Four Quaker freshmen got an average of 27.5 minutes of game time tonight. Mike Auger (32 mins, 10 points, 8 rebounds), Antonio Woods (30, 7 points), Darnell Foreman (25 mins, 3 points) and Sam Jones (23 mins, 9 points).
Despite the solid contribution from the young guns the team could not match the tempo of Rider's offense. Zedric Sadler had 23 points for the Broncs including going 4-4 from the three point line. Jimmie Taylor pitched in with 15 points.
Tony Hicks was again the high scorer tonight, but only with 11, not coming anywhere close to his 31 points in Saturday's loss to Delaware State.
Having DNH out for most of the game really hurt the Quakers. Many defensive plays saw the Quakers tire out as Rider moved the ball around the perimeter and the team not getting in a position to rebound. Seven footer Matt Lopez made the task all that more difficult for Penn. Though he too sat much of the game with foul trouble, which is where Penn began to recover some boards and finish tied with Rider at 32-32 on the game.
Penn lead only twice in the game, at 2-0 and then at 18-16 after a Sam Jones 3 pointer. Every three point shot the Broncs took seemed to be hitting tonight. They pummeled Penn in 3PT% 55.6 to 26.3.
A quick note on Jones, he loves shooting the three from the top right part of the arch. I don't think I've seen him make a shot from elsewhere on the floor yet. If he can get more consistent with that shot from other ends of the arch it would really spread the floor and make DNH more of an option down low.
Coach Jerome Allen was not nearly as accepting of this loss as he was after Saturday's game, stressing that the team did not "play with the right sense of urgency and the right sense of selflessness." Allen also stated that after going down in the game too many players were trying to do things on their own and not follow the system.
He'll have the better side of a week to get his players back up to speed to take on Lafayette Saturday. The game will tip at 7:00 pm back at the Palestra.
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