In early November, the Penn Quakers talked of winning the Ivy League title in men's basketball. A month later, they'll probably tell you that just winning a game would be greatly appreciated.

Penn dropped to 0-6 after a 78-60 loss to Albany tonight at the Palestra.

The Quakers are off to their worst start since losing the first eight games of the 2000-01 season.

This setback had to hurt, considering that the Great Danes (4-6) came in with a three-game losing streak.

Albany put the game away with a 21-3 second-half run to take a 68-45 cushion with 6 minutes, 55 seconds to play.

Great Danes guard Tim Ambrose scored a game-high 20 points. Forward Will Harris (19) and guard Mike Johnson (15) were Albany's other double-figure scorers.

Junior forward Jack Eggleston (15 points, three rebounds) paced the Quakers. Center Mike Howlett and point guard Zack Rosen scored 10 points apiece.

Penn opened the game by missing eight of its first 11 shots from the field. Albany took advantage, and Fran Urli's layup gave the visitors a 13-8 cushion with 13:01 left in the half.

Finally making shots, the Quakers closed the gap to one point with a little over eight minutes remaining until the break.

But Ambrose sandwiched five points around Johnson's layup to quickly extend the Great Danes' lead to eight points at 27-19. Albany led by 39-32 at the break.

Outmuscling the Quakers, the Great Danes scored 22 of those points in the paint. The teams combined for 15 turnovers in the first half.

Injuries continued to hobble the Quakers as guard Tyler Bernardini (left foot) and center Andreas Schreiber (right shoulder) missed their fourth straight game. Forward Larry Loughery (groin) sat out for the second game in a row.

Schreiber is expected to return next month. No timetable has been given for the return of Bernardini and Loughery.

Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 610-313-8029 or kpompey@phillynews.com.