PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team won the opening tip against Columbia on Friday night. Almost immediately, Zack Rosen hit a three-point shot.
That was a theme throughout the night.
Rosen simply controlled Friday night's game, scoring 17 points and dishing off nine assists with just three turnovers. Following his lead, Penn never trailed in gaining a 64-54 win over the Lions at The Palestra. With the victory, the Quakers are back at .500 overall (12-12) and remain alone in third place with a 6-4 Ivy League mark. Columbia fell to 14-11, 5-6 in Ivy play.
Penn pounded the boards on Friday night -- less than two weeks after being outrebounding 35-19 by the Lions in New York City, the Quakers outboarded their opponent 41-33 on Friday night. In particular, Mike Howlett (7), Bernardini (6) and Zack Gordon (five in 11 minutes) helped Eggleston control the glass.
The first half was a sluggish affair, one that ended with Penn up 23-18 thanks to a Rosen three-pointer at the buzzer. Columbia got within three on a pair of occasions early in the second stanza, but Penn used a 9-0 run that turned a 25-22 lead into a 34-22 advantage. Columbia never got closer than six after that.
Noruwa Agho, who killed Penn in New York two weeks ago, led all scorers with 20 points. Brian Barbour slashed his way to 19, while Asenso Ampim had 10 and six rebounds.
Penn is back in action Saturday night, hosting Cornell at 7 p.m. The Big Red fell to Princeton, 84-66, Friday night at the Tigers' Jadwin Gym.
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Postgame Notes: Penn snapped a three-game losing streak to Columbia with the win ... The Quakers now lead the all-time series with the Lions, 134-85 ... Penn improved to 4-1 at home in Ivy League games this season; since the start of the 1992-93 season, the Quakers are 109-22 (.832 win percentage) in Ivy home games ... For just the second time this season, Penn never trailed or was tied after it scored the game's first points (also Dartmouth on Feb. 4) ... Columbia scored just 18 points in the first half, a season low for an opponent ... After being outrebounded by Columbia 35-19 in the first meeting two weeks ago, Penn outboarded the Lions 41-33 on Friday ... Two weeks ago, Columbia had 13 offensive rebounds while Penn had two; on Friday, the Quakers had 15 and the Lions had nine ... Penn improved to 11-0 when making more free throws than its opponent; on Friday the margin was 14-12 ... Columbia did not get any bench points on Friday night, the first time that has happened to a Penn opponent this season ... Junior Zack Rosen led Penn with 17 points, the sixth time he has led the Quakers in that category in a game (first since La Salle on Jan. 12) ... It was Rosen's team-high 19th double-figure scoring game in 2010-11, and his 57th at Penn ... Rosen also had a game-high nine assists, giving him five or more assists in 13 straight games ... Rosen now has 136 assists this season, good for 10th on Penn's single-season list (who did he replace at no. 10? Jerome Allen, who had 133 assists in 27 games in 1992-93) ... Rosen has 399 career assists, good for fourth on the program's all-time list; his 4.99 per-game average is tops all-time ... Freshman Miles Cartwright had 13 points, his 13th double-digit scoring performance this season (sixth in Ivy play) ... Senior Tyler Bernardini had 11 points on Friday night, his 15th double-figure scoring game this season and the 52nd of his Penn career ... Bernardini has scored in double digits in 13 of Penn's last 15 games ... Senior Jack Eggleston had 11 rebounds, his 10th double-figure board game this season and 17th at Penn ... Eggleston has led Penn in rebounding in 21 of its 24 games this season ... Eggleston also had three blocked shots, one shy of his career high ... Senior Zack Gordon set a new career best with five rebounds ... Junior Mike Howlett made his second straight start and tied a season high with seven rebounds ... Both senior Conor Turley and freshman Cameron Gunter returned to action after missing last weekend's trip to Brown and Yale ... Turley had eight points and three rebounds in 14 minutes, while Gunter played 10 minutes.