PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Tim Begley sank eight 3-pointers and scored
a career-high 29 points to lead Penn to a 78-67 win over La Salle
Begley was ninth in the nation in 3-point shooting last season
and was making them a 48 percent clip this year. Left open against
La Salle's zone, Begley went 8-for-13 on 3s and made six of them in
the second half. He also had seven assists.
Smith and Begley seemed to have their own game of one-on-one
going in the second half.
Smith opened the half with a 3, then Begley sank one. Smith
added a layup, then converted a three-point play, cutting Penn's
lead to 42-40.
Begley, though, answered with consecutive 3s to push the lead
back to eight, but Smith followed with a basket to make it 48-42.
Smith wasn't finished, hitting a little hook in the paint and a
3-pointer to pull La Salle within one.
Begley hit four more 3s, falling down as he fired one up as the
shot clock expired late in the second half then hit one on the run
from the left side on the next possession for a 70-57 lead.
The game was the first in a tripleheader, the Big Five Classic,
held at the Palestra. All Division I schools in the Philadelphia
area played, with Villanova playing Temple and Saint Joseph's
playing Drexel in the nightcap.
It was the first game against La Salle for Penn coach Fran
Dunphy since turning down an offer to return to his alma mater
after Billy Hahn resigned amid rape allegations against three
Many of Penn's fans used the game as an opportunity to taunt La
Salle, unfurling banners that read "Hide The Women and Children,"
"400K Not Enough for Dunphy or Bail," and chanting "No Means
One fan dressed in an orange jumpsuit and another sign said one
of the former players charged would be a first-round pick in the
Pennsylvania penal league.