Penn forward Jack Eggleston slammed the ball hard to the ground late in the second half.
It was hard to blame him for displaying his frustration. Frustrated is exactly how Eggleston and the Quakers have felt all season. Frustrated about losing. Frustrated they haven't won a game yet.
That trend continued last night - and this time it was Albany, an America East team that came into the Palestra and dealt reeling Penn its sixth straight loss to start the 2009-10 campaign, 78-60.
"Yeah, I'm frustrated," said Eggleston, a junior who had a team-high 15 points. "We had a lot of little mistakes. We've got injuries. We've got young people playing who don't have that much experience. Excuses, excuses, excuses. But there comes a time when execuses don't matter anymore. We've got to start learning from our mistakes and get some wins."
The Quakers still haven't found a way to win. Doomed by scoring lapses on the offensive end during the second half when Penn shot just 34.8 percent, the Quakers were also done-in by their inability to defend the Great Danes. Albany (4-6) shot 57.1 percent in the second half - 54.1 percent for the game.
"Defensively we just didn't get it done," said Penn coach Glen Miller.
The Quakers looked as though they might just get off the snide early on in the second half, slicing a seven-point halftime deficit to three when Darren Smith and Rob Belcore opened with back-to-back baskets. And they trailed 47-42 with 16 minutes, 54 seconds left when Eggleston knocked down a three-pointer.
But the Great Danes countered with 10 straight points, holding Penn scoreless for the next 4 minutes, 8 seconds and turning what was a tightly contested game into a blowout.
Then, after making a couple of baskets, the Quakers once again couldn't find their range, going 5 minutes, 31 seconds without scoring, as Albany eventually established a lead of as many as 23.
Meanwhile, like a wounded dog, Penn just wanted to be put out of its misery.
"We're all in this together," said Miller, who looked dejected as the final minutes ticked away from his squatting position along the sideline. "We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We just need to come into practice and get better.
"The way we're going to get over the hump is have good performances at both ends of the floor for 40 minutes. We have enough talent where we can compete but it's imperative that we put together a complete basketball game."
Tim Ambrose had a game-high 20 points for Albany, which had its highest scoring output of the season. Mike Johnson added 15 points and seven assists.
Zach Rosen and Mike Howlett each had 10 for the Quakers, who were outrebounded 37-24 and outscored 42-22 in the paint.
Penn's next chance to earn its first "W" comes Saturday when it travels to 2-6 Monmouth. But until then, the frustration will continue to mount.