Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team extended its win streak to nine games on Friday night with a 73-66 win over Columbia at The Palestra. Sophomore Steve Danley paced the Red and Blue with 18 points while two other Quakers scored in double figures.
Senior Tim Begley opened the second stanza with a three pointer to give Penn (13-7, 6-0 Ivy) a 33-28 lead over the Lions (12-8,3-4 Ivy). But Columbia's hot hand from beyond the arc gave the Lions a five-point advantage with 13:58 remaining. After an Ibrahim Jaaber trey pulled Penn back to withintwo (43-45), senior Tim Begley blocked a Columbia shot and hit a three-pointer on other end of the court to give the home team a 46-45 lead. The Quakers went on a 16-6 runto pull ahead by 11, their largest lead of the game, at 2:55. Penn sawits lead dwindle to three as the Quakers struggled from the free throw line and Columbia hit three treys. Penn clinched the win when Begley sunk two attempts from the charity stripe.
In the first half, Columbia held the Red and Blue without a field goal until Begley laid in a basket at the 14:44 mark. Penn cut the Lions lead to one (12-11) with an Eric Omsundson three-pointer just 30 seconds later andtook its first lead of the game at the 11:21 mark on a Ryan Pettinella lay-up. The Quakers kept the Lions off the board for the next 5:40 and ran out to a seven point lead before Columbia cut the lead to one on a Jeremiah Boswell three ball andjumped ahead on a Matt Preston jumper. Danley converted on a lay-up and the ensuing foul shot to put the Red and Blue up, 30-28, heading into the locker room.
Penn shot 40.5 percent from the field in the game after shooting a dreadful 12.5 percent from the beyond the arc in the first half. Penn won the battle on the glass, out-rebounding the Lions, 34-26. Jaaber scored 15 points and picked up four steals in the game, while Begley added 13 points. Danley went 2-of-4 from the field and picked up most of his points from the foul line where he hit 14-of-17 attempts. Boswell led the Lions with 17 points.
Penn hosts Cornell, who improved to 10-10 overall and 5-2 in the Ivies with a 66-58 win over Princeton, on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The game will air live on CN8.