|Points||Luke Petrasek (18)||Sam Jones (17)|
|Rebounds||Lukas Meisner (12)||AJ Brodeur (10)|
|Assists||Mike Smith (4)||AJ Brodeur, Darnell Foreman (4)|
|Steals||Nate Hickman (4)||AJ Brodeur (2)|
|Blocks||Jeff Coby (2)||Matt Howard, AJ Brodeur (2)|
PHILADELPHIA – Host Penn used a plus-17 rebound margin, converted 12 3-pointers and fended off several comeback attempts as it registered a 70-62 victory over the Columbia men’s basketball team Friday night at The Palestra. Columbia plays the second of a two-game road swing at Princeton tomorrow night.
The Lions could not overcome a 48-31 Penn advantage in rebounding as the Quakers grabbed 19 offensive rebounds and parlayed them into 16 second chance points. Penn also converted 10 straight free throws to close out the game.
Despite trailing by nine points at halftime, Columbia battled right back into the game with an 8-0 run to open the second half. Four Nate Hickman free throws, a Jake Killingsworth layup and a Jeff Coby jumper cut Penn’s deficit to one point (37-36) with 16:36 to play. Columbia built a four-point lead on a Luke Petrasek 3-pointer with 9:02 left in the game.
But Penn was not finished as it kept answering Columbia’s surges with clutch shots. The Quakers answered with a 7-0 run on back-to-back 3-pointers from Matt Howard and Devon Goodman and a Max Rothschild free throw to go up 53-50 with 7:36 to play.
After Columbia’s Lukas Meisner tied the game at 56-56 on a 3-pointer, Penn outscored the Lions 14-6 the rest of the way to register the win. AJ Brodeur converted a 3-point play for a 59-56 lead, then Sam Jones hit a 3-pointer. The Quakers closed out the game by hitting all 10 of their free throw attempts over the game’s final 2:19 to secure the win.
Columbia’s Luke Petrasek scored a game-high 18 points (3-5 3-pointers), Mike Smith added 15 points and four assists and Nate Hickman finished with 14 points and four steals. Lukas Meisner tied a career-high with 12 rebounds.
Sam Jones led Penn with 17 points off the bench. He finished with five 3-pointers on the evening. Jones was followed by AJ Brodeur’s 14 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Howard, who finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Penn (8-12, 1-6 Ivy League) led 37-28 at the half as it took advantage of timely 3-point shooting and a 30-10 first half rebounding edge and used timely 3-point shooting. The Quakers also scored 10 second chance points and hit six pointers. They used a 7-0 run to take a commanding 11-point lead at the 7:00 mark.
Columbia (10-10, 4-3 Ivy League) is back in action Saturday night at Princeton. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. ET. Tickets are still available for Columbia’s home games and can be purchased by visiting GoColumbiaLions.com/Tickets or by calling 888-LIONS-11.