PHILADELPHIA -Playing the Ivy League-leading Yale Bulldogs on Saturday night, the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team fell by a score of 79-58. The Quakers battled throughout the first half, but went cold in the second to allow the Bulldogs to claim their ninth Ivy win of the season.
Matt Howard led the Quakers in scoring with 16 points, going 6-8 from inside the arc, while Darien Nelson-Henry was right behind with 15 on 6-for-11 shooting.
Penn (10-13, 4-5 Ivy League) trailed for most of the first half, but never fell behind by more than eight. With less than five minutes left Jake Silpe hit a three in the corner to pull the Quakers even at 20. On the next possession, with Yale leading by two. Jackson Donahue added his first points of the game, a three-pointer to give the Red and Blue its first (and, as it turned out, only) lead.
The lead wouldn't last long as Yale (18-6, 9-1) went into the locker room with a 37-32 advantage. Penn shot 52 percent from the field in the opening half, scoring 20 of its 32 points in the paint. Howard led the Quakers with 11 first half-points.
The second half wasn't as kind to the Red and Blue. Penn shot just 8-28 from the field and saw a five-point deficit turn into 21.
After Friday night's performance, when the Quakers made 12 three-point shots against Brown, they made just three on 18 attempts on Saturday. Yale made only one three-pointer all evening, but shot over 50 percent to run away with the victory.
Next Friday and Saturday will be Penn's final two home games of 2016. The Quakers will host Cornell on Friday, and then Senior Day will be on Saturday against Columbia. Both games will start at 7 p.m.