NEWARK, Del. - The Penn men's basketball team was without a few key players Friday night at Delaware, and it cost the Quakers big-time.
Starters Miles Cartwright, Henry Brooks, and Tony Hicks were suspended for the game along with Darien Nelson-Henry and Steve Rennard for violating team rules. Coach Jerome Allen did not elaborate.
Without those five, the Quakers went with a seven-man rotation and fell, 83-60.
"I play the guys that play for Penn," said Allen, who added that "the suspensions were really no challenge. We had a game plan, and we expected to go out and execute it. It's a team sport, so whether seven guys played or 15 guys played, I expect the guys to go out and impose their will on the opposing team."
Allen said he had known "for a while" that he would be without the five players. Forward Fran Dougherty said he felt comfortable with the players on the court after practicing with them for the last week.
"Right now we're taking it one game at a time, and we didn't have them tonight," Allen said.
The five players were all in uniform on Penn's bench.
Jarvis Threatt and Jamelle Hagins led the Blue Hens (4-8) with 18 points apiece. After Penn (2-8) shot out to a 16-6 lead, Delaware took its first lead of the game with 3 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the first half after a three-point play by Threatt. He then sank a fadeaway jumper at the first-half buzzer to put his team up, 32-26.
The Blue Hens opened the second half with two quick treys to go up, 38-26, and never looked back.
"I guess we felt a little more tired in the second half," said Dougherty, who scored 18 points in 33 minutes. "But I don't think [fatigue] was the case. I think it comes down to focus on defense."
In his first career start, Greg Louis had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Penn.
Penn's next game is at Wagner next Saturday.