FORT MYERS, Fla. - Penn set an NCAA modern-day record for the fewest first-half points in a 60-30 loss to Florida Gulf Coast tonight at Alico Arena.
After going scoreless for the first 13 minutes, 15 seconds, the Quakers scored just six points in the half. That's the lowest total by a Division I team since 1986, when the shot clock was implemented. The previous record holder was Central Michigan, which scored seven against Ohio on Jan. 14, 2006. The NCAA record for the longest scoreless stretch to start a game is 13:53.
Casey Wohlleb scored 17, Adam Liddell added 13 and Terike Barrowes contributed 10 to lead Florida Gulf Coast (4-9), which is in its first season of Division I play.
Andreas Schreiber led Penn (4-8) with eight points. When freshman forward Tyler Bernardini scored with 6:45 remaining in the first half, the Quakers trailed, 14-2. By that time, they had committed 16 turnovers and missed their first 12 shots.
Florida Gulf Coast led, 30-6, at halftime on a three-pointer by forward Landon Adler at the buzzer.
Penn shot just 5.9 percent and committed 23 turnovers. However, the Quakers were 4 for 4 from the free-throw line.
Florida Gulf Coast's biggest lead was 60-20. The Quakers finished at 19 percent shooting and had 35 turnovers.