Game 3: Fairfield — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Coming off of a Monday night loss to Delaware, the Quakers failed to reverse their momentum, falling to Fairfield on Tuesday night, 62-53, in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off (see recap). Despite the loss, the Quakers made some changes from Monday night that altered the tone against the Stags.

THE GOOD: Fran, again. The 6-foot-8 big man took leadership of the team from both inside and outside the lane, accounting for 31 of the Quakers’ 53 points. He also led the team with 10 rebounds and attacked the boards underneath, capitalizing on several missed shots by Jamal Lewis (more on that later). Penn’s rebounding was much better overall, as the Quakers outrebounded the Stags, 38-30 and outscored them in the paint, 30-20.

THE BAD: Shooters not named Fran. Penn shot 35.8 percent from the field for the game overall, connecting on just 19 of their 53 shots. Taking Dougherty out of the equations, they hit on just 6-of-32. The Red and Blue were even more dismal from three-point land, hitting just 2-of-14 shots from beyond the arc. Despite numerous attempts, Jamal Lewis could not capitalize on any his four three-pointers and Miles Cartwright had a terrible night, shooting just 2-for-8 from the field. Cartwright didn’t display the same vital leadership on the court he did against UMBC, or even Monday night against Delaware.  With 55.6 seconds left in the game, he fouled out for the second consecutive night — but this time he was the only Penn player to do so.

THE UGLY: Penn's first-half defense. Fairfield sunk three three-pointers in the first half to which Penn defenders responded lackadaisically, jogging back on offense with little display of emotion. The Quakers made all those treys easy too, routinely failing to get their hands up on defense to challenge long-range shots.

THE BETTER, Part 1: Penn’s white uniforms. They proved far less abusive to the eyes and made look Penn slightly more professional than those tacky red monstrosities they sported on Monday night. Shame then, that Fairfield sported jerseys almost identical in color scheme (red background, black lettering) to Penn’s uniforms from last night.

THE BETTER, Part 2: Coach Bowman’s teaching moments from the bench. Bowman emphasized the learning process rather than the loss. As the assistant coach told Cartwright on the bench immediately after he fouled out, “You try, you learn, you move on.”

18 thoughts on “Game 3: Fairfield — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

  1. You won't much basketball interest posted here FOJL. Your borish comments and personal attacks are not appreciated. So, we post elsewhere.

  2. My prior contribution was not boorish.

    Instead the remark and the associated photo was meant to illustrate a concern that many people share

    The timings and venues of these tournaments are not conducive for fans, parents, alums and students

    No personal attacks were made either.

  3. I like the "The Better" addition to this. It's irked me a bit that these articles have (understandably) focused on the negatives. You know, if you wanted to have another arts-themed post to discuss the more positive aspects of games, there's definitely no shortage of titles: "The Incredibles," "The Greatest Game Ever Played," or perhaps the most appropriate, "Great Expectations."

  4. Jay makes an excellent point in his contribution. I like the 2nd better -- the impact that Coach Bowman is making on the program. One of the hardest working players to ever suit up for the Red and Blue. Ask Dunphy about his work ethic. What he is imparting with the students is representative of this. Bravo to Coach Bowman.

  5. I like the whole coaching staff this year...they have a lot of teaching to do it'll get through. FOJL i know you don't like Jok but he can shoot and even if he's not on the floor he's the type of guy you need on a winning team. we've had them on all our good teams in both football and basketball over the years. And he's a great leader, he's valuable to young this team especially.

  6. Nobody is questioning his personal qualities and/or his off-the-court skills. The humanitarian efforts are remarkable and better than any of us will ever do given what the young man has endured.

    But....is the spot on the roster better suited to someone who can actually help the team win games?

  7. Like who? Zack Rosen? Dwight Howard? Bill Russell? Surely not Marin Kukoc or Larry Loughery, who left the team on their own. And surely not Malcolm Washington, or Carson Sullivan, or Brian Fitzpatrick, or Casey James, right? Ohhh, you must mean Kenyatta Smith and Kevin Panzer and Maurice Watson.

    Get over it -- you work with who you have. Dau Jok isn't going to be replaced by some guy from the developmental league, or from AAA, or the practice squad. Or anyone else.

  8. Thank you for the contribution again.

    I apologize if the context was lost. My point is that this guy has not proven he can play. He needs to be recruited over. We need someone next year or the following year that can play basketball. Not wave a towel or pat guys on the ass.

    Jok is treated like a "Chosen One" (see earlier comments from brother-in-law Gensler, and lapdog shill Tannenwald)
    but the fact remains abundantly clear. He has not proven that he can play. His spot on the roster will be better served by someone else in the long run.

  9. He has been recruited over. Despite that, he's clearly thought highly enough of to be made a team captain.

  10. Great thread. Enjoyed reading through it. I'm in such an easygoing mood right now that, frankly, I agree with all of you and all of your points.

  11. Steven Becker -- A true gem! Thank you for your contribution! Are you also surprised that Jonothon Tannenwald seems to be MIA?

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