Philadelphia: As we close out 2018 we had a very interesting game on Monday afternoon as the Penn Quakers took on the Monmouth Hawks from “the Cathedral of College Basketball, The Palestra on the campus of University of Pennsylvania. Penn Quakers come into the game with 10-3 and off a very bad loss to Toledo on December 29 while their opponent Monmouth Hawks enter battle with the Quakers looking for their first win of the season as they come off a loss to Yale on December 20.
This is a game that the Quakers need to get back on track and prove that they are one of the teams that can on a deep run in the NCAA Tournament
Penn won the tip to start the game and scored right away on a basket from AJ Brodeur for the 2-0 lead, Monmouth would get on the board with a 3 pointer from for 3-2 lead. Both teams would play good defense and make some shots. The Quakers would have a 6 point lead a 32-26 with 3:17 left in the half. Penn would take a 32-30 lead at halftime.
In the second half, it would be the same from the first half they would play good defense and make some shots, Monmouth would have two separate leads of 6 points with the last one being 42-36 with 16:18 left. The Quakers would go on a run as they got the lead down to 3 at 65-62 with 3:02 left. Penn Ties game at 65 on 3 by Antonio Woods with 2:31 left. The game would come down to the final shot and comes up short and heading to Overtime tied at 67.
In overtime, Penn opens the scoring by AJ Brodeur layup, Monmouth got on the board in OT with 2 at the line to the tie game at 69. Quakers took lead on 3 by Antonio Woods to make it 72-71. The Hawks took the lead with 32.9 left for 74-72 lead. Back and forth we go, Monmouth scored with 2.3 left for 76-74 lead. Penn had shot to win at the buzzer and it comes up short as Monmouth takes down Penn 76-74. This was Monmouth first win on the season & now Penn has lost back to back games for the first time this season.
Penn now has 10-4 record and will now head into Ivy league Play on January 5 at Princeton while Monmouth is 1-12 and will get ready to head to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on January 3 vs Iona.
AJ Brodeur: 20 points, 9 rebounds
Antonio Woods: 19 points, 12 rebounds
Bryce Washington: 17 points, 5 rebounds
Diago Quinn: 19 points, 14 rebounds
Ray Salnave: 17 points, 4 rebounds
Louie Pillari: 13 points, 3 rebounds
Penn Coach Steve Donahue: