Gamecenter: Colorado 78, Penn 60

Colorado press conference
Penn press conference

Colorado Buffaloes


  1st 2nd Final

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The Palestra – Philadelphia, PA

Penn Quakers


Key sign it was over After Colorado leading scorer Richard Roby went to the bench with his fourth foul with the Buffaloes leading 57-48, Ibrahim Jaaber missed a pair of free throws. A few minutes later, Roby’s replacement Andy Osbourn hit a three-pointer to put Colorado up 15 with just 5:36 remaining. Penn would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Key sequence The end of the first half foreshadowed Colorado’s second half dominance. Down 10, the Buffaloes ended the half on a 14-4 run to tie it at halftime. Penn didn’t have a field goal over the final 5:40 of the first half as it witnessed its 10-point lead evaporate. The run would eventually grow to 41-16 as Colorado ran away with the game.
Key performer Colorado guard Richard Roby. The 6-6 sophomore NBA prospect scored 17 points in the first half, keeping his team in the game despite a 32-14 Penn spurt. Roby finished the night with 22 points, four rebounds, and five assists.
Key statistic

3-10. That was Penn’s foul-shooting line in the second half. The Quakers went 0-for-2 from the line on three separate occasions in the half as the visitors cruised to an easy win in a game that had been tied at halftime.

Key coaching move Colorado coach Ricardo Patton stated in the postgame press conference that he had his team key on Penn’s outside shooters in the second half. The Quakers went 2 for 15 from three-point range after halftime.

– Ibrahim Jaaber led Penn with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, but played only 27 minutes due to foul trouble. He picked up his fourth foul with 11:46 left in the game with Penn down six. Jaaber briefly returned for 28 seconds a few minutes later with Penn down nine. When Jaaber finally returned to the game at the 5:31 mark, the Quakers were down 15. After playing 79 minutes in the first two games, Jaaber saw his team outscored 26-15 while he sat on the bench.

– The Palestra was loud early on. Fresh off Thanksgiving break, the Penn contingent had the rafters shaking in the first half. The announced crowd was 6,249.

– Colorado led in second-chance points 15-4, and outrebounded Penn 50-28 (31-14 in the second half).

– Penn went 6-for-27 from beyond the three-point arc on the night. This on the heels of going without a three-pointer in the second half of Saturday’s 68-60 win over Drexel.

Penn coach Fran Dunphy
On the difference between the first and second halves offensively:
"I don’t know that we did anything special. I just think that we ran our stuff, we were getting opportunities, and we were making shots. And when you make shots it makes it look like your stuff is really run well. I thought we had a couple really good looks in the second half—I think Ibby had a couple balls that went in and out. I think we had a number of other guys with easy jumpshots that just didn’t go in. Those things are just going to happen. But we forced a couple of things that led to easy baskets by the opposition. That was the biggest concern. We needed to finish plays when we had a chance."

On Ibby Jaaber’s controversial fourth foul:
"I said it to some of our guys. It looked like the guy was out of control a little bit. I have to see the film to see if it was solid there. But yeah it was a big play. That one I thought that if it goes our way, it’s a little bit different game. But it didn’t, so you can’t worry about it.
You’ve got to pick up the pieces and go on. But we don’t need to be without Ibby for a stretch."

Ibrahim Jaaber
On the effect of his fourth foul:
"It kept me on the bench for a big part of the game when I needed to be on the court. It definitely played a key role because we have a lot more flexibility when I’m on the court. I’m useless when I’m on the bench."

Colorado coach Ricardo Patton
On what he took away from the game:
"I thought in the first half [Penn] put on an exhibition of how to play basketball with their cuts, their unselfish passes. I’m hoping that our team can learn something about how these kids played here tonight."

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