It was, in the grand scheme of things, not all that big a deal as local games go.
Sure, last night's Penn-Lafayette game was a matchup of two Schuylkill 16 teams, and it presented the Quakers with a chance to record their first winning streak of the season.
But between the Eagles, J.C. Romero, and the fact that the Penn students are still on Winter Break, there wasn't much attention paid to the action at the Palestra on a cold, rainy Tuesday night.
So I decided that instead of liveblogging the game, I would try a different way of covering it. I got a photographer's pass for the night, and chronicled the game in pictures instead of words.
It was not an aesthetically pleasing thing, certainly. Lafayette shot only 36.8 percent from the field for the game, including 10-for-25 from three-point range, while Penn got 41 rebounds and shot 48.2 percent from the field but committed 20 turnovers.
All five Quakers starters recorded double figures in scoring, led by Tyler Bernardini's 18 points. Lafayette's top scorer was Ryan Willen, who accounted for 17 of the 35 points scored by Lafayette's bench.
But the more important numbers were 2, 0 and 29. The first is the number of wins Penn now has in a row, after recording an 84-70 win. The second is the number of wins Lafayette has recorded at the Palestra in its history, and the third the number of games the Leopards have played there.
(Credit is due to Bernard Fernandez, who covered the game for the Daily News, for getting the 0-for-29 stat first.)
Enjoy the photos, and let me know what you think of photoblogging as a concept. One of the big discussions going on in journalism these days is how we can find new ways to tell stories, and I hope this post is a step in that direction.
As many of you know, almost all of the video and audio features you've seen on this blog over its two-year history (and it's almost our anniversary) has been a one-man show by yours truly. If it's made your experience as a college basketball fan better or presented information in a different way from what you'd seen before, then I've succeeded.
And you can be sure that I'm not close to being done yet.
To wrap things up, here are two lines worth highlighting from Tuesday evening's action. The first is the strong all-around effort by Penn's Jack Eggleston against Lafayette, and the second is the monster night Villanova's Scottie Reynolds had against Seton Hall in Newark.
Penn 84, Lafayette 70
Describing the game in pictures instead of words.