The Palestra was rocking for Battle of 33rd Street, as the Quakers matched up against the Drexel Dragons. Though Penn led by eight with 13 minutes remaining, the Dragons charged back to win, 61-59, behind a 15-point second half performance from freshman guard Tavon Allen.
THE GOOD: Surprise! It's Fran again.
The junior forward tallied an efficient 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double. Dougherty scored most of his points inside, often driving from the three-point line, drawing contact and finishing on short jumpers. Perhaps even more important than his offensive production, Doc was the only Quaker with more than three rebounds on the night.
THE BAD: Lots of turnovers, and not like the pastry.
Eighteen turnovers for the Red and Blue, including 11 in the second half, made the difference against Drexel. In particular, freshman center Darien Nelson-Henry struggled in the post and recorded four giveaways in just 14 minutes of playtime. An uncharacteristic six turnovers from junior guard Miles Cartwright also hurt the Quakers.
THE UGLY: Drexel fans (almost) starting a chant with Cartwright down.
Late in the second half, Cartwright drove inside and collided with a Drexel player before falling to the floor and staying down. While sports trainers attended to him, a couple of Dragons fans tried to get a chant going on the Drexel side. The chants ended when a couple of Penn fans yelled down to the Dragons' side to "have some respect." To the relief of Quaker fans, Cartwright returned to the game a few minutes later.