November 26, 2014 |
IT WAS A Big 5 game, the first of the young season. Sometimes, maybe that's all you really have to say. Especially for the purists out there. Penn had lost its first three, all at home. Freshman Mike Auger, the Quakers' leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, was out with a foot injury that might sideline him for a while. And top scorer Tony Hicks, who had all but two of his 17 points in the first half, fouled out with 6 1/2 minutes to go last night at Temple's Liacouras Center.
November 23, 2014 |
There were signs of progress for the Penn Quakers Saturday night at the Palestra. Junior guard Tony Hicks showed the extra time he put in on his passing and ballhandling during the offseason is paying off. Freshmen such as Mike Auger and Antonio Woods gave Penn followers reason to hope for the future. And overall, the Quakers showed resolve and stronger commitment to defense than last season's team. Nonetheless, the night ended with Penn (0-3) still looking for its first win, as Lafayette (3-1)
November 20, 2014 |
Rider came out on fire and Penn did not. That was the difference Tuesday night in the visitors' 73-57 win at the Palestra in a game that was never competitive after the Broncs jumped out to a 40-26 lead by the break. "I didn't think we played with the right sense of urgency," Penn coach Jerome Allen said. "I didn't think we played with the right sense of selflessness. " Rider, coming off an opening 64-58 loss at Princeton, had fire in its belly and its shooting touch. The Broncs shot 15 for 25 in the first half, including 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. Penn never got closer than 12 points in the second half.
November 19, 2014 |
The NCAA has awarded the 2016 East Regional for men's basketball to Philadelphia, marking the fifth time the Wells Fargo Center will host the event. The announcement came Monday, when the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee disclosed the sites for preliminary rounds and regionals from 2016 through 2018. The 2016 regional semifinals and finals, which will be played on March 25 and 27, will be hosted by La Salle. The Philadelphia Sports Congress estimated that about 5,000 room nights and $10 million in economic impact would be generated for the city.
November 16, 2014 |
A dreadful finish doomed what looked like a promising start for Penn. The Quakers went ice cold down the stretch in a 77-75, season-opening overtime defeat to Delaware State on Saturday at the Palestra. Tony Hicks led the Quakers with 31 points. Hicks had a chance to win it in regulation, but his bank shot from the right baseline at the buzzer went off the glass and then off the rim. "It was just a bunny that didn't go in," Hicks said. The Quakers looked in control, up by 62-54 with 6 minutes, 20 seconds left in the second half before an offensive drought, going 1-for-6 from the field with three turnovers in the final 6:20 of regulation.
November 12, 2014 |
PENN PROSPECTUS It all comes down to: How quickly, and how often, the freshmen contribute in the backcourt. The loss of Miles Jackson-Cartwright means backcourt minutes need to be replaced and freshmen Antonio Woods and Darnell Foreman could make immediate impacts. Penn also isn't very deep in the frontcourt outside of 6-11 junior Darien Nelson-Henry. Plenty of roles and minutes are up for grabs. Shouldering the load: Coach Jerome Allen said he doesn't assign leadership roles based on being an upperclassman.
November 2, 2014 |
Many of the country's top collegiate wrestlers came to Philadelphia for a topflight competition, and owning a higher ranking, or even being a defending NCAA champion, didn't guarantee a win. Two of the four defending NCAA champions at the 49th annual National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic at the Palestra Saturday were defeated. Minnesota senior Scott Schiller, the No. 2-ranked 197-pound wrestler, according to TheOpenMat.com, beat defending NCAA champ and top-ranked J'den Cox of Missouri, 5-3, after earning a takedown with 31 seconds left in the first overtime period.
October 29, 2014
AFTER 19 SEASONS, Bishop McDevitt basketball coach Jack Rutter has retired. Rutter, a retired member of the Philadelphia Police Department, will also no longer teach at the school and has accepted a job in the criminal-justice arena. Last season, the Lancers made the playoffs and finished 5-8 in Catholic League play and 12-13 overall. Eight years ago, he took time off to battle - and beat - stomach cancer. Among several players he coached, Rutter mentioned standout Ryan Presson, the son of Temptations tenor Ronald Tyson Presson (stage name Ron Tyson)
October 23, 2014
The NWCA All-Star Classic is coming to the Palestra on Nov. 1, and three area wrestlers will compete in the showcase matches - two from Penn and one from Drexel. Penn's Lorenzo Thomas, who finished sixth at nationals, will wrestle Rider's Clint Morrison. The Quakers' C.J. Cobb, who moved up to 149 pounds, will take on Virgina Tech's Devin Carter. Drexel's Kevin Devoy Jr., who is ranked 17th in the nation at 133, will face Ithaca's Alex Gomez, the runner-up at last year's NCAA Division III Championships at 133 pounds.
September 17, 2014 |
The nation's top wrestlers will start the season Nov. 1 at the Palestra in the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star Classic. Tickets, which start at $10 (with premium seating plans going up to $150) are on sale at the Penn Athletics box office and at PennAthletics.com. In the weeks leading up to the event, the NWCA will announce the full field weight-by-weight. Field hockey. Juniors Kerry Anne Farrell, an Archbishop Prendergast graduate, and Jen Webb (Gwynedd-Mercy)