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 last night 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.
"This was probably one of the worst games one of my teams has ever had. And I've been coaching a long time," Penn coach Glen Miller said. "We were awful. We were very lethargic and unsure of ourselves. We didn't handle the break well, and that's very disappointing."
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 seven points. When forward Tyler Bernardini scored with 6:45 left in the first half, the Quakers trailed, 14-2. By that time, they had committed 16 turnovers and missed their first 12 shots.