PHILADELPHIA -The Penn and Cornell men's basketball teams remained even untila late first-half runbythe Big Red,which wasall they needed to get pastthe Quakers, 88-73,Saturday night at the Palestra.
Sophomore Harrison Gaines led the Red and Blue with a career-high 20 points,while Tyler Bernardini and Cameron Lewis scored 11 apiece.
The Quakers debuted a new starting line-up with Justin Reilly, Conor Turley, Kevin Egee, Harrison Gaines and Rob Belcore. It was the first career start for for Turley, and he ended up leadingthe team inrebounding with five on the night.
The lineup shift provided a spark for the Red and Blue, who jumped out to a 15-8 lead early ina fast-pacedgame. Cornell chipped away at Penn's seven-point lead and tied the score at both 23 and 25 before taking hold of the lead for good. As the clock wound down, the Big Red broke the game open going on a 19-4 run to close the half. Aiding that run were three of Cornell's six three-pointers in the first half. Junior Ryan Wittman led all scorers and hit3-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Penn's woes continued in the second despite the fact that the Quakersshot 47 percent from the field and made 9-of-11 free throws. Gaines scored 17 of his 20 points in the second thanks to 7-of-12 shooting.Bernardini also had a solid second half with nine points before fouling out.
However, foul trouble for the Quakers gave Cornell 16 points from the line to complement a 52-percent shooting average.
The Quakers hit the road for the next three games. First up are Brown and Yale next weekend (Feb. 13-14), followed by a trip to Princeton onTuesday, Feb. 17. All three games are slated for 7 p.m.