DAVIDSON, N.C. - Brendan McKillop scored 19 points to lead Davidson to a 79-50 win over Penn last night, ruining the debut of Quakers interim coach Jerome Allen.
"You can look at things visually and say, is the glass half full or half empty?" Allen said after the Quakers fell to 0-8.
"I always try to say the glass is half full and take the positives, and all we can do is try to get better," he added.
Allen, a former two-time Ivy League player of the year, replaced the fired Glen Miller earlier this month. The Quakers' start is their worst since they went 0-8 to open the 2000-01 season.
McKillop led four players in double figures for Davidson (5-8) at the Belk Arena. Conestoga High graduate Jake Cohen scored 12 points for the victors.
Davidson jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, then went on an 11-1 run for a 24-8 advantage with 9 minutes, 43 seconds to play in the first half.
The Quakers shot only 29.2 percent in the first half (7 for 24), and Davidson would build a 46-19 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats extended their lead to 71-37 with 7:39 left to play, thanks to a 19-4 run.
Zack Rosen scored 14 points to lead the Quakers.
Davidson outrebounded Penn by 43-30 and was 13 of 30 from beyond the three-point arc (43.3 percent).