Gamecenter: Penn 58, Columbia 74

1st 2nd Final
Penn (7-13, 2-1 Ivy) 29 29 58
Columbia (9-11, 2-3 Ivy) 38 36 74
Levien Gym – New York, NY Boxscore
 
Postgame audio: Penn | Columbia
 
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Trailing at the half, 39-28, Penn mounted a small run to cut Columbia’s lead to 40-34 with just under two minutes gone by. But they made only one field goal in the next four minutes, 53 seconds, while Columbia went on a 10-2 run to take a 50-36 lead with 14:06 left in the game.
Key sign it was over Penn scored seven straight points after the aforementioned sequence, slicing the deficit to 50-43. But the Quakers went scoreless for almost four minutes after that, while Columbia scored nine straight points and eventually extended its lead to 21 points, 69-48, with 5:39 left in the game.
Key performance John Baumann scored all 18 of his points in the second half. He converted five of nine two-point attempts, made five of eight free throws and also hit one three-pointer. That shot was was of no small consequence, as it gave the Lions the 21-point lead.
Key statistic The Lions rained down threes on Penn from start to finish, connecting on 11 of 19 attempts from the perimeter. K.J. Matsui had the hot hand, making five of eight attempts, while Niko Scott made three of five.
Notes

– Brian Grandieri led Penn with 13 points and was the only Quaker in double figures.

– Scott was the game’s high scorer with 19 points for Columbia, while Matsui finished with 17 points.

– Penn’s leading scorer, guard Tyler Bernardini, did not make the trip to New York because of a concussion suffered earlier in the week when he hit his head on the court during a practice. Glen Miller said Bernardini will not play Saturday at Cornell, and that his return date is unknown at this point.

– Both teams were sloppy with the basketball, committing 17 turnovers each, but the Lions did a better job at taking advantage of the chances created, scoring 22 points off turnovers to Penn’s 14.

– The 16-point margin was Penn’s biggest loss in Ivy League play since falling at Yale, 78-60, in 2005. It was also Columbia’s second home win over Penn in the last three years, having edged the Quakers, 59-57, in 2006.

– On Saturday, February 9, Penn will next head to Ithaca to face Cornell in a sold-out Newman Arena, as Big Red coach Steve Donahue looks to finally beat Penn for the first time in 15 tries, while Columbia will welcome Princeton to Manhattan, with both games tipping off at 7:00 pm ET.

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