CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team hung with Ivy favorite Harvard for about nine minutes on Saturday night at the Crimson’s Lavietes Pavilion, but once the Crimson stepped on the gas the Quakers had no answer in falling, 80-50.
Penn fell to 4-13 overall, 1-2 in Ivy League play after this most frustrating of weekends. Harvard improved to 17-3 overall, 4-0 in Ivy play.
Harvard is deep and athletic, and all of that was on display as the Crimson ran away with this thing starting midway through the first half. Penn was up 18-15 after a Fran Dougherty layin with just over 11 minutes to play, but Harvard scored the game’s next 14 points and used a 29-5 run to halftime to take any drama out of this contest.
The run continued into the second half, as the lead built up to as much as 32 points after Lauren Rivard (22 points) hit a trio of three-pointers in the span of just over a minute.
Rivard finished with 22 points, while Kyle Casey had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Zena Edosomwan had 10 points. Harvard shot 50 percent in the game but went 12-of-20 on three-point shots, and eight of the Crimson’s nine field goals in the second half came from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Tony Hicks finished the game with 14 points to lead Penn, while Darien Nelson-Henry and Miles Jackson-Cartwright added 10 apiece. Hicks also led the Quakers with three assists, while Henry Brooks scored six points and had three steals.
Penn returns to action next weekend at home, hosting Cornell on Friday night and Columbia on Saturday night. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m.