PHILADELPHIA -On Senior Night at the Palestra, the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team fell to Columbia, 93-65. The loss is only the Quakers second in their last six home games and their third in the last eight games overall.
Penn was led by senior Darien Nelson-Henry who scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jackson Donahue wasn't far behind with 16 and four assists and Matt Howard chipped in 14 while matching Nelson-Henry's seven boards.
Penn fell behind in the early going, trailing by as many as 12 in the first ten minutes, but bounced back to go on a 19-10 run that brought the deficit to just three. Aiding the cause were Donahue and Howard hitting back-to-back threes with just over eight minutes remaining.
However, Columbia would finish off the half on a run of its own and head into the locker room with a 47-36 lead. Matt Howard led the Quakers in the first 20 minutes with 12 points. Nelson-Henry was credited with 10.
Things didn't get better in the second half for Penn. Columbia built its lead to 20 in the first five minutes and the Quakers couldn't dig themselves out of the hole, resulting in a 93-65 loss for the Red and Blue.
The Lions shot an incredible 64.2 percent from the field on Saturday night, including 10-for-24 from beyond the arch. They also only turned the ball over four times the entire night.
Penn shot 46 percent and 7-for-23 from three-point land, but could not match the Lions sharpshooting.
Penn is back at it on Friday when it heads to Dartmouth for the first of three games on the road to close out the 2015-16 season.