Men’s Basketball Escapes Lafayette with OT Win, 74-68

EASTON, Pennsylvania— The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team gave up a double-digit second-half lead Tuesday night in Lafayette, but the Quakers scored seven of the first eight points in overtime and held the Leopards 74-68 to the win.

Junior Jordan Dingle got a steal that led to a layup on the first possession of the extra session, then knocked down a three two possessions later to give Penn a 66-61 lead the Red-Blues never gave up.

Penn improved to 2-4 during the season while Lafayette — under first-year head coach Michael Jordan, a Penn Athletics Hall of Famer — fell to 1-5.

Quaker touch meal

*Penn improved to 50-59 all-time in overtime games, 22-24 in OT games on the road, and 6-8 in overtime games under the head coach Steve Donahue.

* It was Penn’s first overtime win since a 75-72 decision over Harvard on Jan. 31, 2020, and his first OT win on the road since the epic 101-96 win in four overtime at Monmouth on Nov. 25, 2017 .

*Penn had season bests in rebounds (43), free throws made (15), and free throw attempts (25).

*Penn was in single digits for the first time this season at eight.

*Dingle finished the night with 22 points, his third straight game with at least 20 points and his 14th straight game in double digits dating back to last season.

*Dingle now has 981 career points after just 56 college games.

*After collecting his first college doubles-double in Penn’s last game, Junior Max Martin nearly had another with 18 points and eight rebounds.

*Senior Michael Moschkowitz scored his first double-digit game of the season with 10 points, a season-best six rebounds and three assists.

*Junior Clark Slajchert had broken his modest four-game streak of double-digit scoring games, but he posted a career-high five assists.

*Studies Nick Spinoso played under 20 minutes but grabbed nine rebounds, a season/career high.

*Senior Jonah Charles hit two of his three three-point shots for six points; All of his points this season came from beyond the arc.

*Lafayette was led by Leo O’Boyle who had 16 points while Jon Brantley had 13 points. CJ Fulton commanded the game from his point guard spot with 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

How it happened

The hosts’ Leopards jumped right out of the net, taking a 9-0 lead before the game was three minutes old and forcing Coach Donahue to call a time-out. However, Dingle was fouled when he took a three-pointer off the break, putting Penn on the board and starting an 8-0 run that forced a time-out from Lafayette. The ‘Pards got a one-and-a-half three-point game from that stoppage, but Penn responded with another nine-point sprint that was cut short by a Charles three-pointer to level the score at 17-12 . Overall, it was a 17-3 run that gave Penn the lead.

The Red-Blues still had a four-point lead at the final media timeout of the first half, but after that timeout, O’Boyle hit a trio of foul shots and Fulton pinched five points around a Martz bucket to give the hosts a 29 give -27 lead at halftime.

Brantley opened the scoring in the second half to put Lafayette four ahead, but the Leopards went stone cold after that and Penn took advantage. The Quakers scored the next nine points of the game over six minutes to take a five-lead lead, then Moshkovitz came back from a Brantley-Trey with the next three baskets of the game, building the Red-Blues’ lead to 42 -34 off. Overall it was a 15-3 run.

Another Moshkovitz basket from a nice Slajchert feed gave Penn the biggest lead of the game, 55-45, playing just over six minutes. At this point, however, Lafayette made a run.

Ryan Zambie and Fulton hit four foul shots, the start of a 10-2 run that put the Leopards to two. Martz struck in the color to make it a four-point game as the game went under three minutes, and then over a minute went by before Justin Vander Baan hit on a putback to take the score from 59- to score 57.

Penn worked the clock on his next possession, which ended with Slajchert getting a good look at a three. He missed, but Moshkovitz was right there for the putback and the Quaker lead was back up to four. Lafayette got the basket back quickly, got the ball back after a miss from Martz and Boyle was fouled when he went into a drive with 22 seconds left. He hit both foul shots, leveling the game 61-61.

Dingle missed a three and then both teams had desperate winning chances that were unsuccessful in overtime.

Dingle scored Penn’s first seven points in OT and single-handedly put the Quakers ahead 68-62. That proved sufficient, as Lafayette didn’t hit a field goal until just 12 seconds remained and Penn was still six ahead.

Penn is playing the inaugural Cathedral Classic at The Palestra this weekend. The Quakers face Hartford on Friday, Colgate on Saturday and Delaware on Sunday. All three games are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m