Penn weekend recap: Quakers top Cornell, lose to Columbia

Penn's Miles Jackson-Cartwright helped the Quakers beat Cornell Saturday. (Laurie Dougherty/Philahoops file)

By ADAM BOOTH

Philahoops Staff

@ThatsAdamBooth

The back-to-back weekend games of the Ivy League schedule present an interesting challenge to the eight conference teams. On one hand if a team wants to keep momentum going or swing it in the opposite direction if they just suffered a setback. But on the other hand there is very little time to really prepare or make adjustments to game plans for the next night.

Often head coach Jerome Allen is asked the question after a tough loss “Does the message change between tonight and tomorrow?” His response is often: “You have to stay they course and trust the system.” I buy some of that sentiment, but another part of me feels that there is literally nothing they can do with basically 18 hours a coach has to work with. This was evident in Saturday’s effort against Cornell. However unlike last night’s effort, the system worked.

Penn 69, Cornell 65.

Penn was led with a strong performance from Dau Jok, who had 21 points on 7-11 shooting. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Miles Jackson-Cartwright who had 15 points complemented Jok’s effort. 

Fran Dougherty had 14 points and five rebounds.

Jok was put in the starting lineup because of Tony Hicks suspension after an altercation the night before against Columbia. He made the most of his time in the game.

Penn shot well from the field going 47 percent and 19-21 from the free throw line. They lost the turnover battle 17 to 10, but made up for it on the glass going with a 37-27 advantage. 

The win for Penn was their second road win on the season and snapped an 11-game losing streak away from the Palestra.

Nolan Cressler paced Cornell offensively with 28 points. The sophomore also had five rebounds in the contest. He was helped by the play of Devin Cherry, who had 12 points the losing effort.

The Penn Quakers season comes to a close this Tuesday when they travel to longtime rival Princeton in the finale. The Quakers beat the Tigers in their only matchup earlier this year in the Palestra, 77-74. It was Penn’s signature win on the season.

The Quakers’ five seniors will take the floor one more time in Princeton. Tip off for the game is at 8 p.m. 

FRIDAY NIGHT

By ADAM BOOTH

Philahoops Staff

@ThatsAdamBooth

There have been a handful of truly bright spots this year for the Penn Quakers. A team that only had seven wins overall and only four conference wins coming into their matchup with Columbia. The Quakers dispatched the lions earlier this season with a 68-60 victory at the Plaestra. It seemed as though the Lions had revenge on their mind, and this night they were going to get it.

They did, in a big way. Final: Columbia 74, Penn 55.

This setback for the Quakers is their fourth straight and their eleventh straight on the road. The confines of Levien Gymnasium weren’t too kind for the Quakers or their shooting percentage. They only shot a weak 37 percent on the night, going 2-13 from behind the 3-point line in the process.

It didn’t seem like any of the Quakers could find the shooting touch, outside of Fran Dougherty’s solid performance. The senior had 16 points rebounds seven, he did so on 6-11 shooting.

The rest of the team didn’t fare as well. The next closest scorer for Penn was Miles Jackson-Cartwright with 10. He, like many of his teammates, did not have a good night from the field.

This was before Tony Hicks was ejected with just less than eight minutes to play as he and Mekio Lyles got into an altercation shortly after another missed shot by Hicks.

“I thought that [Fran] got his way in side but the rest of the guys, they have to trust the system, didn’t happen tonight,” exclaimed coach Jerome Allen.

When asked if this was boiling point for Hicks that made his lose his cool, head coach Allen responded with, “Nope. I should of saw it earlier in him. It was unfortunate that it happened.”

This was just another event in a night that didn’t go well for the Quakers. Penn was outrebounded 38-27, dished the ball less only picking up five assists to 12 by Columbia. However they did equal the lions in turnovers with both picking up 11.

“You try to find ways to win when you aren’t scoring the basketball. When you are not making stops you just can’t win. We can’t give up 40 points in the first half,” Allen said.

The turnover number was down from their 16.7 turnover average.

Columbia was led by a strong performance by Alex Rosenberg, who had 22 points on the night. Cory Osetkowski who scored 14 points and Lo Maodo who scored 12 flanked him.

The Lions shot a decent 44 percent from the field and an efficient 12-25 from outside the arc.

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