Penn took to the floor of the Palestra on Saturday looking to wash away the bitter aftertaste of last weekend's blowout loss to St. Joseph's.

A visit from lowly NJIT was just the tonic.

The Quakers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first two minutes and were scarcely troubled after that, rolling to an 89-74 win in their last nonconference game of the season.

"We just wanted to come out and have a great start - we haven't had too many of those," senior guard Miles Jackson-Cartwright said. "For us to grow as a team, we've got to be able to sustain that."

Jackson-Cartwright and Tony Hicks led all scorers for Penn (4-11) with 23 points each. Big men Fran Dougherty and Darien Nelson-Henry both posted double figures in points and rebounds: Dougherty had 10 of each, while Nelson-Henry had 10 points and 11 boards.

Damon Lynn paced the Highlanders (8-13) with 25 points. Ky Howard, a Philadelphia native and Shipley product, added 16.

Though the result was hardly in doubt, the Quakers were plagued once again by turnovers. They committed 18 this time. With 15 games played in the season, they still have yet to commit fewer than 10 in one night.

Penn coach Jerome Allen said he was "bothered" by his team's not "playing with the right poise."

"I wish I had the exact answer," Allen said. "I think to be general, without assigning any blame - because ultimately it falls back on me - we just don't value the basketball."