PHILADELPHIA, PA. 11/24/2018 – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team returned from a trip to the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Penn won one of the three games at the Jam against high-caliber opponents, and had a long travel experience. The welcome back home was a game against the Ospreys of Stockton University, a Division III team. The Quakers were playing a non-Division I school for the third time under Coach Steve Donahue.
Penn lead the entire game winning 112 – 63 over Stockton at the Palestra.
“People wonder why you play non-one’s,” said Penn Coach Steve Donahue. “There are reasons. If you don’t play the game, you lose a game. We had a chance to play a non-one. It gives your kids a chance to get some confidence.”
The game allowed the Quakers to show a balanced offense shooting 56.8% (42 – 74). Of the 42 Red and Blue made baskets, 29 were off assists. The Red and Blue took 40 shots from inside the arc and 34 from beyond it. Also adding to the offense was getting out on the break. Penn outscored Stockton 29 – 3 in fast break points.
“We are still finding ourselves on offense,” Donahue said. “We have to keep figuring out how to get better on offense, take better care of the ball. We will be a little unorthodox in that we don’t have a natural point guard, but we have four or five guys who can pass.”
A pleasant surprise for the Red and Blue this season has been the play of junior guard Devon Goodman. He came into the game as the team leading scorer averaging 16.3 points per game. Against Stockton he was on his scoring average making 5 of 8 from the floor.
“He’s played with great confidence,” said Donahue. “His shooting is much more consistent. After two years of finding his way, he’s benefited from that experience. If you are going to back off of him he’ll make shots. The next step in his career is can he keep a possession going. You’ll see him getting better and better.”
Penn was lead by forward AJ Brodeur who recorded his second double-double of the season and 11 for his career with 11 points and 11 rebounds while adding 5 assists. Three other Penn players recorded double figures. Antonio Woods put up 14 points, Bryce Washington contributed 11, and Michael Wang chipped 13 counters. Of the sixteen Quakers who were on the floor, 13 scored.
Stockton, an NJAC member located in Galloway, NJ, was led by Keenan Williams, Jr. scoring 11 points. The Ospreys went 21 of 66 from the floor (31.8%). Stockton had 13 offensive rebounds, a one offensive board advantage.
Penn (5 – 2) will travel to Delaware State on Tuesday, then hosts Miami, before raining the curtain on the Big Five schedule getting on the bus to La Salle. There are seven games more before Ivy League play begins.
“It will be an interesting stretch,” Donahue said. “All of those games are a pretty good challenge for us in many ways. You hope the benefit is that when you go to Princeton, you’re a much better basketball team.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian