Gamecenter: Fordham 77, Penn 60

1st 2nd Final
Fordham (5-3) 39 38 77
Penn (5-4) 34 26 60
The Palestra – Philadelphia, PA Boxscore
 
Keys to the Game
Key sequence With Penn trailing 49-46, Steve Danley attempted a potential game-tying three-pointer, but the shot wouldn’t fall and Fordham’s Bryan Dunston got an easy bucket at the other end. On Penn’s next possession, Danley was called for a charge, and headed to the bench with four fouls at the 13:05 mark. With the Quakers’ starting center out of the game, Dunston proceeded to score eight points during a decisive 18-3 Fordham run that left Penn trailing 67-49 with under five minutes left.
Key sign it was over A Brian Grandieri three-pointer followed by an Ibby Jaaber steal and layup gave Penn faint hope of a late comeback, trimming its deficit to 67-54 with just over four minutes left. But Fordham scored the next seven points to push its lead to a game-high 20 points with a little over two minutes left.
Key performance Although Fordham did most of its damage from the outside, Dunston was responsible for its rebounding advantage and 12-5 edge in second-chance points. He scored a game-high 21 points, shot 7-for-11 from the field — all shots from close range — and grabbed eight rebounds, four of which were offensive.
Key statistic Fordham came into the game shooting just 31.1 percent from three on the season, but the Rams lit it up from the outside against Penn, hitting on 12 of 21 attempts from beyond the arc (57.1 percent). This caused Penn coach Glen Miller to observe in the postgame: “They’re a low-percentage three-point shooting team, but they’re a low-percentage three-point shooting team when they’re defended.”
Notes

– Jaaber was the high scorer for Penn with 18 points. He hit all eight of his two-point attempts, but missed all three attempts from outside the arc. Jaaber finished with five rebounds, five assists, and three steals — making him the Ivy League’s career steals leader.

– Fordham pounded Penn on the boards, grabbing 36.7 percent at its offensive end while holding Penn to 18.2-percent offensive rebounding.

– Mark Zoller saw his run of good outside shooting games come to an end, hitting just 1 of 5 from three-point range.

– Penn committed fewer turnovers (14) than Fordham (17), yet the Rams owned a 24-15 edge in points off turnovers.

– Miller was upset with his team’s lackadaisical performance. When asked in the postgame press conference how he would respond, Miller replied, “Come to practice on Monday.”

– After missing the Navy game with back spasms, Tommy McMahon came off the bench to score two points in 13 minutes.

– Following a 12-day layoff for reading days and final exams, Penn will look to get back on track when Illinois-Chicago (5-5) pays a visit to The Palestra on Thursday, December 21.

Daniel McQuade

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