CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team fell behind big early and was unable to make up the difference on Saturday night at Harvard's Lavietes Pavilion, falling to the Crimson, 74-56.
With the loss, Penn fell to a 11-16 overall, 5-8 in Ivy League play with Princeton looming on Tuesday night. Harvard finished the season 14-16 overall, and jumped ahead of the Quakers in the Ivy standings into fourth place at 6-8.
Matt Howardwas Penn's only double-figure scorer, and his 14 points came on 20 field-goal attempts. The junior also had five rebounds, tied for the team lead with four assists, and collected two steals. FreshmanMax Rothschild, making his second-straight start, finished with seven points and led the Quakers with 10 rebounds.Darien Nelson-HenryandJackson Donahuefinished with nine points each.
Harvard began the game with a 17-3 run and extended the margin to 26-7 and then 31-9. It was 40-15 before Penn closed the half on a 5-0 run, however, putting the score at 40-20 at the intermission.
The Quakers continued to roll as the second half began, scoring six-straight points to pull to within 40-26. However, Harvard then scored 16 of the game’s next 19 points to push back up to 56-29, before Penn responded with a 12-2 stretch to once again get within 58-41 with 9:58 to play. The Quakers cut it to 64-51 on Howard's and-1, and with 3:19 remaining Donahue's three-pointer put the score at 68-54. That was as close as the Red and Blue would get.
For Harvard, Zena Edosomwan -- who did not play in the first meeting between these two teams -- had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Agunwa Okolie had 16 points and nine boards, while Corey Johnson finished with 14.
Penn and Princeton will tip off Tuesday night at 8 p.m. in the Tigers' Jadwin Gym.