Lafayette Finishes Non-League Play with 85-63 Loss to Penn
Jan. 18, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Penn extended a 47-39 halftime advantage to 20 points with 12:01 left in the game, and Tim Begley tied a school record with 13 assists as the Quakers handed Lafayette an 85-63 defeat on Tuesday night at Kirby Sports Center. The loss ends the Leopards' four-game home winning streak.
Both teams shot better than 50 percent in the first half, with Penn (6-7) connecting on 9-of-16 three-pointers and the Leopards draining 5-of-8 from behind the arc. The Quakers opened a 16-8 lead early, with Eric Osmundson scoring eight on a pair of three's and a backdoor layup off a pass from Begley.
Lafayette (5-11) scored the next six points, on a three-point play by Jamaal Douglas and a triple from Paul Cummins. Penn pushed its advantage to 21-14 on a three by Ibrahim Jaaber, who scored a career-high 24 points.
Cummins hit another three, and two baskets from Andrei Capusan sandwiched around a bucket by Matt Betley forced a 23-23 tie. An 11-2 run, which featured Jaaber's fourth three-pointer of the half, gave the Quakers a 34-25 lead with 6:59 left.
Once again, the Leopards came back with a 9-2 surge, and pulled within 36-34 on a Marcus Harley three-pointer. The Quakers finished the half with an 11-5 stretch as Begley got on the board with a triple at 2:29 to make the score 43-35.
Mark Zoller and Osmundson combined for 12 of Penn's first 14 points in the second half and the Quakers led 59-41 with 13:46 left. Lafayette did not pull any closer than 15 the rest of the way.
Osmundson scored 20 points to complement Jaaber's career-high 24. Begley, Penn's leading scorer at 13.7 ppg, scored just three points but handed out 13 assists and pulled down six boards.
Harley led Lafayette with 14 points, while Capusan was 4-of-5 from the field and had 11 in the game. Cummins and Bilal Abdullah scored eight points each. Abdullah had three steals, giving him three or more in seven of the last 10 games.
Lafayette has wrapped up its non-conference schedule, and returns to Patriot League play on Friday at Bucknell and on Sunday at Colgate in the first Friday-Sunday weekend of conference action.
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