Penn's offense goes missing in loss to Yale

Posted: February 16, 2014

NEW HAVEN, CONN. - For about 15 minutes during Friday's night's game against Yale, scoring a basket became a seemingly impossible task for Penn. The Quakers couldn't hit shots - both open and contested - and consistently turned the ball over to a stingy Yale defense.

That offensive drought spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second made a late rally too difficult for the Quakers, as they fell to Yale, 69-54, Friday, in front of 1,128 people at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.

Penn (6-14, 3-3 Ivy) entered the game second in points scored in league play but needed 6 minutes, 38 seconds to make their first field goal of the second half. After taking their biggest lead at 20-12 in the first half, it took the Quakers 14:56 to reach 30 points.

"I'm not sure if it was our fatigue or our inability to maintain our focus," Penn coach Jerome Allen said of the offensive drought. "It wasn't a pretty game. We kind of anticipated that."

Trailing 25-22 at the half, Penn fell behind by double digits quickly in the second half. The Quakers turned the ball over on their first three possessions and did not make a field goal until leading scorer Tony Hicks, who had 19, hit a jumper with 13:22 left in the game. Yale had surged to a 37-26 lead by that point and led by as many as 17 in the second half.

The Quakers sliced the lead to 51-45 with 4:37 remaining, but Yale scored the next seven points to seal the game. Yale's Justin Sears led all scorers with 25.

"It still comes down to us not having the right mind-set coming out the second half, and it all falls back to me," said Allen, who also was displeased that his team gave up 16 offensive rebounds.

Penn's offensive woes carried over from the first half. After taking a 20-12 lead with 5:48 left in the half, which forced Yale into a timeout, Penn scored just one basket the remainder of the half. The Quakers turned the ball over six times after taking the eight-point lead. They had 20 turnovers in the game.

"I don't think it was anything they were doing, it was just us not being as focused as we can be and concentrating," Hicks said. "Just being careless with the ball."

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