EASTON, Pa. -- My turn, your turn.
That sums up how the matchup between Penn and Lafayette College went. Each team traded baskets in a high-scoring affair. Whether it was twos or threes, it didn’t matter, because they were all falling.
It was only a matter of time before one of their torrid shooting starts came to a halt. The Penn offense went cold midway through the second half, and Lafayette’s turn to go cold never came in an 86-75 victory at the Kirby Sports Center.
Lafayette improved to 3-2.
AJ Brodeur entered the game averaging 19 points, but he finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds on 5-of-13 shooting for Penn (2-2). Five Quakers finished in double-figures. Devon Goodman was the leading scorer with 15 points.
Lafayette shot 54% from the field and 11-for-22 on threes. Guard Justin Jaworski made four threes and finished with 20 points. The Leopards flexed their muscles with depth and had a 34-18 advantage in bench points.
The Quakers started the game 9 of 20 from three but went cold in the second half, finishing 11 of 32.
“I thought Lafayette played forty minutes of great basketball on the offensive end. [They] really had us on our heels," coach Steve Donahue said.
“I thought we did enough on offense; we didn’t execute at the rim like we typically do.
“Their offense is fantastic, except they turn the ball over. I think that’s cost them their two losses, but they didn’t turn it over tonight," Donahue said.
Freshman guard Jordan Dingle did not travel to Lafayette due to a groin injury. Dingle is the team’s second-leading scorer with 16.3 points per game. He led Penn with 24 points in its upset win over Alabama. He hasn’t practiced since the La Salle game.