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February 25, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
It had the look and feel of a purple wave. It didn't always move in unison and the chants weren't always crisp and clean, but the Roman Catholic student section was definitely a force Monday night during the Catholic League championship at the Palestra. According to a school official, the school sold almost 1,800 tickets, which netted nearly $1,600. They also had to turn away another 200 students after the school's available tickets sold out. The Cahillites pulled off a thrilling 64-59 victory, which snapped Neumann-Goretti's six-year stranglehold on the Catholic League title.
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February 16, 2015 | By Jonathan Tannenwald, For The Inquirer
Although Tony Hicks is Penn's veteran leader and its most-feared backcourt threat, the Quakers, surprisingly, have been less successful as his field-goal attempts per game increase. Entering Saturday's Ivy League matchup with Brown at the Palestra, Penn was 5-4 in games when Hicks took less than 20 percent of the team's shots from the field, and 2-9 in games when he took 20 percent or more. That trend continued against the Bears (11-14, 2-6 Ivy). Hicks took 21 percent of Penn's shots - despite playing just 23 minutes - and the Quakers lost, 71-55.
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February 15, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
The excuse after consecutive losses in the second games of their Ivy League back-to-backs the previous two weeks was exhaustion. On Friday against Yale, in the first of two games this weekend, Penn again looked exhausted. Yale (17-7, 6-1 Ivy League), tied with Harvard atop the Ivy, pummeled the Quakers at the Palestra, 75-48, bridging the first and second halves with a 41-13 run that turned a 14-12 first-half advantage into an insurmountable 55-25 lead with more than 14 minutes to play.
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February 5, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Staff Writer
IF SOME DETAILS can be worked out and all the Big 5 schools are satisfied, the Daily News has learned that an annual City Series doubleheader at the Palestra could begin a 5-year run as soon as next season, the Big 5's 60th anniversary. Steve Bilsky, the executive director of the Big 5 since retiring as Penn athletic director last year, confirmed that the doubleheader concept is very much possible. "Each of the schools [other than Penn] would move a minimal number of home games to the Palestra over the 5-year cycle," Bilsky said.
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January 27, 2015 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
PENN'S JUNIORS had never won a Big 5 game. The majority of the losses had not been close. If they were going to get one before their senior years, they had to beat Saint Joseph's Saturday night at the Palestra. Juniors Tony Hicks and Darien Nelson-Henry can now head into the Ivy League season with smiles and a City Series win after holding off the Hawks, 56-52. Penn (5-10, 1-3 Big 5) did not trail for the game's final 25 minutes, but did give up most of a 46-36 lead with 5 minutes left.
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January 26, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn guard Tony Hicks didn't take a shot in the first half, but his offense came alive after intermission. Hicks scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, and Penn snapped an 11-game Big Five losing streak with a 56-52 win over St. Joseph's on Saturday night at the sold-out Palestra. Penn's last Big Five win came Jan. 21, 2012, in an 84-80 triumph over the Hawks. "I kind of just tried to let the game come to me," Hicks said about not taking any first-half shots. "Guys are open, and I have been drawing a lot of attention coming off down screens and things like that, so I looked for the pass.
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January 22, 2015
The Penn (8-5, 3-0 Big 5) women basketball team can win its first-ever Big 5 title outright if it beats Villanova (10-8, 2-1) tonight at the Palestra. The Quakers already have clinched a share of the title. The final Big 5 matchup of the season is the first game of a doubleheader. The women tip off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men, who meet Monmouth at 8 p.m. Sophomore Sydney Stipanovich has a double-double in two of Penn's Big 5 games. In three wins she has averaged 13.7 points per game, 11.6 rebounds and 3.7 blocks.
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January 22, 2015 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Philly.com AAlbert@philly.com
JEROME ALLEN exhaled, hung his head and took a seat on the Penn bench early in the second half. There was no more need for yelling at that moment, it was just a waste of time. There was plenty of time on the clock for a comeback, but the game was so far out of grasp for his Quakers team, and he knew it. Penn suffered a 71-56 dismantling at the hands of Monmouth at the Palestra, only 4 days after the Quakers hung tough with Villanova, one of the nation's best teams. "The thing that is most frustrating is that we played with so much attention to detail, a ton of energy and effort Saturday night," Allen said.
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January 22, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn has had a relatively easy time against Monmouth recently. But in a season that continues to go awry, that was not the case Wednesday at the Palestra, where Monmouth toyed with the cold-shooting Quakers in a 71-56 victory. The Quakers, who lost for the fifth time in their last six games, fell behind early and never mounted any threat against Monmouth, which made 56.3 percent of its shots from the floor. Deon Jones paced the Hawks with 17 points and six rebounds. Max DiLeo, son of former 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo, finished with 12 points, as did Collin Stewart.
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January 22, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The leading scorer in the history of the Palestra decided it was time for a comeback. After almost two years on the disabled list, Jack Scheuer put on his New Balance sneakers and tucked his T-shirt into his Penn basketball shorts. He'd gotten to the Palestra before anyone else late Wednesday morning to get some extra shots in. Jack is 82, by the way. He'd earned his leading-scorer designation long ago, a couple of knee operations back, since he's the veteran of regular Wednesday lunchtime pickup games, since "probably 1975," Scheuer said.
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