Season in Review: Penn Quakers

This is the fifth piece in a series looking back at how each Ivy League squad fared during the 2010-11 season. The Penn Quakers ended the year at 13-15 (7-7), finishing alone in fourth place.

 

It was a bone-chilling February night, but 6,283 fans had found a heated sanctuary inside the Palestra. The Quakers had sucked the life out of the crowd by starting the game the way so many Penn basketball games have started since Fran Dunphy’s 2006 departure: by digging themselves an early hole. By now, the players were used

to it — and were used to scratching and clawing
their way back. Heading into this, the fourth game of the Ivy League season against league heavyweight Harvard, Penn had already overcome double-digit second-half margins against La Salle and Brown. So when coach Jerome Allen and Co. began to chip away at the Crimson’s 18-point lead five minutes after the break, there was a little more hope than usual in the air.

The hope gradually turned to anxious anticipation and then to full-on elation when threes from point guard Zack Rosen and swing man Tyler Bernardini knotted the score, where it remained after one overtime period. Even while the Harvard front line exposed the Quakers’ glaring weakness inside, this just felt like Penn basketball’s time.

Four years as an Ivy also-ran is an eternity for 25-time league champion Penn, yet that’s how
long the fans had waited for this moment. The electricity returned to the country’s most storied
basketball arena, reawakening a dying student section that had finally come out for a Saturday
night at the Palestra. Occasionally over those four grueling years, the team had tantalized with
flashes of excellence, of a possible return to glory. But here they were, unbeaten and going toe-
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fingernails, Casey blocked Rosen’s attempted second-OT buzzer-beater, and Penn’s thrilling
undefeated start ended with an 83-82 loss.

Heartbreak.

Three days later, another miraculous second-half comeback, this time at Jadwin Gym against
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Heartbreak.

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foul with a second left in a tie game. He missed the front end. The Quakers ran out of gas for
good in overtime, falling 82-71.

Heartbreak.

As roller-coaster seasons go, Penn’s was Kingda Ka. Their challenging non-conference schedule
turned out to be just that, but there were still ups among the downs. They led eventual Final Four
team Kentucky by double-digits 17 minutes into the first half at Rupp Arena. They hung with
perennial tournament team Villanova in a hard-fought 65-53 loss. They won their first Big 5
game in 17 tries over St. Joseph’s in January. They topped Yale, Brown and Dartmouth in order
to open their Ivy season, the Dartmouth win a 78-47 masterpiece when everything seemed to be
coming together.

Yet at the same time, everything fell apart at the worst possible moments. They scored 15
second-half points and blew a 12-point lead in a loss at Manhattan. They were battered by city
rival Drexel, 77-56, outrebounded 39-17. They followed their three-game Ivy winning streak
with four devastating losses — three in overtime. They fell behind and came back, built leads
and blew them. The final tally was a fitting .500 league record, 13-15 overall.

On an individual level, Eggleston capped a rock-solid career with his best effort, showcasing his
remarkable grit and efficiency. Rosen continued to assert himself as perhaps the league’s best
floor general. Bernardini returned to form after two trying years, while Cartwright, Dougherty
and limber center Cameron Gunter showed signs of what’s to come.

But for a program and coach that only measures success in Ivy League championships, the
season was a failure and an epic one at that. Three straight overtime heartbreakers in early
February certainly qualify as epic.

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