Freshman Bryce Washington had career highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double and AJ Brodeur added 20 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots to help Pennsylvania win the Big 5 championship with a 78-70 victory over Saint Joseph's on Saturday night.
Pennsylvania finished 4-0 against the Philadelphia schools, previously beating Villanova, La Salle and Drexel, to claim its first Big 5 title since 1993-94. The win also gives the Quakers (12-6) a 12-4 non-conference record, their best effort since going 13-3 in 2001-02. Jake Silpe came off the bench to score 13.
Brodeur and Washington had nine points apiece in the first half to guide Penn to a 35-31 lead at intermission. The Hawks (9-11) missed all 10 of their 3-point tries and finished 3 of 24 for the game (12.5 percent).
Charlie Brown Jr. hit a jumper to pull Saint Joseph's within 67-64 with 2:44 remaining, but Washington answered with a 3-pointer and Silpe hit a 3-pointer and added three free throws to help the Quakers prevail.
Brown paced the Hawks with 27 points and 12 rebounds, but he sank just 1 of 8 from beyond the arc.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Ryan Betley scored 22 points and AJ Brodeur scored 17 with 10 rebounds and underdog Pennsylvania stunned Providence 81-75 on Saturday.
Prior to Saturday, the last time the Quakers (3-2) beat Providence was 66-65 on Jan. 25, 1975 in Providence.
Providence (4-2) led for a scant 1:59 of this one. Eddie Scott's 3-pointer with 17-minutes left in the first half gave Penn a 5-4 lead and they never trailed again. Penn went to the break with a 47-30 lead after shooting 19 of 33 (57.6%), including 7 of 14 3-pointers.
After the break, Nate Wilson's layup made it 58-52 with 8:51 left, but Providence wouldn't get closer until the end. Jordan Dingle's layup with 66 seconds to go put Penn up 77-64.
Maliek White led Providence with 20 points and Alpha Diallo scored 16.
The Friars entered the game with a 6-3 all-time mark against Penn. Before Saturday, Providence had won the last four games between the two, including an 89-52 win in the most recent matchup on Nov. 18, 2004 in Providence. The Friars' record against Ivy League schools is 132-50.
EASTON, Pa. — Justin Jaworski scored 20 points and Isaac Suffren scored a career-high 19 points off the bench and Lafayette beat Pennsylvania 86-75 on Tuesday night.
Kyle Stout's 3-pointer with 16:54 remaining put the Leopards (3-2) ahead 51-49 and they never trailed again. His basket started a 15-6 run that Penn (2-2) never recovered from.
Jaworski made 4 of 6 3s and distributed six assists. Myles Cherry scored 13 points and Tyrone Perry 12.
Devon Goodman led Penn with 15 points, AJ Brodeur scored 14 points with 10 rebounds and distributed eight assists. Bryce Washington scored 12.
Lafayette plays Fairleigh Dickinson at home on Sunday. Penn plays Providence on the road on Saturday.