SEATTLE - The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team was blitzed early and never recovered on Saturday, falling to the University of Washington, 104-67, at the Alaska Airlines Arena.
The host Huskies scored the game’s first 16 points and never looked back in improving to 3-0. It was 54-30 at the half, and UW did not sub starters or take its full-court press off until only a few minutes remained despite often leading by 40 in the second half.
The Quakers, who were off to their best start since the 1981-82 season, fell to 3-1.
Darien Nelson-Henry, for whom this game represented a homecoming, led the Quakers with 13 points and also had six rebounds. Junior Matt Howard scored 10 points, while sophomore Darnell Foreman had nine. Penn felt the pressure of the Huskies’ length, though, and committed 16 turnovers while shooting just 6-of-28 from three-point land.
Washington put four of five starters in double figures, led by Dejounte Murray’s 22, and David Crisp added 14 off the bench. UW outrebounded Penn, 50-39, and hit triple digits for the second time in three nights.
Penn returns back to action on Wednesday, opening Big 5 play with La Salle at The Palestra. Tip time is 7 p.m.