PHILADELPHIA -After starting the weekend winless in the Ivy League, the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team now has two Ancient Eight wins after they defeated Harvard, 67-57 on Saturday night.
Penn had three players record double-doubles against the Crimson. Darien Nelson-Henry led all scorers with 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds; fellow big man Max Rothschild set a career-high in rebounds (11) while putting up 14 points; and Matt Howard pulled down 11 boards, tying his career high, and chipped in 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
It was another rocky start for the Quakers, as they fell behind 7-0 early, but -- as they did on Friday night -- went on a 12-3 run to take their first lead just before the 12-minute mark of the first half.
With Harvard leading by five with two minutes to left, Penn scored the next seven points before the half, capped off by a three-pointer by Sam Jones to take a two-point lead into the locker room, 27-25.
Both teams were less than stellar from the field in the first half. Penn shot 38 percent, but held Harvard to just 31 percent.
Penn led for the entire second half on Saturday night and pushed its lead to as many as 11. Darnell Foreman and Max Rothschild showed great chemistry on back-to-back possessions, with clever passing from Foreman and great finishing by Rothschild at the basket.
The Quakers shot just over 43 percent for the evening, but held Harvard to just 31 percent from the field. Penn also outrebounded Harvard, 53-32. Patrick Steeves led the Crimson with 13 points, while Corey Johnson and Agunwa Okolie had 11 each. Okolie also had 10 boards for Harvard, which played the game without leading scorer and rebounder Zena Edosomwan.
Penn will be back at it next Friday when they take the trip up I-95 to New York City to take on Columbia, before heading to Ithaca on Saturday for a matchup with Cornell -- Penn head coach Steve Donahue's first trip to Newman Arena since leading the Big Red to a trio of Ivy League titles from 2008-10.