NEW YORK CITY – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team had another disappointing Saturday night performance on an Ivy League weekend. This time it happened at Columbia’s Levien Gym, and the host Lions took full advantage in cruising to a 83-56 win.
Columbia simply had its way throughout the first half of Saturday night’s game. The Lions made 10 three-point baskets (on just 17 attempts) and shot 17 of 30 overall from the field while committing just two turnovers.
Penn, meanwhile, struggled to find any semblance of continuity on offense, shooting just 31 percent from the field and often getting just one opportunity at the basket. (Columbia outrebounded Penn 19-9 in the period.)
The score was 46-19 at the break.
It never really got better in the second half. Columbia’s lead hovered around the 30-point mark almost the entire period.
The lone bright spot for Penn was freshman Sam Jones. He hit seven three-point shots -- the most by a Penn player since Tyler Bernardini knocked down eight in consecutive games agaisnt UCLA and Marist in the 2011-12 season -- and finished with a career-high 23 points. Antonio Woods and Matt Howard had nine each.
Columbia finished the game with 15 three-pointers, and they came from seven different players.
Penn is back at home next weekend, hosting Yale on Friday night and Brown on Saturday night. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.
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