Columbia 74, Penn63
PHILADELPHIA A career night from Jason Miller helped propel Columbia past Penn in The Palestra on Friday night as the Lions defeated the Quakers, 74-63. Miller poured in 21 points and added 10 rebounds both career highs for his first career double-double.
Tyler Bernardini led the Red and Blue with 15 points. Brennan Votel added 13 and Kevin Egee scored 12.
With the loss, Penn drops to 1-2 in the Ivy League and 5-12 overall. Columbia’s win ups its record to 8-11 and 3-2 in the Ancient Eight.
A three-pointer from Bernardini with 15:47 remaining in the first half gave Penn its largest lead of the game at 10-4. After Miller dropped in his second bucket to cut the lead to one, K.J. Matsui rang up two threes in a row to give Columbia a 14-10. It took Penn nearly the remainder of the half to regain the lead, but it did so on the strength of a Votel jumper with 1:08 to play in the opening half that gave Penn a 30-28 lead. Columbia stormed back with a five-point run to close out the half with a 33-30 lead.
Penn was able to tie the score at the onset of the second half after a three-point play from Bernardini 0:42 into the second. The Quakers were not able to complete the comeback as the two teams traded missed baskets for two minutes until Niko Scott scored his second three of the game with 17:11 to go in the game for a 36-33 Columbia lead one the Lions would not relinquish.
Scott's trifecta was part of a 10-2 run that gave Columbia a 43-35 lead with just over 14 minutes to play in the game. The Quakers had one last run in them, scoring seven points in a row to cut the lead back to one point with 11 and a half to go in the game. Zack Rosen started the run with a jumper in the lane. Conor Turley added two with a spinning layup and a free throw after being fouled on the shot. Egee added two free throws to reduce the lead to a single point, but Columbia dug in and would not relinquish the lead.
The closest Penn would come the rest of the way came with 6:22 to play after Jack Eggleston scored from the elbow to cut the lead to 53-51.
Columbia closed out the game by hitting 13 of 15 free throws over the final 4:10. Over that same span, Penn was 1-for-7 from the field.
The Quakers are back in action on Saturday against defending Ivy League champion Cornell at 7 p.m. in The Palestra.