THE GOOD: Darien Nelson-Henry growing up.
The freshman has continued his trend of better production in the new year. Against St. Joe’s, the offense ran through the forward/center and it showed in that stats. DNH took more shots than any other Quaker, connecting on eight of his 12 attempts. His 17 points were a team high along with his seven rebounds. Darien also managed to stay out of foul trouble, a big accomplishment for the Red and Blue front court. Nelson-Henry committed just two fouls in 32 minutes of playing time.
THE BAD: Shooting behind lines.
From the free throw line, Penn was just 5-for-14 compared to 10-for-13 for St. Joe’s. The Hawks also shot 40.7 percent from behind the three point line compared to the dismal 19.0% percent the Quakers registered from distance. If Penn had been able to make five more free throws and three pointers, giving them percentages of 71.4 percent and 42.8 percent respectively, this game would have gone to overtime. Credit the Hawks' defense for the three-point shooting woes, but there is no excuse for the charity stripe to work against Penn.
THE UGLY: Searching for wins.
Penn has not been able to find back to back victories since Mar. 2 and Mar. 3 of 2012. Out of conference play, Penn has achieved that milestone just once since the beginning of 2012. An 18-11 Ivy League record has helped to mask the out of conference troubles lately. Penn needs to find wins in the Ivy League to help balance out the 3-14 record this season. Before the 13 remaining Ivy League games get under way, Penn must travel to Temple for one more tough non-conference matchup.