A.J. Brodeur scored 16 points for the Quakers, who earned their first win against the Wildcats since 2002. Penn shot 51 percent from the floor, including 43 percent from three-point range, as they stayed perfect on their home floor at 5-0. Not only did they out-shoot the Wildcats, but they also outrebounded them, 35-22, in the win.
The win streak for the Wildcats included matchups against teams such as La Salle, Temple, Saint Joseph's, and the Quakers. Penn was able to seal the victory behind free throws from Brodeur, Antonio Woods, and Michael Wang down the stretch, as they improved to 9-2 on the season. This may lead to a Cindarella story come March Madness, led by head coach Steven Donahue, who led Cornell to the Sweet 16 in the 2010 tournament.
Penn hadn't defeated Villanova since December of 2002, and hadn't done so at home since December of 2001. Villanova hadn't lost to a Big 5 team since falling to Temple in December of 2012. They will hope to bounce back in a tough showdown against the top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks this Saturday. Meanwhile, Penn will hit the road to visit New Mexico that same day.