Men’s Hoops opens Myrtle Beach with 2OT loss to Utah State

CONWAY, South Carolina – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team abandoned a double-overtime thriller with Utah State on Thursday afternoon, 87-79, in the first round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

The Quakers (2-3) erased a 12-point deficit in the second half and had a chance to win it at the end of regulation time and first overtime, but the Aggies (2-1) withdrew late second extra session to earn their second consecutive victory.

With the loss, Penn enters a consolation match with Davidson that kicks off Friday at 2:30 p.m. and airs nationally on ESPNU. The Wildcats fell to New Mexico State in the afternoon’s other first-round game, 75-64. NMSU and USU will meet in the semi-finals on Friday at noon.

Notemeal Quaker
* This was Penn’s first overtime game since his 75-72 win over Harvard on Jan.31, 2020.

* It was Penn’s first game in multiple overtime since that epic four-overtime classic at Monmouth won by the Quakers over Thanksgiving weekend in 2017.

* Penn is down to 49-59 all-time in overtime games.

* Penn knocked down nine three-pointers but only shot 27.3% from beyond the arc, a season low.

*Junior Jordan dingle scored a career-high 31 points on Thursday but took 24 shots in the process, the most by a Penn player in the Steve donahue the era of coaching.

* Dingle also had five rebounds, one best of the season.

* Only his second return game after missing three with injury, second Max Martz scored 12 points on 5 of 7 shots from the field, including two three-pointers.

*Junior Jonas charles scored nine points out of a three-point line; his 60 points this season have come from 17 treys, three two points and three free kicks.

* Sophomore Clark slajchert also had nine points.

* Senior Jelani williams Set season / career highs with seven assists and three interceptions.

*Junior Lucas monroe had five rebounds, a season-high and tied his career best records with two blocked shots and three steals.

How did it happen
After starting 0 of 6 on the field, the Quakers got back-to-back buckets in the paint like a dunk of Max Lorca-Lloyd brought the Rouge et Bleu to within two at 6-4 five minutes into the game.

In the middle of the first half, the tandem of Nick spinoso and Clark slajchert scored 11 straight points off the bench, including nine from Slajchert, to keep the Quakers in the game as a trey from Slajchert brought Penn down to one at 16-15 with 8:01 left before halftime.

A quick 5-0 run from a three-point shot from Jonas charles and a turnaround of Max Martz gave the Quakers a 22-21 lead with 3:48 left in the first quarter. In the possession that followed, the Aggies responded with their third three of the half to regain the lead before a media timeout.

Penn held Utah State scoreless for the final two minutes of the first half and a pair of baskets in the paint of Jordan dingle tied the game at 28 before halftime despite the Quakers shooting 15 percent (2 of 13) from beyond the arc. In the first 20 minutes, the Reds and Blues had 15 bench points.

Utah State scored the first five points of the second half before Charles knocked down a deep three on Aggie’s turnover of just under a minute and a half in the stanza.

Another push from Aggie took Utah State’s advantage to 11 at 48-37 after a three-point shot with 12:25 left in the contest. The Aggies knocked down eight of their first 11 shots of the second half to build a double-digit lead.

The Quakers responded to their biggest deficit of the game with three straight points. Second year Max Martz gave Penn quality minutes in the second half and his withdrawal with just over eight minutes left made it a 53-50 one-possession game in favor of Utah State.

A four-point game from Dingle gave Penn his first lead of the second half at 56-55 with less than five minutes to go. The lead was the Quakers’ first since the 3:48 mark in the first half.

Dingle started again a few minutes later, knocking down a wing three to tie the score at 59 with two minutes remaining.

After a defensive save, Dingle hit a pair of free throws to give Penn a 61-59 advantage with 90 seconds left. On the next possession, Utah State regained the lead with a three-run.

After calling for a time out, Martz hit a tree to give the Quakers a two-point advantage. The Aggies wouldn’t leave as a tough bucket in the post tied the game at 64 with 47 seconds left.

The Quakers came back empty on their next possession and Lucas monroe played a big game on the defense. With an Aggie backing him up, Monroe blocked the shot and caught the loose ball as Penn took a time out.

Dingle’s winning three-point attempt as time ran out in regulation ended and the game headed for extra time.

With less than 30 seconds left in overtime, Max Martz knocked down a three-run that seemed to give the Quakers a 74-73 lead. Upon closer examination, he was replaced with a two-point basket to tie the game at 73.

After the Quakers made a defensive save, Monroe grabbed a defensive rebound and his time expired fade jumper wasn’t true as we went to double overtime.

Utah State scored the first four points of the second extra period before a pair of free throws from Dingle broke the ice for the Quakers.

The Aggies held Penn scoreless on the field for the 1:44 final of the contest to walk away late.

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