NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team was done in by a balanced Yale attack on Friday night, and took an 81-58 loss to the Bulldogs at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Penn fell to 6-10 overall, 0-2 in Ivy League play, while Yale improved to 12-5, 3-0.
Yale jumped out with the first eight points of Friday night’s game, a run that was punctuated by a flagrant 1 foul called against Darien Nelson-Henry. Penn recovered from the first blow, and behind a trio of three-point baskets from Sam Jones the Quakers got as close as two points (31-29). However, the Bulldogs again scored eight in a row after that and took a 41-31 lead into the locker room.
It was in the second half that Yale pulled away. The Bulldogs used a 17-5 run midway through the period that proved to be the knockout blow. The run -- much of which came with reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Justin Sears on the bench -- turned a 46-37 game into a 21-point runaway.
Matt Howard was the only Penn player to reach double figures in the scoring column, with 17 points.
For Yale, Brandon Sherrod led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds. Justin Sears scored 16 points, while Makai Mason had 14 points and five assists.
Penn is back in action tomorrow night at Brown. That game will be televised live by the American Sports Network, and will tip off at 8 p.m.