So, so, so much hasn’t changed.
When Penn amassed a 56-41 lead at arch-rival Princeton with 14:14 remaining, it seemed too good to be true.
That’s because it was.
The Quakers promptly let that lead slip away en route to a 78-74 loss, allowing Princeton to change the pace of the game into a more uptempo affair as the turnovers (17) and fouls (25) piled up for Jerome Allen’s team. Tony Hicks once again wilted down the stretch, barely catching rim on a long-range jumper as the shot clock wound down, missing a wide-open corner three and double-dribbling down with the Quakers down three in the best online casino game’s final minute.
I give Allen credit for coaching his guys up on how to attack Princeton’s 1-3-1 zone and getting the matchups in the paint he wanted, especially with Darien Nelson-Henry, who went 8-for-10 from the field for 18 points.
But as Steven Tydings wrote for The Daily Pennsylvanian in his postgame column, progress for Allen’s program needs to be defined by winning.
By finishing games.
By avoiding a losing record in Ivy play.
By, as Allen likes to put it, “imposing its will” in rivalry games like this one.
That last goal won’t be reached if the turnovers don’t subside, if the fouls keep coming or if Penn’s best players keep coming up short in crunchtime.
Bet on change not coming for this program until Grace Calhoun imposes her will on it.