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Big 5 Upset: Penn Takes Down St. Joe’s at the Palestra

Jan 21, 2012, 9:41 PM EDT

The Pennsylvania Quakers capped off the second leg of a day-night double-header at the Palesta on Saturday with a 84-80 win over the struggling Saint Joseph's Hawks.

The Pennsylvania Quakers capped off the second leg of a day-night double-header at the Palestra on Saturday (for Temple-Maryland notes, click here) with a 84-80 win over the struggling Saint Joseph’s Hawks. Try as he did, sophomore Langston Galloway’s game-high 32 points were not enough for Saint Joseph’s to mount a comeback from down as much as ten with just two minutes to play.

All things considered, the four point loss isn’t so bad considering the Hawks trailed by as much as 20 in the second half.
We refer to the game as an upset in the post title because — beyond -5 line — had you seen these two teams play just a month ago, it would have reasonable to pick the Hawks over the Quakers in a blowout. Nonetheless, as this week wore on, a Penn victory began to look more and more possible. 
We wrote yesterday afternoon in regard to how badly the Hawks’ needed this game to “plug the holes in their leaking ship.” Well, things just went from bad to worse for the young Hawks team who looked so promising earlier this season in wins over No. 17 Creighton and Villanova.
Losers of their last three straight and four of their last five, St. Joe’s next five games will not provide them any break, as they prepare to take on the class of this year’s Atlantic 10 in Dayton, Temple, Richmond, La Salle and St. Louis.
As for the Penn Quakers, tonight’s win is just the second Big 5 victory in the college career’s of seniors Zack Rosen, Rob Belcore and Tyler Bernadini. Bernadini led the Quakers in scoring with a team-high 24. Of note, the trio’s only other Big 5 win came against, go figure, the St. Joseph’s Hawks in Jan. 2011.
2-0 in the Ivy League, Penn is scheduled to take on the Princeton Tigers Monday evening at 7 p.m. As for Saint Joseph’s, they’ll host the (14-5, 4-1) Dayton Flyers on Wednesday night before meeting the Temple Owls inside the Apollo on Broad next Saturday night.
Anyone down at the game tonight? Thoughts on what you saw?

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