Gamecenter: Columbia 54, Penn 73

1st 2nd Final
Columbia (13-10, 4-5 Ivy) 24 30 54
Penn (16-8, 7-1 Ivy) 33 40 73
The Palestra – Philadelphia, PA Boxscore
Postgame audio
Columbia: Joe Jones
Penn: Glen Miller/Ibrahim Jaaber/Mark Zoller
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Early on, Penn was content to give Columbia wide open looks, and the Lions hit three three-pointers in the first eight minutes. But after Columbia grabbed a 19-14 lead on a layup by Kevin Bulger 7:40 into the game, the Quaker defense tightened. Penn only allowed two field goals over the final 12:20 and outscored the Lions 19-5 over the rest of the half to take a 33-24 lead into intermission.
Key sign it was over Ibrahim Jaaber drove and was fouled on an acrobatic layup by Joe Bova. Jaaber converted the three-point play and put Penn up by 16, 65-49, with a shade over five minutes to play. Columbia had a pair of 1-or-2 trips to the line, before Grandieri restored the lead to 17 points with a layup at the 4:01 mark. By the time the Lions scored again, only 2:14 remained and they were staring at a 67-52 deficit. A Steve Danley dunk and Jaaber layup then eliminated any doubt about the eventual result.
Key performance Brian Grandieri. The junior was 8-for-8 from the field, though he did miss one of his two free throws. Grandieri hit several baseline jumpers — characterized by Jaaber after the game as “the hardest shot in basketball” — in a 17-point effort.
Key statistic Penn had an off night from beyond the arc, but the Quakers torched Columbia inside, going 22 of 27 (81.5 percent) on two-pointers — including a perfect 12 of 12 in the second half. The Lions only could manage 13-for-32 (40.6 percent) shooting inside the arc, as they were outscored 36-22 in the paint.

– Niko Scott led Columbia with 14 points, including three long-range three-pointers early in the second half.

– Jaaber shook off a recent shooting slump with 15 points on 6-for-11 shooting, adding seven assists, three blocks, and three steals against just one turnover in 38 minutes.

– John Baumann played only 23 minutes due to foul trouble and didn’t score for the second time this season.

– Columbia got the better of Penn on the boards, rebounding at 35.3 percent offensively while holding the Quakers to 24.0 percent.

– Both teams struggled at the free throw line, with Penn hitting just 14 of 26 attempts (53.8 percent).

– Columbia heads up I-95 to face Princeton (10-12, 1-7 Ivy) on Saturday, February 17, at 7:30 pm ET, while Penn hosts Cornell (14-9, 7-2 Ivy) at 7:00 pm ET.

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