PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team held a late lead Saturday night at Brown’s Pizzitola Sports Center, but the Bears scored nine of the game’s final 11 points to gain an 89-83 win over the Quakers.
Penn fell to 6-11 overall, 0-3 in Ivy League play. Brown improved to 6-12, 1-3.
Max Rothschild had a career night, scoring 18 points, and his layup with 3:10 left gave Penn an 81-80 lead. However, Brown quickly regained the lead when Corey Daugherty blew in for a lefty layup. The Bears never relinquished it.
Jackson Donahue (17 points) missed a contested layup, and then Steven Spieth slipped around the Penn defense for a layup to make it 84-81. Penn worked the shot clock down, and then Donahue fed Rothschild for a nice bunny that got the Quakers back within one.
Spieth was fouled on Brown’s ensuing possession, and hit both free throws. After a timeout, Penn had a chance to tie it as Sam Jones got the ball in the right corner. The sophomore had already hit four three-pointers in the game, but this one rolled off the rim and into the hands of Brown’s Tavon Blackmon. He was fouled by Jake Silpe, and hit both foul shots to make it a two-possession game.
Matt Howard had 20 points and seven rebounds, leading Penn in both categories. Rothschild and Dan Dwyer each had six rebounds, while Silpe dished out five assists.
Brown’s leading scorer, Cedric Kuakumensah, was held scoreless last night against Princeton. He made up for it immediately on Saturday, hitting a trio of three-pointers on the way to a game-high 26 points. Blackmon finished with a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds), while Spieth had 19 points.
Penn is at home next weekend, hosting Dartmouth on Friday night at 6 p.m. and Harvard Saturday night at 7 p.m. Friday’s game will be televised live by the American Sports Network.