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March 2, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
TONY HICKS took a huge hack at Brown's Steven Spieth with 1:31 remaining to send him to the line. Penn's sophomore guard was frustrated, and reasonably so. The Quakers let another game get out of hand, as they fell to Brown, 76-67, at the Palestra. Hicks did all he could possibly do to keep Penn in the game last night. He poured in 25 points on 10-for-24 shooting, and was the only Quaker who got anything going. He had 17 points on 13 shots in the first half alone. "In the first half, he took initiative to say, 'Despite who is in front of me, I am going to get us a bucket,' " Penn coach Jerome Allen said.
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February 23, 2014 | By Aaron Bracy, For The Inquirer
Penn's turnover problem reminds coach Jerome Allen of his grandmother's broken record player. New game, same song. The Quakers have been plagued by turnovers all season, and they committed 20 in an 83-63 loss to Harvard at the Palestra on Friday. It was the worst-ever home defeat to Harvard for Penn (6-16, 3-5 Ivy League), which had won 74 of 87 home contests against the Crimson (21-4, 8-1) entering Friday. The Quakers lost those previous 13 games by a combined 61 points and never had been beaten by more than 13 points at home until Friday's blowout.
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February 21, 2014 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
SHEP GARNER does a lot of things for Roman Catholic's basketball team that don't make it into the box score. Loose ball on the floor? Expect Garner to be the first one to dive for it. Teammate misses an assignment? Look for Garner to explain the gaffe - sometimes calmly, sometimes not so calmly. "Shep's like a player/coach," sophomore point guard Tony Carr said. "He's the captain. He's a senior and this is his last year. " Before Garner moves on to Penn State, where he will play in the rugged Big Ten, he is making sure every piece of his heart will be left out on the Palestra floor - and anywhere else Roman's postseason takes it. With eight points, six rebounds and a few knee burns, Garner led Roman past stubborn La Salle, 52-45, last night to advance to Monday's Catholic League championship game (7 p.m., Palestra)
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February 10, 2014 | By Mike Still, For The Inquirer
Penn head basketball coach Jerome Allen understands there can be a "slippage" in performance a day after battling for a hard-earned Ivy League victory. Quakers senior Fran Dougherty, however, ignored that expectation on Saturday night against Columbia. Powered by Dougherty's 23 points, the Quakers defeated Columbia, 68-60, at the Palestra. The win was Penn's second at home in as many days, building on its victory over Cornell. "He taught our guys a bit of a lesson there," Columbia coach Kyle Smith said of Dougherty.
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January 22, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AS A COMPETITOR, the only thing Temple guard Will Cummings wants is to be on the court trying to help his team. Especially when the team really needs him. So imagine how frustrating the last week-and-a-half has been for him, when all he could do was mostly sit and watch. Concussions will do that. "Knowing you're a leader, you want to set the best example," said the 6-2 junior from Jacksonville, Fla., who took a hit to his head trying to get through a screen early in the Jan. 9 game against South Florida at the Liacouras Center.
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January 21, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
IT WAS ALL SET UP for a Big East showdown between the only teams with unbeaten league records tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Villanova certainly did its part by blasting DePaul, 88-62, Saturday at the Pavilion. Creighton, however, was beaten at Providence, 81-68. It is still a very significant game with Doug McDermott and the Blue Jays back to WFC where they won an NCAA game last March before losing to Duke in the third round. But there will be only one team on the court without a Big East loss.
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January 21, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
AS EVERYONE in Philadelphia knows, any Big 5 game in the Palestra is special. The atmosphere in the Cathedral of Basketball is always electric when teams from the city meet. Saturday was no different, and was even more exciting when ESPN's "College GameDay" rolled into town. "It was so much louder," Temple's Anthony Lee said. "This was the first time I have heard it being this super loud. My ears stopped up a little bit. " The student sections brought their respective "A" games.
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January 20, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Digger Phelps walked into an empty Palestra on Friday morning. He called out across the quiet court. Then he waited for the sound of his voice to wash back over him: Number one, Villanova! Number one, St. Joe's! Number one, Notre Dame! "I just listened to the acoustic and the echo. That's what made this place," Phelps said. "Some gyms, it's like . . . nothing. You do it here, and you hear that echo, that vibration. " The Palestra is more than just "some gym," to the longtime Notre Dame coach and cohost of ESPN's College GameDay , which will broadcast live from there Saturday morning.
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January 20, 2014 | By Ray Parrillo, For The Inquirer
Big Five rivals don't require the presence of the ESPN College GameDay crew to get their juices boiling, but the network gave the rest of the country the chance to see the emotion that flowed at the sold-out Palestra on Saturday as La Salle finally defeated Temple, 74-68, before a crowd of 8,722. The Explorers (11-6) had lost eight straight to the Owls (5-11), whose current losing streak reached six games, their longest since Fran Dunphy became head coach eight years ago. "This will be an especially great memory for me," said La Salle senior guard Tyreek Duren, a Philly product who had never experienced a win over Temple.
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January 20, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
WHEN DIGGER Phelps brought his Notre Dame teams to Philadelphia to play in the Palestra, he did something every time. His team would yell "No. 1 Notre Dame," but instead of immediately breaking the huddle, he made his team listen to their voices echo throughout this cathedral of basketball. He took a trip down memory lane yesterday, the day before ESPN's "College GameDay" hits the Palestra for the La Salle-Temple game at noon. "To me, this good is as good as any," Phelps said.
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