FULL RECAP // BOX SCORE
THE GOOD - Darien Nelson-Henry
In Fran Dougherty's absence, the Quakers have needed a big man to step up in each contest, and tonight, Nelson-Henry took advantage of the opportunity. He scored 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting, and he became the go-to player on offense as Penn rallied back late in the fourth quarter.
THE BAD - Offensive defense
The Quakers weren't able to stop the Leopards on defense, especially in the first half, when Penn allowed Lafayette to shoot 61 percent from the field, and over 40 percent from downtown. The Red and Blue's defense was so atrocious that the Leopards' field goal percentage was closer to their free throw percentage (69 percent) than it was from behind the arc. This would be the Ugly, if Lafayette hadn't allowed Penn to shoot 59 percent in its own right.
THE UGLY - Missed clutch free throws
There's an episode of Hey Arnold, a beloved Nickelodeon TV show, where Arnold joins a basketball team, and the coach rails his son Tucker constantly because he expects him to be the star. Tucker's biggest flaw was his free throw shooting, and whenever he would missed, the coach would yell, hysterical, "YOU DON'T MISS YOUR FREE THROWS WHEN THE GAME IS ON THE LINE."
Keeping that in mind, Nelson-Henry, who had a great night otherwise, went to the line with the game tied and just over two minutes remaining. Just one free throw would give Penn the lead for the first time since the first half. He steps up for the first -- it barely hits rim. His next is closer but still doesn't fall. And the whole time, I'm hearing coach Jack Wittenberg, fictional as he may be, screaming his head off.
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