different players. The Quakers hit two more three-pointers (6 in the half) in a 1:26 span and took a 32-24 lead with less than five minutes left. Reed scored six of Binghamton’s final eight points of the half to pull the Bearcats closer.