Jan. 22, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Tyler Bernardini scored 27 points to lead Penn (6-8; 1-3 Big 5) to a 73-61 win over Saint Joseph's (5-14; 0-2 Big 5) in a Philadelphia Big 5 game before an enthusiastic crowd of 8,051 at The Palestra. Senior Jack Eggleston grabbed 15 rebounds for Penn, which notched its first Big 5 win in four years.
SJU freshman Ronald Roberts scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, making his first start of his career, replacing C.J. Aiken, who had the flu during the week. Idris Hilliard had 13 points, Carl Jones scored 12 and Daryus Quarles scored 11 points for the Hawks, which dropped their sixth straight.
The game remained close throughout, in typical Big 5 fashion, and it wasn't until 3:22 that Penn started to break it open, 65-56, on a three-pointer from Zack Rosen. Rosen would go 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 1:12 to preserve the Penn win.
Despite going for seven minutes in the second half without a field goal, Saint Joseph's remained close. The drought started after Aiken hit a jumper at 11:29 to pull SJU within 47-46, From there, the Hawks would rely on seven free throws from Jones and two from Hilliard to trail by only 58-54, before Langston Galloway connected on a jumper at 4:39, as Penn led, 60-56.
Fran Dougherty then scored on a layup and Rosen hit his key three-pointer as Penn pulled away.
The teams traded leads in the first half and Penn edged ahead, 30-28, at halftime.
Roberts made an impact as a starter and igninted the crowd twice with two dunks, the second a spectacular follow off a missed shot. The freshman shot 7-for-12 from the field in the game.
Rosen scored 17 points for the Quakers while Miles Cartwright added 11.
Both teams attempted 20 three-point field goals with Penn connecting on eight and the Hawks making just five. The Quakers went a perfect 15-for-15 from the foul line, while SJU made only 12-of-20.
This was the first of three consecutive games at The Palestra for the Hawks. They will face La Salle on Wednesday in another Big 5 matchup and then host Temple on Saturday.