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Penn at Lehigh: Quakers kick off non-conference schedule with tougher test

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Penn at Lehigh: Quakers kick off non-conference schedule with tougher test

Penn (1-0, 0-0 Ivy) at Lehigh (0-3, 0-0 Patriot)
Goodman Stadium, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

After opening its season with a home win over Division II Ohio Dominican last week, Penn faces its first true test of the season as it hits the road to face a team better than its record would indicate.

Here’s a closer look at the matchup:

Scouting Penn
One of the biggest question marks coming into the season for the two-time defending Ivy League champion Quakers was at quarterback following the graduation of standout Alek Torgersen. And it’s still somewhat of a question mark heading into their second game as starter Will Fischer-Colbrie struggled a bit in the first half while Nick Robinson looked sharper in more limited playing time. Allowing 24 points to a D-II team was also not an ideal start for Louis Vecchio and Penn’s defense. But third-year coach Ray Priore must have been happy with the emergence of running backs Karekin Brooks (142 yards, two touchdowns), Abe Willows (73 yards) and Isaiah Malcome (49 yards) after senior starter Tre Solomon went down with a minor injury. And All-American wide receiver Justin Watson was his usual dominant self, catching eight balls for 134 yards and two TDs.

Scouting Lehigh
The Mountain Hawks were impressive in their opener, falling by only three points to nationally ranked Villanova, 38-35. They’ve been less impressive since then, losing to Monmouth, 46-27, and to Penn’s Ivy League rival Yale, 56-28. Through three games, they’re allowing an average of 46.7 points per game, which ranks 113th out of 123 FCS teams. But Lehigh, coached by former Penn offensive coordinator Andy Coen, is far more formidable on the other side of the ball thanks to junior quarterback Brad Mayes, who has recorded three straight 300-yard passing games, and Troy Pelletier and Luke Christiano, the Patriot League’s two top receivers so far this year.

History
This will be the 60th meeting between the long-standing Pennsylvania rivals with Penn leading the series, 44-15. But Lehigh has won the last two meetings and seven of the last nine dating back to 1990. And since 1975, the Quakers are just 1-8 in Bethlehem.

Storyline to watch
Watson, one of the best football players in Penn’s storied history, is always a player to watch. Even more exciting is the fact that another All-American wide receiver will be on the other sideline in Pelletier. Both Watson and Pelletier are on the Walter Payton Award watch list, and both players lit it up in last season’s Penn-Lehigh matchup with Pelletier going for 10 catches, 123 yards and a TD, and Watson going for eight catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Who will fare better in their last college matchup?

What’s at stake?
For the Quakers, non-conference games don’t mean a whole lot in the grand scheme of things since Ivy League teams are ineligible for the FCS playoffs. But against a leaky defense, it will be important for the Quakers to continue to let their young offensive players at running back and quarterback grow while trying to avoid another injury like the one Solomon suffered last week.

Prediction
The Quakers have had a rough time of it in Bethlehem but look for them to hand Lehigh its second straight loss to an Ivy League team.

Penn 28, Lehigh 27

Sam Jones' clutch 3s lead Penn to win over Dayton

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Sam Jones' clutch 3s lead Penn to win over Dayton

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DAYTON, Ohio — Sam Jones, who took all his shots from 3-point range, sank a pair of key 3s late in the game as Penn held off a surge by Dayton to defeat the Flyers 78-70 on Saturday.

Dayton had made a six-point push to draw within 62-61 on a John Crosby layup, prompting a Penn timeout with 4:30 remaining. After the huddle, Jones hit a clutch trey, and then another to make it 68-63. Penn made eight of 10 free throws down the stretch.

Jones scored a season-high 15 points, his first game in double figures this season, making 5 of 6 shots. Antonio Woods scored 17 to lead Penn (8-4), Ryan Betley added 14 and Darnell Foreman 12. The Quakers had 20 assists on 26 made baskets led by AJ Brodeur with seven.

Dayton (4-5) cut the gap to 74-68 on a Crosby 3-pointer with one minute left, but the Flyers missed four times from distance in the last 48 seconds. Josh Cunningham scored 21 points with eight rebounds, while Crosby added 15 points for Dayton.

Penn holds off Lafayette to continue solid stretch

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Penn holds off Lafayette to continue solid stretch

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EASTON, Pa. -- Ryan Betley scored 16 points, A.J. Brodeur added 15 and Pennsylvania held off Lafayette 73-68 on Wednesday night.

Penn led 70-59 on a Caleb Wood layup with 2:55 to play but the Leopards charged back. Justin Jaworski started the charge with a 3-pointer and his layup with 22 seconds to go made it 70-68. The Quakers missed two shots, then had a turnover and missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Betley made two free throws to end the drought with 21.4 seconds remaining and from there the Leopards missed three straight 3-pointers.

Penn (7-4) led 33-24 at the half as Brodeur scored 10.

Matt Klinewski had 18 points for Lafayette (1-7) and Jaworski added 16.