Saturday, January 24, 2015

Quakers down Hawks in Big 5 action

Philadelphia, PA -- Tony Hicks scored 15 points as the Penn Quakers defeated the Saint Joseph's Hawks, 56-52, in a Big 5 battle at The Palestra on Saturday.

Darien Nelson-Henry added 14 points and five rebounds for the Quakers (5-10). Greg Louis contributed 10 points and nine rebounds as Penn broke a two-game losing streak.

The hosts finished City Series play with a 1-3 record. 

As for the Hawks (8-10), DeAndre' Bembry scored 25 points and Chris Wilson added 10 rebounds in the loss, their sixth in the last eight contests. SJU completes its City Series slate on Tuesday against La Salle, having beaten Temple and lost to Villanova.

In a low scoring first half, the Hawks shot just 25.8 percent from the field and made only 1-of-10 from 3-point range. The Quakers connected on 42.1 percent of their shots and finished the half on a 12-4 run to take a 20-17 lead into the break.

In the second half Penn shot 50.0 percent from the field and recorded an 8-1 advantage on second chance points. Saint Joseph's shot 42.9 percent from the field but 4-of-14 beyond the arc after missing three 3-point tries in the final seconds.

Penn, which outscored the Hawks 16-7 at the free-throw line, survived 19 turnovers on the evening.
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