Penn was not able to close out the final Big 5 matchup in the way it had hoped in a 76-69 loss to Temple. The Quakers (3-15) jumped to an early lead, which got up to nine points in the second half at the Liacouras Center. But midway through the frame, the Owls went on a 27-12 run, allowing them to take the lead and clinch the victory.
THE GOOD: PLP. Sophomore guard Patrick Lucas-Perry was on fire for the Quakers Wednesday night. When he was on the court, he made himself noticed. Going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc during the first half in addition to netting three free-throws for 12 first-half points. For his 27 minutes on the night, he went 4-for-5, making another trey in the second. Temple coach Fran Dunphy was disappointed that the Owls had trouble containing Penn's "best jump shooter."
THE BAD: Coverage on Wyatt late in the second. Looking at Khalif Wyatt's five first-half points, you might wonder why Penn was unable to pull away with the win on such tight coverage of Temple's main man. But midway through the second, the senior forward exploded, and the Quakers couldn't answer as he notched 21 second-half points for a total of 26. After sinking a three-pointer five minutes into the frame, the Red and Blue just could not stop him, especially after he scored nine straight points for the Owls in less than two minutes midway through the half.
THE UGLY: 27-12 second-half Temple run. The Quakers just couldn't keep up with the Owls after the shift in Wyatt's game and a set of threes from graduate student guard T.J. DiLeo in addition to a ten-point second-half performance from sophomore forward Anthony Lee completely turned the tide of the game. The Red and Blue got up to a nine-point lead, but just started to run out of exhaust on the defensive end, as the Owls took the lead and ultimately the 'W'.
As first reported by TheOakland Press's Oakland U. basketball beat writer Paul Kampe, Patrick Lucas Perry has decided to commit to the Quakers, according to a source. He would be the seventh member of Penn's recruiting class of 2011, which already includes Henry Brooks, Keelan Cairns, Camryn Crocker, Simeon Esprit, Xavier Harris, and Greg Louis.
Some quick background on this 5-11, 165-pound point guard out of Flint, Michigan: for a while, his decision has been between Penn and Oakland, where his brother Laval has been playing since transferring from Michigan. Lucas-Perry was himself recruited by Michigan and Michigan State, but an ACL injury the summer before his senior year of high school cost him those opportunities. He's billed as an undersized but very quick guard with good vision and passing and very good shooting. In other words, a much better pure point guard to back up (and eventually replace) Zack Rosen than anyone else currently on or joining the roster.
My quick analysis: This rounds out a very impressive first recruiting class for Jerome Allen (Xavier Harris' SATs notwithstanding). The last thing he really needed (besides a dominant 7-foot big man) was a true point guard to groom behind Zack Rosen. I don't believe Cam Crocker was that guy (he's more of a combo guard, from what I can tell) and I think Miles Cartwright is better used primarily off the ball (if you disagree, let me know in the comments). Lucas-Perry has top notch pedigree and would likely be at a high major were it not for his injury. Being one year removed from that ACL tear is a much better position than the one Henry Brooks is in; PLP will be able to contribute backup PG minutes next year and likely take over as the starter his sophomore season. Of course, he could end up being a huge bust and make me look stupid, but I don't think that's likely.
Read The Buzz's previous coverage of Patrick Lucas-Perry here and the rest of the class of 2015 here.