FAIRFAX, Va. – For the third time in as many games, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team got off to an extremely slow start. Unlike the previous two games, the Quakers never got back into this one as they fell to George Mason, 63-44.
Penn needed almost four minutes to get on the board Saturday, and by that time the Quakers were already down 8-0. Darien Nelson-Henry’s basket to open Penn’s account was answered by six-straight Patriots points, though, and Penn got within single digits just one other time in the half, at 14-5.
Any thoughts of a second-half comeback were quickly thwarted, as Mason scored the first seven points of the period to turn a 29-16 lead into a 21-point advantage. The Red and Blue never got closer than 17 points after that, at 48-31.
Antonio Woods and Nelson-Henry paced Penn offensively with 10 points each, and Nelson-Henry also grabbed 11 rebounds for his third double-double this season.
Penn returns to action one final time before fall-term exams, hosting Temple on Wednesday night in its second Big 5 game of the season. The Quakers and Owls will tip off at 7 p.m. from The Palestra.