INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) -- Koko Archibong achieved what he called
"a lifetime ambition'' by playing in the Forum. He and the rest of
the Penn Quakers put on a show worthy of the famed arena.
Archibong had 21 points and 11 rebounds in his homecoming game and Penn shot 87 percent in the first half to beat Southern
California 99-61 Saturday night.
"I don't think we'll ever play a team the rest of my career
that shoots like that,'' USC coach Henry Bibby said. "It was their
night. We exhausted every option and then it was time to put in the
Archibong, a Pasadena native, had his own cheering section at
the Forum, the arena he most wanted to play in during his career.
He had a large contingent of Penn fans on their feet with dunks,
3-pointers and a variety of inside moves.
"Magic. Those Showtime Lakers. That's what I grew up on,''
Archibong said. "This is where all those championships were won. A
lot of family was here, a lot of people from my high school. I had
a lot of support.''
The Quakers (5-4) won outside Philadelphia for the first time
this season after losing at Delaware, Providence and Colorado. They
improved to 2-3 on the road.
"Our kids were grateful to be in this kind of facility -- great
history and tradition,'' Penn coach Fran Dunphy said. "I talked
about West, Baylor and Chamberlain. These guys talked about Magic
and Kobe Bryant.''
At one point, shouts of "Let's go, Quakers'' rang out in the
former home of the Los Angeles Lakers. USC fans began filing out
with 7½ minutes to go and the Trojans behind by 28 points.
USC trailed by 40 points when a disgusted fan shouted, "This is
Ugonna Onyekwe, Penn's leading scorer and rebounder, came off
the bench for the second straight game and scored 19 points.
The Quakers made 15 of 20 3-pointers and their 75 percent
shooting tied the school record set against Princeton on Jan. 30,
1993. For the game, they shot a school-record 72 percent from the
"Maybe it's the mystique of the gym,'' Archibong said in
explaining Penn's astounding percentage. "It wasn't that we came
into the game thinking that the tempo would be advantageous to us.
We read what they were doing and it ended up we just made a lot of
Nick Curtis scored 15 points to lead the Trojans (6-5), who came
within six points of their worst loss ever. They shot 30 percent
for the game and had 11 turnovers.
The Quakers dominated the first half, making 21 of 24 field
goals, controlling the boards 16-7 and getting 19 assists. They had
a 22-8 edge in the paint and scored 10 unanswered points on fast
The Trojans closed to 25-22 on a 3-pointer by Roy Smiley before
Penn put the game away with a 28-5 run to end the half ahead 53-27.
USC was coming off an 80-75 victory over crosstown rival UCLA on
"We had our heads down. We came out flat,'' said Bibby, who
didn't make his players available to reporters after the game.
"This was the first game this year where we have come out so
David Klatsky, Onyekwe and Jeff Schiffner had six points each
and the Quakers hit five 3-pointers in the spurt that was fueled by
87 percent shooting, an opponent record in a half against the
Trojans. The old mark was 86 percent by Stanford in 1985.
"We shot it flawlessly and whenever you do that, it looks like
the team is a well-oiled machine,'' Dunphy said. "I wish we'd
bottle this and play this well each and every time out.''
USC managed a modest 13-9 run to start the second half, but it
didn't make a dent as the Trojans only got within 22 points. Penn
answered with seven straight points, including its 11th 3-pointer,
for a 69-40 lead with 14:10 left.
Duane King hit Penn's 14th and 15th 3-pointers in the final
three minutes. The Quakers fell one 3-pointer short of the school
record of 16.
The game was moved from the Los Angeles Sports Arena because of
a Disney on Ice show.
Meeting for the first time since 1995, Penn leads the series
5-2. The Quakers improved to 14-8 all-time against the Pacific-10.
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