By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After a rough trip to New England, the Penn Quakers will return to the friendly confines of the Palestra on Friday night as they host Cornell in Ivy League play.
The Quakers (4-13, 1-2 Ivy) lost to Dartmouth and Harvard this past weekend. They were neck and neck with the Big Green on Friday before fading late and losing, 68-57, in Hanover, New Hampshire. Then a talented Crimson team ran past them in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 80-50, on Saturday.
“The biggest thing with us is that we control our own destiny,” Penn head coach Jerome Allen tells KYW Newsradio. “The better we are in terms of paying attention to details and defending and keeping guys out of the paint and keeping guys off the offensive glass, I think the better our outcomes will be. And they weren’t great this past weekend.”
Cornell will come to town just 1-17 on the season (0-4 in the Ivy League) and that only win came against a Division III school in Oberlin College. The Big Red love to shoot from deep. 38% of their field goal attempts for the season have come from behind the arc (they’ve connected on 31% of them).