Annual alumni game ends in tie

In a shockingly close finish on Saturday afternoon, the Penn alumni game ended in a tie, 67-67

The Red and Blue teams were tied at 65 in the final minute when Tim Krug (C' 96) made a shot to put the Blue team up two. The Red team quickly responded with a two of their own from Brian Grandieri (C' 08).

So with the game tied in the final seconds, Krug drew a foul and went to the line for two free throws. Unfortunately, he succumbed to pressure, missing both free throws, including an air ball on his first attempt. He made up for it on defense with a steal to preserve the tie.

“Historically, I’ve been a poor free throw shooter,” Krug said. “Being out of shape and at the foul line at the end of the game, being a bad free throw shooter, isn’t the best place to be.”

The Blue team (0-0-1) led for much of the contest thanks to some strong jump shooting early from multiple players, including Joe Gill (C' 08), who hit two early three pointers.

With the team behind early, the Red team (0-0-1) resorted to the worst of basketball’s vices: cherry-picking. Penn coach Jerome Allen and Stan Greene (C' 78) failed to get back on defense in order to get the glory of an easy layup on the other end.

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Over/Under – Cornell Edition

OverUnder10 points for Fran Dougherty – UNDER

Fran won’t see significantly more minutes just a day after returning to the floor, which is bad news for his point totals. Doc will need to get into a rhythm as the season goes on, but he’ll also have to do it, at least for now, in limited minutes. He looked off, with a lot of the shots that were falling consistently for him in the early part of the season just rimming out on Friday.

10 minutes for Jamal Lewis – UNDER

I’m thinking with my heart more than my head here, because unless you turn in a performance like Lewis did on Friday (two turnovers, three personal fouls) in the seven minutes of playing time that he received against the Lions, it’s hard not to get at least 10 minutes on the floor when you’re the team’s starting point guard.

But Tony Hicks was passing rather effectively last night, even though some opportunities didn’t get converted, and if Jerome Allen pulls Lewis out of the starting five, he won’t get 10 minutes on the court.

10 assists for the Quakers – OVER

Last night was pretty pathetic from a passing perspective, as the Quakers only had six assists the entire night. That won’t be good enough as they go into the rest of the Ivy schedule, and I think they can amend their issues.

Darien Nelson-Henry is getting better every game, and the better that he gets, the more attention that will be focused on him, thus allowing openings around the perimeter, and space for guards to drive and dish.

FIve offensive rebounds for the Quakers – OVER

Last night’s abysmal performance on the boards won’t be repeated again. While Fran is still finding his shooting touch, his timing on the defensive end last night wasn’t terrible, and it’s bound to improve going forward.

Five blocks combined for Dougherty and Nelson-Henry – Under

Last night, Fran and DNH both had monster blocks that really helped Penn maintain momentum going forward. The chances of that happening again this season are relatively low, which is a shame for fans. While DNH has surged on the offensive end of the floor, defensively he has struggled at times, so being able to see him rise up and almost throw one out of bounds should give fans hope, but their combined five blocks last night was a fluke more than anything.

Should Miles be taking notes from his younger brother?

Miles Cartwright is coming off one of his worst games of the season — a 1-7 shooting performance against Princeton at Jadwin Gymnasium. Meanwhile, his younger brother Parker Jackson-Cartwright is tearing up the high school circuit, despite being listed as just 5-7.

City League Hoops TV recently spotlighted the diminutive junior point guard from Los Angeles, who ESPN calls "the best point guard . . . [it has] seen since Baron Davis laced them up at Crossroads High School." Validating this high praise, Jackson-Cartwright has already reeled in offers from virtually every Pac-12 school, including Arizona, Washington and UCLA.

Unlike his brother, however, Jackson-Cartwright's unlikely to come knocking at Penn's door anytime soon. In addition to having storied basketball programs, Arizona and UCLA are both currently on the rise in college hoops, and it goes without saying that the Quakers have gone anywhere but up since last season.

Still, it's nice to dream.

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.

DPOSTM Ivy Hoops Power Rankings: Jan. 10

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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:

Liveblog: M. Hoops vs. Drexel

The Quakers (1-2)  look to rebound after losing two straight in the NIT Tip-Off Tournament, while Drexel (0-2) is seeking its first win of the season. Sports Editor Alyssa Kress, Associate Sports Editor Kenny Kasper and basketball beat writer John Phillips are at the Palestra to bring you all the action:

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.

Live Blog — M. Hoops Red & Blue Scrimmage

The M. Hoops season is officially underway today with the annual red and blue scrimmage. Follow along with Steven Tydings and Nick Greiner — they'll be evaluating who steps up on the floor to replace lost seniors, how players like Larry Loughery and Greg Louis, who we hardly saw last year, look and what the crop of four freshman can do.

Marin Kukoc quits M. Hoops team

 

As four new freshmen were added to Penn's roster this week, one junior was removed.

Junior Marin Kukoc is no longer a member of the Penn men's basketball team. The son of the former Bulls sixth man and 1995-6 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, Toni Kukoc, struggled with a back injury and did not play his freshman season, and fought for playing time in his sophomore campaign. The 6-foot-7 guard averaged 2.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per 10 minutes of playing time per game.

We have not confirmed the exact reasons for Kukoc's departure, but he is still on campus and enrolled.