PHILADELPHIA -Nothing came easy for the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon, but the Quakers were able to fight off NCAA Division 3 Ursinus by a score of 73-66 at The Palestra.
Penn improved to 5-5 with the win, while Ursinus is now 1-5.
Penn was led by junior Matt Howard who had his first collegiate double-double with career highs in points (23) and rebounds (11). Sophomore Sam Jones joined him in the double-double club, going for 19 points (including five three-point baskets) and a career-high 10 boards. Darien Nelson-Henry also reached double-digits in rebounds, grabbing 13. In all, the Quakers had 48 rebounds, including 18 on the offensive glass.
Ursinus jumped out to an early lead on the strength of some hot shooting (better than 60 percent). The Bears led by as many as seven in the first ten minutes, before Penn rattled off nine straight points to take its first lead of the game.
After a brief cool down, Ursinus once again found its stroke, taking a 31-27 lead with less than four minutes to play in the first.
The Quakers were able to answer once more again, battling back to take a three-point lead, but Ursinus' Matt Knowles hit a trey with four seconds remaining in the half to send the teams to the locker room tied at 36.
Penn opened up the second half strong, however, going on a 10-0 run that was capped off by a three-point basket from the top of the key by the senior Nelson-Henry. It was the first trey of his career.
Ursinus never got closer than seven for the rest of the afternoon as Penn walked away with a 73-66 victory. Knowles ended up leading the Bears, scoring 26 points, while Malik Draper had 10.
After allowing Ursinus to shoot nearly 60 percent from the field in the first half, Penn was able to hold the Bears to just 33.3 percent in the second half en route to their fifth win of the season.
The Quakers are back in action on Tuesday, when they take a walk down 33rd Street to play neighboring Drexel at 7 p.m.
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