Though Tech led most of the game, Penn seized the lead midway through the second half Monday night and held off the Jackets' down the stretch to win their season opener 79-74, behind 30 points from junior F Ugonna Onyekwe, who hit 13 of 18 shots including all four three-point attempts.Three point shooting turned out to be the difference in the second half especially as the Ivy Leaguers hit their long jumpers at a blistering pace while the Jackets hit only three of 14 treys after hitting five of ten in the opening half. Penn finished 13 of 27 from three point range.
Tony Akins had an especially tough second half. He was held scoreless after netting 12 points in the first half. Marvin Lewis had 20 points for the Jackets. Ed Nelson had 11 points and Clarence Moore had 13. Isma'il Muhammad, who missed Tech's opener against Florida A&M wil a sore ankle, scored two points on a break away dunk in his college debut. Center Luke Schenscher was held to three points.
This game was actually played as round one of the Las Vegas Invitational. Tech plays Eastern Illinois on Thanksgiving Day and No. 2 Illinois on Friday in Las Vegas.