There was very little to write home about in Penn’s second to last game of the year against Cornell. The Quakers snuck by the Big Red, 69-65, but neither team looked very impressive outside of small spurts. Here is a slightly warped edition of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
The Ugly: THE WHOLE GAME
There isn’t much to say in this regard. Cornell runs a chuck and pray offense, throwing up three-pointers without thinking and relying on sophomore guard Nolan Cressler to make anything happen. Yet Penn found itself behind in the second half before Fran Dougherty and company got going to push the Quakers ahead for good.
The Ugliest: 2013-14 Cornell basketball
Think Penn’s 8-19 record is bad? Just look at Cornell. The Big Red finished their season with a startling 2-26 record with just one win over a Division I opponent (A victory vs. Dartmouth). Cornell was left with little hope after junior guard Shonn Miller was injured before the season and the team barely salvaged a couple victories out of the season.
The Redeeming Qualities: Dau Jok and Penn’s seniors
On a night where nothing seemed to go right on either team, Cornell waded its way back into the game multiple times late in the second half. But each time, senior captain Dau Jok would hit a clutch three-pointer to hold off the Big Red. He finished the night with six threes and 21 points, playing 39 minutes and all of the second half. Dougherty and fellow-senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright played solid ball down the stretch as well, helping Penn to its first road win in a year.