PHILADELPHIA. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team fell to Rider, 73-57, on Tuesday night at The Palestra.
Darien Nelson-Henry scored the game’s opening bucket, but Rider (1-1) jumped out with the next seven points after that and eventually expanded its lead to as much as eight (14-6).
Penn (0-2) was able to come back, though, and when Sam Jones knocked down a three-pointer with 8:54 left the Quakers were on an eight-point run and held an 18-16 lead.
It was all Rider after that. Zedric Sadler knocked down a trey -- the Broncs were 7-of-10 beyond the arc in the opening period -- and that set the visitors off on a five-point run that eventually expanded to 13-2 and then 24-6. Jones had the last points of the half on his third three-pointer of the period, but at the break Rider’s lead was a comfortable 40-26.
Penn never threatened in the second half. The closest the Quakers got was 13 after back-to-back baskets in the lane by Antonio Woods and Darnell Foreman. The Quakers then had a chance to make it a 10-point game, but Foreman missed a trey. Next thing you knew, Rider had put up nine straight points and the score was 62-40.
Penn got no closer than 14 points after that, and that came with less than a minute remaining in the contest.
Tony Hicks ended the night with 11 points, while Mike Augerscored 10 (after going scoreless in Saturday’s season opener). For Rider, Sadler led the way with 23 points while Jimmie Taylor had 15 points and seven rebounds and Khalil Alford added 10 points.
Penn is home again on Saturday, hosting Lafayette at 7 p.m.
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