Penn had five players score in double figures, shot 54.7 percent from the field, had 21 assists on 29 field goals and blocked 12 shots in a 78-67 win over Campbell last night in the third-place game of the UCF Holiday Classic in Orlando.
In other words, it was the Quakers' (2-7) best game of the season.
"I thought that . . . we got good movement on offense," said coach Glen Miller. "Most importantly, we made the shots that we were getting. Anytime you win you are happy. I thought that tonight we took some steps forward."
Penn led from the start, with its largest first-half lead at 13 points (26-13) with 9 minutes, 52 seconds to play. But the Fighting Camels, from Buies Creek, N.C., cut the lead to seven points (36-29) by halftime, and had it down to 38-36 2 1/2 minutes into the second half as the Quakers scored just two points over a 7-minute span.
But then Rob Belcore hit his only field goal of the game to begin Penn's revival, and Jack Eggleston, Brennan Votel and Tyler Bernardini all scored to open a 55-40 lead. Penn's scoring rampage reached 32-8 en route to a 70-44 lead with just over 6 minutes to play.
"I told the guys after last night's game [81-64 loss to tourney host Central Florida] that we don't have any superstars who are going to carry us," Miller said. "We have a lot of guys who can get the job done, but ultimately we are going to need to rely on each other if we are going to have success. Tonight we did that."
Eggleston led Penn with 16 points and was named to the all-tournament team, while Cameron Lewis had 14 (with five blocked shots), Bernardini 13, Votel 11 and Zack Rosen 10. Jonathan Rodriguez led Campbell (3-8) with 18 points.
Central Florida topped Chicago in the tournament's championship game, 89-75. *