Gamecenter: Monmouth 66, Penn 80

1st 2nd Final
Monmouth (2-5) 35 31 66
Penn (4-2) 43 37 80
The Palestra – Philadelphia, PA Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence After Monmouth closed to within three, 43-40, on a five-point possession early in the second half, Mark Zoller scored eight of the game’s next nine points as Penn opened up a 10-point lead. Penn’s run eventually ballooned to 15-3, and Monmouth never got within single digits again.
Key sign it was over The Hawks began to press after closing within 12 with just under five minutes to play. Penn broke the press easily, scoring on its next three possessions — twice on fast breaks — to go up 16.
Key performance Zoller hit his first eight shots en route to a career-best 29-point night. Zoller also added three assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
Key statistic With the Hawks missing some key frontcourt personnel, the Quakers dominated inside. Penn outscored Monmouth 52-27 in the paint, and controlled the boards, rebounding at 50.0 percent offensively while holding Monmouth to 30.0-percent rebounding at its end.

– Marques Alston was the high scorer for the Hawks with 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

– Monmouth played the game shorthanded, as 7-2 center Jared Bunch was out with knee problems, and his backup, Rickie Crews, did not make the trip to focus on academics.

– Penn sank half its shots from the field — even with Ibby Jaaber hitting just 1 of 7 from the field. The rest of Jaaber’s statline was much stronger, as he had a career-high 10 assists, five rebounds, six steals, and only two turnovers.

– Brian Grandieri had 19 points for Penn — on 9-of-15 shooting — while Steve Danley added 10.

– Penn logged 26 assists on its 34 field goals.

– Monmouth opened the game hot from the outside, hitting 4 of 6 three-pointers to start the game.

– Mike Kach made his 2006-07 debut for the Quakers, coming back from a stress fracture suffered in preseason practice. He logged five minutes, entering the scoring column with a putback in the final minute and grabbing a rebound.

– Although Tuesday night’s matchup at The Palestra featured two teams coming off trips to the NCAA Tournament, the attendance was only 2,854.

– Next, Penn will host the team that dispatched Monmouth from the NCAA Tournament last March when Villanova comes calling on Saturday, December 2 for a 7:00 pm ET tip.

Daniel McQuade

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