PHILADELPHIA - Penn's Fran Dougherty scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and the Quakers shot 54.2 percent from the field, but still had to hold off a late rally by Columbia before coming away with a 68-60 win on Saturday night.
Columbia saw a heavy dose of the Quakers’ Fran Dougherty, who scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to send Penn into the locker room with a 40-30 lead. As a team, the Quakers shot 68.2 percent (15-of-22), picking up the vast majority of their buckets in the lane.
The pace quickened in the second half, but Columbia was unable to gain any traction. An old fashioned 3-point play by Tony Hicks gave Penn its largest lead of the game with 6:54 on the clock before the Lions pushed back.
A 9-0 run, capped by a Zach En’Wezoh tip in, cut the deficit to 62-55 with 3:38 showing on the scoreboard. Columbia extended its defense and came as close as six after a pair of Lo free throws at the 2:00 minute warning.
Despite holding the Quakers to just two points in the closing moments, the Lions could not convert on their own end to come up on the short end on the road.
Penn held a 20-8 advantage on the glass, partially because of its strong shooting in the first half, and finished the game with a 37-26 edge.
The Lions return to Levien Gymnasium next weekend when they welcome Harvard and Dartmouth to Morningside Heights on Feb. 14-15. Both start times are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are available by clicking here and can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.