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Final: YALE 87 PENN 79

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all of our loyal Buzz readers from the Palestra. It's David Bernstein here for tonight's contest between the Quakers and the Yale Bulldogs. It's not a great day to be a Red and Blue hoops fan--and an even worse one to be a Penn fan at the Palestra. The Quakers haven't won an Ivy contest at home yet (4-5 overall), but will look to push themselves back up to .500 in conference play tonight. They fought Yale to a narrow victory up at John J. Lee Amphitheater in Connecticut, and we'll see if Penn can notch its first season sweep of the year.

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FINAL: Albany 73, PENN 63

FINAL: Albany 73, PENN 63

Albany pressing now, trying to put this away. Penn breaks it but is just a tumbling mess on offense. Somehow, the ball gets back to Bernardini behind the line, who draws three foul shots off a Harris foul. He ices all three. On the Danes' next inbounds, Penn fouls Raffa, who goes 2-for-2. Gaines hopsteps for a layup but Raffa heads to the line again as Penn is forced to foul. Tack two more on for Albany. Hastings tosses an alley-oop to Ambrose to put an emphatic end on this one.

1:03 2nd Half: Albany 67, PENN 56

Rosen finds a wide-open Eggleston who is short on his three attempt. The press forces yet another Albany turnover and Bernardini just misses a leaner but goes to the line on a blocking call. He bricks the first and gets the roll on the second. On the inbounds, Albany finally breaks the press and it pays dividends, as Raffa gets the And-1 (and makes it) off a Cofield foul. This is not looking good for Penn. After a Rosen miss, Egee commits his fifth foul and is gone.

1:51 2nd Half: Albany 62, PENN 54

Rosen intercepts a second Hail Mary attempt and gets Bernardini to the line. He has not been very good from the line tonight but makes these two. Great hustle from Rosen off an Albany inbounds forces a jump-ball, but possession favors the Danes.

2:10 2nd Half: Albany 62, PENN 52

The Great Danes' try an audacious Hail Mary to beat the press but Gaines forces Ambrose to lose control of it. On the ensuing possession, Gaines dribbles in place and then tries to pop a three with a defender in his face -- he misses. After a Danes basket, Rosen cuts down the lane and hangs in the air for a double-clutch lefty layup. But Penn can't keep trading baskets.

3:02 2nd Half: Albany 60, PENN 50

Jerel Hastings throws down a nasty dunk as the Danes beat the press -- this one was certainly more impressive than Harris', because Hastings' throwdown had some anger and assertiveness to it. 8.

4:05 2nd Half: Albany 56, PENN 48

Rosen knocks down a three thanks to an aggressive Eggleston screen and the Danes can't get the ball inbounded, and are forced to call a timeout.

4:30 2nd Half: Albany 56, PENN 45

Another open three missed by the Quakers. Ambrose slices and dices and bowls over Votel for two. 

5:19 2nd Half: Albany 52, PENN 45

After a Votel layup, Albany dribbles and screen its way out of the press. Rosen misses a jumper from just inside the key and then makes a smart foul on Raffa as the Danes' go in transition. Raffa, who is 3-for-4 from three tonight, misses both foul shots. The Fox radio announcer next to me keeps calling Penn "UPenn." Guess he didn't read the press packet, which politely asks media to call the University "Penn." Rosen find Egee under the net for two and then the press forces an Albany turnover.

7:50 2nd Half: Albany 52, PENN 41

Cofield and Turley in now. Turley gets rejected on a not-so-strong attempt to dunk or lay it in. And just as Penn is in transition, Albany gets a steal. Tommy McMahon checks in for Penn again. This is going nowhere right now, and with a 13-point deficit, Penn can't let that happen. Rosen doesn't let it happen, pump-faking Raffa beyond the arc, dribbling and hitting a shot from the elbow. Bernardini then hits a three, and Raffa comes right back with one over a reaching Rosen. Bernardini pump-fakes and draws a shooting foul. He nails both. Penn starts pressing now, but the Danes easily break it. Ambrose gets an up-and-under to go and Miller is irate. 

11:40 2nd Half: Albany 47, PENN 34

Rosen finds Gaines inside, who gets fouled just before the shot clock expires. Gaines fronts the first -- almost an airball -- but gets nothing but net on No. 2. Raffa is left open from three after a double-team and swishes one again from the corner. All the momentum and all the bounces are going the Danes' way right now. Media timeout, and the cheerleaders come out, wobbling their way through the routine. Some more practice might be in order.

13:22 2nd Half: Albany 42, PENN 33

Harris is getting vocal on court, trying to rile up Albany after it committed a shot-clock violation. Eggleston gets a good look from downtown but is just short. Raffa cans a tough one from long-distance. Rosen breaks some ankles and fires a pass out but Penn can't do anything but miss another shot.

15:57 2nd Half: Albany 35, PENN 33

Lots of dribbling and passing going on in Penn's offense (as we should see in a motion offense). Another bad inbounds from Rosen results in an easy run-'n'-dunk for Will Harris. Nice extension but a weak finish -- I give it a 7. Egee isn't fazed and slips under the net from the baseline for two. Bernardini gets a steal but the ref gets in the way, knocking the ball (accidentally?) to Albany. Rosen makes a great play, jumping and blocking a Danes pass that would've resulted in an easy transition basket. Eggleston makes a 6-foot jumper after getting open along the baseline. 

HALFTIME: Albany 31, PENN 28

Rosen drives and makes a nice dish behind his head to Eggleston, but the guard's momentum gets him called for a charge. Bernardini then misses badly on bad shot in transition. Eggleston misses his first shot, a baby hook off a feed from Turley. Ambrose hits a three from the corner. On the last possession, Rosen draws two defenders and slips it inside to Turley, who puts it in for what looks to be two, and an And-1. But the refs call a charge.

Halftime stats:

FG: Albany 13-32 (40.6%), Penn 11-27 (40.7%)

3-Pointers: Albany 1-8 (12.5%), Penn 4-10 (40.0%)

Rebounds: Albany 18, Penn 18

Assists: Albany 3, Penn 9

High scorers: Eggleston 10, Ambrose 9, Harris 8, Bernardini 6, Connelly 6, Raffa 6

 

2:54 1st Half: PENN 28, Albany 26

I'm seriously considering sampling the arena food.

Rosen picks Johnson's pocket and goes coast-to-coast for a layup. The man-to-man is stifling Albany's shooters now and the Quakers are getting boards. Rosen pulls up for a three as Penn takes its first lead of the game. Bernardini then gets open in the corner and drills the trey. Meanwhile, Rosen has six assists already and only one turnover (his first in three games).

4:49 1st Half: Albany 24, PENN 20

Cofield hits only the first of his one-and-one. Harris takes a drive right into Eggleston and the crowd loves it. The refs don't though and Harris gets called for a charge. But the zebras quickly even it up with an off-the-ball foul call on Votel on the Quakers' offensive possession. Raffa capitalizes with a falling-away three from the corner. Turley and Rosen relieve Gaines and Votel. Eggleston posts and spins for another easy two, using his finesse against Albany's strength. After a tough defensive board, Penn goes downcourt and Bernardini makes a reverse layup in transition.

7:15 1st Half: Albany 22, PENN 15

Gaines finally hits a shot after he gets open at the top of the three-point line. Raffa does likewise, this time, just inside the line, and Cofield tries to return the favor and is fouled on his pull-up. 

8:06 1st Half: Albany 20, PENN, 12

Again, the Quakers don't get the roll as Bernardini just misses a tough layup. Raffa makes a nice midrange fadeaway in isolation to add two more to Albany's lead. Then, the Danes get a steal of a lazy inbounds from Rosen under their basket. Tim Ambrose then controls his body beautifully on a drive down the lane to avoid a charge on Eggleston, and nets two more for Albany. Eggleston hits right back with a 15-foot fadeaway from the baseline. In the post, Eggleston spins and gets the kiss off the glass. He's 4-for-4 so far, but that's getting neutralized by another drive and missed layup by Gaines. Ambrose shows the Penn soph how it's done with a spinning drive of his own that splits the Penn D for an easy two. Will Harris comes off a pick, gets a pass inside and takes it right to Votel for a lefty layup. Timeout Penn.

11:42 1st Half: Albany 12, PENN 8

Not much else going on. Bernardini commits a reach-in on one end and then draws one from the Danes on the other. So hungry. I have a craving for Wendy's which would have been satisfied had I actually seen a Wendy's on the drive down from Montreal. 

12:34 1st Half: Albany 12, PENN 8

Gaines is in for Egee and Turley trades his spot on the bench for Votel's on the floor. The man defense is working but once again, the Quakers cannot get the box out and Turley fouls Harris as he goes up for the putback. Harris makes both. Cam Lewis is in for Turley and Tommy McMahon comes in for Eggleston. The Great Danes' Scotty McRae airballs a trey, drawing weak "Airball, Airball" heckles from the Penn contigent. Gaines looks sloppy early on, bricking a shot from the top of the key and later dribbling his way into a double-team and turnover. Bernardini gets a good look from three but misses it, and Rosen creates his own open jumper and also misses. After a run in transition, Bernardini draws a blocking foul but only makes one of two.

15:53 1st Half: Albany 8, PENN 7

Rosen lobs a full-court pass to a streaking Eggleston for an easy transition deuce. The freshman already has two assists. Unfortunately for Penn, Egee picks up his second foul trying to stop a second-chance attempt from Albany.

17:20 1st Half: Albany 6, PENN 5

Penn comes out in a man-to-man but surrenders a drive to Ambrose. Eggleston hits right back with a nice jumper from the elbow off a halfcourt set. On the other end, Connelly, a big man, gets a mismatch against Egee in the post and the Penn guard is forced to foul. Connelly makes both free throws. On the next possession, Rosen makes an aggressive drive to the basket but can't get the roll on a tough layup. The Quakers' offense looks good early on, as Rosen finds Votel in the corner for a three.

Brandon Moyse reporting live from Albany, as the Quakers get set to square off against the Great Danes. Albany is coming off a 17-point trouncing of Columbia, while Penn is coming off a 4-hour bus ride from Philly. If you have any ideas where I should eat or what I should do after the game, please leave a comment.

Starters:

PENN:

G Zack Rosen

G Tyler Bernardini

G Kevin Egee

F Jack Eggleston

F Brennan Votel

ALBANY:

G Anthony Raffa

G Tim Ambrose

F Will Harris

F Brian Connelly

C Brett Gifford

Penn vs. Monmouth, Live Updates

Good evening from the Palestra, where the Penn Quakers (0-2) and Monmouth Hawks (0-3) are both looking for that elusive first win of the season. For Penn, Andreas Schreiber, Aron Cohen, Darren Smith and Justin Reilly are all in street clothes, while Tommy McMahon is in uniform for the first time in ages. Keep refreshing the page throughout the game for live updates on the Quakers' home opener. --Andrew Todres

Final, Penn 83, Monmouth 62

Penn eased up a little bit and Monmouth knocked down a few shots down the stretch, but the finish was just a formality. Cameron Lewis put the icing on the cake with a dunk in traffic. Overall, great second half for the Quakers, who finally have a win under their belts.

3:10 to go in the 2nd, Penn 77, Monmouth 52

Not much to report. Votel hit three consecutive baskets and Cofield's great athleticism has been on display. This is just a great team win for the Quakers -- so many different players have contributed quality minutes. The Hey Song started out a cappella and was subsequently drowned out by the band's rendition of Final Countdown.

7:41 to go in the 2nd, Penn 62, Monmouth 40

Penn is holding steady with a comfortable lead and has seen a lot of good minutes out of Cofield. Possibly the best athlete on the team, Cofield had a nice tip-in on a Gaines miss and a strong layup after a pretty move on the baseline. He has also been a force defensively, forcing a couple of turnovers and putting pressure on the Monmouth offense.

11:28 to go in the 2nd, Penn 53, Monmouth 29

As I expected, Penn has finally taken over this game. Egee has really helped out on both ends of the court. He hit two deep threes to extend the Quakers' lead, and he followed up a pair of free throws by forcing a turnover off the ensuing inbound. Bernardini had a great 3-point play off of a spin move into a layup on a breakaway, and McMahon hit his first field goal -- a midrange jumper. Penn is firing on all cylinders right now.

15:17 to go in the 2nd, Penn 38, Monmouth 23

Penn is finally starting to pick it up offensively, thanks to Bernardini (as usual) and Zack Rosen, who just came on strong with his first two field goals of his career. After a big three-pointer by Bernardini to put Penn up 13, the Quakers executed a great play to find Rosen all by himself in the corner, and he drained the 3. After Monmouth's Yaniv Simpson responded with a 3 at the other end, the lefty Rosen ran the floor and hit a tough lay-up with his right hand, giving Penn the 38-23 advantage. One other note -- Eggleston picked up his 3rd foul 20 seconds into the half and was replaced by Turley. Right now, the lineup is Bernardini, Cohen, Turley, Egee, and Votel.

Halftime Stats

Penn

Bernardini, 5-8, 16 points

Egee, McMahon, Belcore, Cofield, and Votel all have two points each

Rosen, 4 assists

Votel, 4 turnovers, 5 rebounds

Turley, 5 rebounds

7-26 FG as a team, 2-12 3pt, 10-12 FT

Monmouth

Travis Taylor, 8 points, 7 rebounds

Rutledge, 6 points

8-28 FG as a team, 2-12 3 pt

Haltime, Penn 26, Monmouth 18

Poor shooting and finishing around the basket has really kept Penn from pulling away with this game. Votel has provided a nice presence inside, but he just doesn't have any touch around the basket today like he did Tuesday against Drexel. Glen Miller has gone to a pretty deep rotation this half, with Turley seeing a lot of positive minutes. Penn's free throw shooting has been much improved -- except for two Votel bricks, Penn has been perfect from the line. The Quakers' defense has been strong as well, and they're doing a great job of hustling for loose balls and securing rebounds to start breakaways. Rosen has been relatively quiet after sparking Penn early with two assists, and he doesn't seem too confident in his ability to score. He still is without a field goal in his collegiate career, and he pulled up on a breakaway and caused a turnover just as the Quakers were building up momentum. That said, it was an average half for Penn, but I wouldn't be surprised if they took this game over after the break. I'll be back shortly with the halftime stats.

3:21 to go in the 1st, Penn 22, Monmouth 16

Well the highlight of this last stretch of play was the entrance of Tommy McMahon, for the first time in about a year-and-a-half. The senior fan favorite actually played very well, especially for someone that has never played in a game with anyone below the class of 2010. He found himself on the court with all freshmen and sophomores but handled himself well within the offense. He didn't force anything, and drew a foul inside and knocked home both of his free throws. He also had a nice defensive rebound to start a breakaway, ending with a Remy Cofield layup. Conor Turley has seen a lot of minutes and has been a strong presence on the boards for Penn. For Monmouth, Rutledge is the only significant offensive force. And an interesting stat so far: Penn is 8-8 from the line, with four different players contributing perfect trips.

7:55 to go in the 1st, Penn 16, Monmouth 11

Some poor shooting and a few turnovers by the Quakers have allowed a weaker Monmouth team to hang around. With Bernardini out of the game, the Hawks' R.J. Rutledge hit a three to help Monmouth get back in the game. Meanwhile, Gaines has been ice cold, missing several open shots. Brennan Votel has been helpful on the glass and scrapped for a loose ball to keep a possesion alive, but he's very hesitant in the paint, leading to a 3-second violation earlier. Rob Belcore is seeing some playing time right now for the Quakers, giving Tyler Bernardini a rest. He hit two free throws earlier.

11:25 to go in the 1st, Penn 12, Monmouth 4

Penn stretched its lead out a bit more thanks entirely to Tyler Bernardini, who has scored the last 7 points for the Quakers. Dave Calloway is yelling at his players during the media timeout, telling them that they're playing scared. Bernardini hit a 3 from the in front of Monmouth's bench to put the Quakers at 12 and had been fouled hard on the previous posession on a breakaway -- he swished both of his free throws. Monmouth looks pretty confused by Penn's matchup zone. On another note, Conor Turley saw a bit of action early, giving Eggleston a breather, while Harrison Gaines subbed in for Egee. Gaines made a poor decision earlier forcing up a shot that was blocked.

15:45 to go in the 1st, Penn 5, Monmouth 0

Penn is dominating Monmouth on both ends of the court but having a little bit of difficulty finishing their possessions. The Quakers started off with a Tyler Berarndini 3 off of a great feed from Rosen. Then, thanks to a steal in transition from Eggleston, Penn took it the other way with Rosen feeding Egee on a streaking layup. Penn's ball movement has been excellent, as has its defense. Bernardini forced his man into a 5-second violation, and Penn also forced Monmouth into a shot-clock violation. Dave Calloway is livid at his team.

Starting Lineups

Monmouth

F Mike Myers Keitt

F Dutch Gaitley

G Yaniv Simpson

G James Hett

G R.J. Rutledge

Penn

F Jack Eggleston

F Brennan Votel

G Zack Rosen

G Tyler Bernardini

G Kevin Egee

Penn-Cornell Live Updates

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Greetings from Cornell's Schoellkopf field. We're in the single digits for temperature and there is a light snow falling. At stake for Penn is a slim shot at the Ivy League title if the dominoes fall just the right way in this final game of the season.

11:01, Fourth quarter: Penn 23, Cornell 6

Samson breaks the single-season Penn field goal record with a 44-yard boot, his longest of the season. Penn's passing game is totally inept, but McNally, DiMaggio and Matt Hamscher have been running the ball effectively enough to run tons of time off the clock. Cornell has a lot of ground to make up and can't let Penn tack on any more field goals.

2:27, Third quarter: Penn 20, Cornell 6

The Big Red finally get back on the board with a 32-yard field goal.

6:31, Third quarter: Penn 20, Cornell 3

Cornell actually produce a couple of first downs, but then three incomplete passes forced them to go for a 35-yard field goal. The kick never had the distance and fell about 5 yards in front of the posts -- and I dont believe it was tipped. Penn takes back over.

Also, I can officially say that Penn will not win this year's Ivy League title, since Harvard's win over Yale ensures that they will have only one league loss on the year.

Halftime: Penn 20, Cornell 3

Penn advanced enough to let Samson hit a 28-yard field goal to close out the half. Penn SID Eric Dolan informs me that Samson just tied the Penn record for field goals made in a season. Off to halftime.

0:30, Second quarter: Penn 17, Cornell 3

Just when I thought this would be the most boring second half of football ever, Penn's Jonathan Moore picked off a Nathan Ford pass and outran most of the secondary to the Cornell 14 (although an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on defensive back Josh Powers pushed it back to the 29). Penn might not be able to make anything of this, but it's at least a momentum boost going into the half.

8:00, Second quarter: Penn 17, Cornell 3

Penn worked methodically down to the Cornell 37, but then Mike DiMaggio ripped through a hole in the linebacker corps and took it to the house. Too easy. Penn now has a commanding two-touchdown lead.

Scoreboard watching: Penn's miracle scenario for winning the Ivy League title isn't looking too likely. Harvard is up by a touchdown over Yale at the half, but Brown looks to have Columbia in a bind, leading by two touchdowns at the half.

0:14, First quarter: Penn 10, Cornell 3

The Quakers settled for a 40-yard field goal on the last drive, Andrew Samson's longest of the season. More interestingly, the player who has been Penn's biggest spark lately, quarterback Keiffer Garton, is on the sidelines on crutches. This is a recent development. Stay tuned to see if he returns, but for now it appears that this is Brendan McNally's game to win or lose. Robert Irvin is dressed and on the bench but hasn't moved a muscle yet.

0:58, First quarter: Penn 7, Cornell 3

Cornell didn't do anything on their next drive, and ended it with a shanked punt that netted them a whopping 11 yards. Penn now has the ball on the Cornell 28 to start its drive.

2:44, First quarter: Penn 7, Cornell 3

Helped by a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, Penn answered with a 13-play, 59-yard touchdown drive. Luke DeLuca punched it in from a yard out, and we got our first sighting of Brendan McNally, who took about half of the snaps on this drive.

8:45, First quarter: Cornell 3, Penn 0

Both teams went nowhere on their first drives, but on Cornell's second quarterback Nathan Ford threw a couple of nice passes in the flat to engineer a 10-play 40-yard drive that ended in a 32-yard field goal. On another note, Penn nose guard Joe Goniprow was ejected from the game for a personal foul that I personally did not see.

FINAL: Drexel 66, Penn 64

FINAL: Drexel 66, Penn 64

Rodgers misses a free throw, keeping it at one possession. Rosen tries to do too much and is forced into a corner where he jacks up a three that falls well short...but he's fouled. The frosh will go to the line needing to sink all three to tie it up. Rosen misses the first. Makes the second. Lewis comes in to board. Rosen clanks the last, Lewis gets the board, gets it to Votel who has to awkwardly force up a hook that falls short. Game over.

00:14.7 2nd Half -- Drexel 65, Penn 63

Neisler misses both and Votel boards it. Rosen runs downcourt and spins, dishing to Egee in the corner who hits nothing but net with a hand in his face. The Red and Blue Crew tells the ref: "You have 15 seconds, try not to fuck this up." His reponse? "I'll do my best."

00:25.1 2nd Half -- Drexel 65, Penn 60

Harris makes the second. Belcore flies downcourt and Rosen sets up the offense. Bernardini gets partially blocked on a drive but the ball falls back to him. He's out of control and under pressure under the basket and Drexel collects the board and a trip to the line.

00:45.9 2nd Half -- Drexel 64, Penn 60

After a scramble for the ball, the refs give Drexel possession -- and a full shot-clock. Miller is irate as are most of the Penn fans in the crowd. The refs look at the replay and set it to 4, forcing a bad shot from Drexel after the inbounds. But once again, the Dragons clean up the miss and Penn is forced to foul Jamie Harris. Harris misses the first and Miller calls timeout.

1:17 2nd Half -- Drexel 64, Penn 60

My browser couldn't have picked a better time to crash. Oh well. This one's being played from the foul lines right now, and it's not impressing ESPN. One of two seems to be the norm.

1:40 2nd Half -- Drexel 64, Penn 59

3:07 2nd Half -- Drexel 62, Penn 57

Miller wants a walk but instead, Loughery gets called for a foul. The Red and Blue Crew taunts Tribbett at the line, making "Ribbitt" frog-calls. He misses both. Hmmmm...

Votel gets called for his fourth and Tribbett returns to the stripe, and knocks both down. Maybe the "Ribbitt" taunts and him missing were just a coincidence. You decide.

Votel misses two from the line; this has been a pitiful shooting performance from Penn. That said, he skies for an easy lay-in off a miss and Drexel keeps missing shots, keeping it close.

5:23 2nd Half -- Drexel 60, Penn 55

Bernardini goes for a sweet up-and-under in the lane after two free throws from Drexel. Hawthorne one-ups him with a drive that culminates in a soft floater off the glass.

7:04 2nd Half -- Drexel 56, Penn 50

Hawthorne slows it down and the Dragons start passing up on open three to drive, which is drawing fouls from Penn. Eggleston picks up his fifth and is gone.

7:29 2nd Half -- Drexel 56, Penn 50

In a bit of a switch, Bernardini drives and dishes to Eggleston for a three. Meanwhile, Drexel is having a tough time finding the basket, but an Egee airball gives them two points on the other end.

9:51 2nd Half -- Drexel 51, Penn 45

Rosen gets his first points as an NCAA athlete, swishing both tries from the line and picks up a board off a Hawthorne miss. Votel steps around his defender on the perimeter and beats him the basket for two. We're going back and forth for the lead and both the Drexel student and Red and Blue Crew are jumping. But Lewis turns it over and Hawthorne goes the length of the court -- and behind his back -- to beat Gaines for the hoop and the harm. Votel gets aggressive, posting up and fading away, drawing another foul. But he only makes one and Drexel makes two -- not a good equation for Penn.

11:41 2nd Half -- Drexel 44, Penn 40

The game is slowing down now. Both teams are missing but neither is getting its transition game going. Gaines' cold-shooting continues, but Rodgers gets called for his second foul (although Tommy McMahon yells: "Four! That's four!"). The Dragons are racking up bad fouls now; Penn just needs to get to the line. Drexel slows it down as Penn continues to eat into the its lead. Rosen heads to the line for two.

14:57 2nd Half -- Drexel 42, Penn 38

Egee gets another tough two and then a board on the other end. Bernardini slips between Drexel's bigs and tips in a Rosen miss.

15:38 2nd Half -- Drexel 42, Penn 34

Pair of quick fouls on the Dragons and Bernardini comes off a screen at the elbow for his second three of the game. All the calls are going Penn's way now, as Drexel gets called for a foul on the offensive boards and then another one on defense. Bernardini plays a little give-and-go with Votel, who scores on an easy layup. But Jamie Harris gets open against Penn's zone and knocks down a three.

17:05 2nd Half -- Drexel 39, Penn 29

The Red and Blue Crew's shot-clock shenanigans may not work, but Penn's zone finally does, forcing a 35-second violation. But wait, Eggleston is called for a foul as the clock hits 0 and Drexel gets it back, but can't do anything other than give Penn a transition bucket. The Dragons' Evan Neisler comes right back with a three-point play. Turley is in now and quickly gets called for a foul. Votel clanks a pair of putbacks and Lewis comes in for Turley.

HALFTIME -- Apparently ESPN's Andy Katz picked Yale to win the Ivy League during the halftime show. Curious where that one's coming from.

HALFTIME -- Drexel 34, Penn 27

A Drexel fan triumphantly waves a trophy with a "33rd Street" sign slapped on it at the Red and Blue crew, who are seated right behind us. Rosen misses the first of a one-and-one. Off a Drexel miss, Egee goes coast to coast and absorbs contact for a tough layup. He follows that up with a three from the corner on the next possession, and the Red and Blue is pumped up. Votel relieves Eggleston while Jamie Harris goes to the line. He makes the first. Gaines continues to be just off with his shots. Tommy McMahon slaps Brennan Votel on the butt as he inbounds, but the good-luck charm doesn't work -- the Quakers are called for a questionable offensive foul, giving the Dragons another trip -- now the double-bonus -- to the charity stripe. Givens makes one of two. Loughery, who has seen lots of minutes, heads to the line but can't capitalize on the first of the bonus. With 7.9 left on the clock, Rosen drives down and Eggleston misses a three.

Halftime stats:

Leading scorers

Penn -- Kevin Egee, 11

Penn -- Brennan Votel, 6

Drexel -- Gerald Colds, 8

Drexel -- Tramayne Hawthorne, 8

FG pct.: Penn 36.7 (11-30), Drexel 38.2 (13-34)

3-pt pct.: Penn 22.2 (2-9), Drexel 30.8 (4-13)

FT pct.: Penn 37.5 (3-8), Drexel 40.0 (4-10)

Rebounds: Penn 18 (3 offensive), Drexel 25 (8 offensive)

2nd chance points: Penn 2, Drexel 13

3:46 1st Half -- Drexel 32, Penn 20

Rodgers slices through Penn's D, NBA Live-style, for a nice layup. Drexel gets called for its sixth foul, a shooting one, and Votel goes to the line for two. He misses both, and though Bernardini finally gets his first points of the contest, Hawthorne answers with a three and Cofield gets called for a charge going back down the court. This is starting to remind me of last year's season opener. Eggleston ices both of his free throws, nothing but net on the one-and-one.

7:51 1st Half -- Drexel 25, Penn 15

Cam Lewis checks in, presumably to give the Red and Blue more presence on the defensive blocks. He makes an immediate impact, picking up an offensive board and dishing to a driving Gaines for a bucket. Then, Gaines maneuvers through a double-team and goes baseline for another basket. Loose ball foul on the Dragons and Penn is showing signs of life...as I say that, Gaines gets greedy and gets called for a push-off, which gives Drexel a bucket, and then a steal of the subsequent inbounds. Lewis is forced to foul Jamie Harris, who makes both at the line. Rosen comes back in to calm things down and finds Lewis in the post, but his shot is blocked giving the Dragons another transition bucket. Hawthorne gets shaken up and limps off the court, but under his own power. We'll see if he returns. Cofield comes in for Egee now.

Halftime stats:

10:45 1st Half -- Drexel 19, Penn 11

Rob Belcore comes in for Penn. The Quakers' zone gives Rodgers an open look from downtown, and though he misses, he cleans it up himself for two. Belcore hits a three -- against the side of the backboard. Ugly.

11:54 1st Half -- Drexel 15, Penn 11

Despite the timeout, Penn's trapping zone looks like its working...until Hawthorne is found in the corner for a knockdown three. Gaines is back in, now for Rosen; Loughery checks in for his first appearance as well and promptly forces one up from deep in the post.

13:08 1st Half -- Drexel 12, Penn 11

Egee comes in for Gaines, who has missed three shots thus far. The Dragons' man defense is frustrating Bernardini, who hasn't gotten a look yet. Egge drives baseline for two and then grabs a board on the other end. Bernardini comes off a screen at the top of the key but misses, and Colds makes an open trey in transition. After a nice steal in the post, Penn moves it well and Votel picks up an easy lay-in under the bucket. Penn is ratcheting up the defensive intensity now, as another steal yields an Egee basket. Drexel timeout.

15:33 1st Half -- Drexel 9, Penn 5

Penn wins the tip and immediately goes into their high motion offense, giving Eggleston a clear path to the basket. He gets fouled by Tribbett but only makes one. Gerald Colds responds by taking advantage of Penn's zone for a triple. Rosen forces a shot from the top of the arc and Drexel brings it down the court for two. Bernardini gets called for an offensive foul. Penn looks rushed right now; luckily for it, Drexel is missing shots. Eggleston drives again and makes a nice spin move for an easy layup. Lots of back-and-forth action now but both teams are missing their open shots. Votel misses a block-out and Yannick Formbor puts back an offensive board and draws the and-1.

Brandon Moyse here on a beautiful Tuesday morning for basketball -- not that it matters in the quaint confines of the DAC, Penn's first-ever visit to the Dragons' home court. We just sat through one of the strangest renditions of the National Anthem this side of Rosanne, and the starting lineups are about to be announced.

PENN:

F Brennan Votel

F Jack Eggleston

G Harrison Gaines

G Zack Rosen

G Tyler Bernardini

Drexel:

G Scott Rodgers

G Gerald Colds

G Jamie Harris

F Kenny Tribbett

F Evan Neisler