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 last night 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.
"We are frustrated as a team," said Penn forward Jack Eggleston, who finished with a team-high 15 points. "There are multiple games we could have won, and some we definitely should have won. So, to be sitting here at this point, it is just incredibly frustrating."
Albany put the game away with a 21-3 second-half run to open a 68-45 cushion with 6 minutes, 55 seconds to play.
"We didn't make the adjustments we needed to make defensively at halftime," Penn coach Glen Miller said. "We talked about it, and we just couldn't get a hold of them. They scored in a variety of ways."
At times, the Quakers didn't score at all. Penn was held scoreless for stretches of 4:08 and 5:31 after intermission.
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.
Center Mike Howlett (10) and point guard Zack Rosen (10) also scored in double figures for Penn.
The Great Danes scored 42 points in the paint and had a 42-37 rebounding edge.
Injuries continued to hobble the Quakers as guard Tyler Bernardini (left foot) and center Andreas Schreiber (right shoulder) missed their fourth straight games. 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.