Gamecenter: Navy 73, Penn 86

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Navy (0-4)
Penn (3-1)

Friday, December 2, 2005
The Palestra – Philadelphia, PA

Key sign it was over

With Navy clawing back into the game, Brain Granderi hit a layup as the shot clock expired to put Penn up 74-67 with just over six minutes to play. He stole the ball on the other end and hit two free throws on the ensuing possession.

Key sequence In a baffling sequence spanning almost five minutes of the second half, Penn went on a 15-2 run where Navy fouled a Penn player on 11 straight possessions. On the other end, the Midshipmen couldn’t make a basket from the field on 11 straight trips.
Key performer

Ibrahim Jaaber. His 31 points were the first time anyone on Penn dropped 30 or more since Ugonna Onyekwe scored 30 in the 2001 NCAA Tournament game against Oklahoma State. Jaaber scored 23 of Penn’s 37 first-half points on 7-for-8 shooting. (The rest of the team shot 5-for-14 in the first.) The junior guard also had three assists, all in the second half, and four steals

Key statistic

Penn’s 39-for-55 free throw shooting. Jaaber went 15 for 18 from the line and after opening the game 11 of 20 from the line (including two missed front ends of one-and-ones), the Quakers hit 15 of their final 17 attempts from the stripe to close out the game.

Key coaching move With his team trailing by two with 13:19 left in the contest and the Middies seemingly scoring every possession, Penn coach Fran Dunphy brought Grandieri back in the game. Two minutes later Mark Zoller came on, and Grandier and Zoller did a great job keeping Navy off the offensive glass. This led to the aforementioned 15-2 run.

– After handing the ball over 11 times in the first half, Penn only turned it over 4 times in the second.

– Jaaber hit two of Penn’s three treys, both in the first half. Penn’s only other three-pointer was a second half shot from the top of the key by Steve Danley. It was his first three-point field goal of the season.

– Danley only played 26 minutes due to foul trouble, but he scored 14 points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field and 7 of 8 at the line.

– Ex-Penn assistant John Krikorian is in his second year as an assistant on the Navy coaching staff. Navy headman Billy Lange is a native of Philadelphia.

– Penn plays again Saturday at 2:30 pm against Temple in the Big 5 Classic doubleheader at The Palestra.

Penn coach Fran Dunphy
On Navy’s effort:
"I think that’s what they do. They play as hard as any team in the country. I think Billy has a plan. I think they work as hard as anybody does. I think we got exactly what we thought we were going to get. We got outworked throughout most of the game, but I’ll be honest with you. I said that to a couple of people. We’re not going to outwork these guys. We’ve got to do a great job of running our stuff and understanding that we have to take care of the ball. The first half was obviously pretty shaky, but there was nothing out there that was different than we thought it was going to be."

On Ibby Jaaber’s performance and the team’s struggles from the arc:
"It was critical. There was one time that we weren’t doing much offensively and I just mentioned to Ib, ‘Let’s just clear everybody and you just take it one on one.’ And he stepped up and made a three, which was a big play. Obviously we can’t shoot the basketball like this with our three-point shooters. Oz has to get off his shot a little bit here. David has to help us a little bit. Even Ib is better than a 2-for-7 three-point jumpshooter. So hopefully it will start to come."

Ibrahim Jaaber
On playing back to back games:
"It’s preparation for the Ivy season, so that’s how I think a lot of the guys on the team are taking it. But also last year we let one slip away against Temple. We should have definitely had that one. So guys in the locker room want to take tomorrow as a challenge."

Navy coach Billy Lange
On Ibby Jaaber:
"The one thing we wanted to do was kind of space him a little bit and make him shoot threes off the dribble. I think what happened was that he hit that one toward the end of the first half and I think our guys were concerned about him shooting that shot and I think they crept up on him a little bit more than we should have. But I thought our guys played hard. He’s a tough player because he can make the first move, and then he can make the second move, and that’s what makes him pretty good."

Navy press conference
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