An 18-0 second half run and a 23-point performance off the bench by Devon Goodman helped Penn claim a 74-62 men's basketball victory over Columbia Friday evening at Levien Gymnasium.
The Lions take on the 7-1 Quakers Friday night before welcoming the defending Ivy League Champs Tigers to Levien Saturday. Both games are at 7 p.m. on SNY and NBC Sports Philly +.
Stefanini earned his second Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after leading the Lions, averaging 18.5 points per game and went 7-of-9 from 3-point range in a pair of tough road games.
The contest featured 16 lead changes and seven tie scores and each team led by double-figures at one point in the game.
The Lions (6-14, 3-4), who were effective offensively shooting 52.3 percent overall and 11-of-22 from 3-point range, were led by a 17-point performance by Gabe Stefanini.
The Lions open up the back-to-back in New Haven for a 7 p.m. tilt on SNY Friday before a Saturday night matchup with the Bears in Providence at 6 p.m.
"They always told me to focus on school first, and then basketball," Gabe Stefanini recalled about advice his parents gave him growing up.
Kyle Castlin's block on a 3-point attempt with less than a second remaining sealed a thrilling victory as the Lions evened their Ivy League record at 3-3.
Columbia used a 14-0 run to come-from-behind and hand Harvard its first Ivy League loss of the season, 83-76, Friday evening at Levien Gymnasium.
The Lions will welcome first-place Harvard Friday night before a Saturday night contest against Dartmouth. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. starts on SNY.
With this initiative by the American Cancer Society and the NABC, fans can pledge a dollar amount for every 3-pointer the Lions during the month of February or make a one-time donation.
Stefanini picks up the honor after posting a career-high 19 points at Cornell Saturday.