The Quakers gave it everything they had, and there were times I thought, this is it. This is going to be the year we finally win a tournament game.
But Texas was a bit too big down low, and Penn missed two or three shots too many, and the good guys ultimately fell, 60-52.
This is the best I've ever seen Penn play in the Dance - which figures, as this was the first year since I've started following Quakers basketball that it seemed the team had absolutely no chance to win its first-round tournament game. Yet they were within a point of second-seeded Texas - in Dallas - with five minutes to go.
I'm proud of the Quakers. They earned the respect of the college basketball world tonight. It just would have been so much sweeter to win.