Game 15: Princeton — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Good Bad & Ugly

Penn had a rough start to the Ivy season with a 65-53 loss at Princeton. The Quakers (2-13) never found an offensive rhythm as they fell for the fourth straight time at Jadwin Gym. The Tigers (7-7) have now won seven of the last eight games against the Red and Blue.

THE GOOD: Tony Hicks getting more playing time. Though there was not much good to come out of this game, the freshman guard played a career-high 30 minutes against Princeton. Though there is still a lot of room for improvement in Hicks' game, he was the only player able to gain some momentum for the Quakers. He scored a career-high and team-high 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half. His continuous improvement is something Penn fans can be excited about.

THE BAD: Miles Cartwright's shooting. The junior captain had just six points against the Tigers, as he went 1-for-7 from the floor. As Princeton extended its lead in the second half, Cartwright tried to do too much on his own and took some bad shots. This is the second consecutive game in which Cartwright hasn't hit double digits.

THE UGLY: Penn's perimeter defense. Princeton shot 11-for-22 from beyond the arc behind junior guard T.J. Bray's six threes. The Tigers' quick ball movement had the Red and Blue chasing and time and time again, Princeton players were wide open on the perimeter. Bray led all scorers with 23 points, and the Tigers are now 5-0 when he reaches double-digits.

Liveblog: Penn basketball at La Salle

The Quakers (2-10, 0-1 Big 5) have dropped five straight as they head into their second Big 5 game of the year. Penn is coming off a 70-57 loss to No. 17 Butler, while La Salle (9-3, 1-0) recently fell to Miami, 76-59. Follow all the action here:

Game Eight: Princeton — The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Penn kept its Ivy title hopes alive with a 28-21 victory at Princeton on Saturday (see recap). Billy Ragone led another game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, while the defense kept the Quakers in the game, forcing four turnovers on the day. The Red and Blue are still tied with Harvard for first place in the league. They face the Crimson — who beat Columbia, 69-0, on Saturday — next weekend at Franklin Field.

THE GOOD: The running game. Penn had its best ground game of the season with 211 rushing yards on 47 attempts, significantly more than the season average of 132.9 yards. Lyle Marsh led the way with 104 net yards on the ground, followed by Billy Ragone with 61 and Jeff Jack with 50. Ragone and Jack each had a rushing touchdown on the day.

THE BAD: Penn's pass rush. Penn had just one sack on Princeton's two quarterbacks. Connor Michelsen and Quinn Epperly threw for 319 yards combined and often had plenty of time to find an open receiver. After Saturday's game, Penn has just 11 sacks on the season, second-worst in the Ivy League.

THE UGLY: Penn students' attempt to rush the field. Penn Athletics arranged for buses to bring students to the game, and many Greek organizations organized their own transportation, so the stands were packed with Penn students. As the clock ran out and the Quakers sealed their 28-21 victory over Princeton, there was a pathetic attempt to rush the field. No more than 20 students participated, and everything quickly fell apart as the students ran into the masses of players meeting in the middle of the field to shake hands.

Liveblog: Penn football at Princeton

I'm at Princeton Stadium with Anna Strong and John Phillips. With Penn, Princeton and Harvard tied for first place in the Ivy League, the Quakers' matchup with the Tigers has title implications for the first time since 2005. Penn ( 3-4, 3-1 Ivy) has won its last five games against Princeton (4-3, 3-1), but the Tigers are certainly a different team this year. Follow all the action here:

Larry Loughery leaves Penn basketball program

Larry Loughery has left the Penn men's basketball team, coach Jerome Allen told me Friday. Here's what Allen had to say about the fifth-year senior:

Larry has decided to leave the program. He's not going to play this year, but in my opinion he's still a part of the program. He's been very instrumental just in terms of his commitment to battling through adversity. He's been a great example to some of the other guys who've had opportunities taken away from them because of injury. He's had courage to keep coming back, and he's been fun to be around. I wish it went a little different, but I appreciate all he gave to this program.

Loughery played in seven games as a freshman, three as a sophomore and one as a junior. Each of his seasons at Penn has been cut short due to injury, and he sat out all of last year. Overall, he's played just 78 minutes in his four years at Penn with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Loughery is the second player to leave the program this year. In September, junior Marin Kukoc quit the team. Loughery was also the last member of the team to have played under previous head coach Glen Miller.

The Quakers now have no seniors on their roster.

Liveblog: Penn football vs. Brown

Brown comes to Franklin Field after a big win over Cornell last weekend, while the Quakers are coming off their first Ivy loss of the season and have no room for error if they hope to stay in the Ivy title race. Follow all the action here:

Liveblog: Penn football vs. Columbia

The Quakers take on Columbia at Franklin Field looking to stay undefeated in the Ivy League. Follow along with all the action here:

Liveblog: Penn football vs. William & Mary

The Quakers face their final non-conference opponent of the season, William & Mary, at Franklin Field. Follow along with the action below:

Liveblog: Penn football at Dartmouth

The Quakers kick off the Ivy season against the Big Green in Hanover, N.H. It should be a close game, as each matchup between these teams in the past three seasons has come down to the final possession. Follow all the action here:

Liveblog: Penn Football vs. Villanova

After turning the ball over eight times against Lafayette last weekend, resulting in a 28-21 loss, the Quakers look to bounce back and get their first win against Villanova in 101 years. Follow all the action below: