NEW YORK — AJ Brodeur scored 24 points and Devon Goodman added 19 and Pennsylvania held on to beat Columbia 72-70 on Saturday night for its first league win this season.
Bryce Washington's 3 with 3:21 left gave the Quakers a 70-66 lead. Gabe Stefanini sandwiched a pair of layups between two free throws by Goodman and Penn (13-7, 1-3) led 72-70 with 58 seconds remaining.
The Quakers called two timeouts after Stefanini's last basket to set their offense, but Antonio Woods missed a tightly contested layup with 30 seconds left and the Lions grabbed the rebound. Columbia cleared out and put the ball in Stefanini's hands. From the left side he drove right and drew a screen. A Penn defender rotated to cover Stefanini, and though he got the defender off his feet with a ball fake, he was forced to fade away to get off a clean shot off which bounced off the rim.
Stefanini finished with 27 points and Quinton Adlesh scored 15 for Columbia (6-12, 1-3).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Ryan Betley scored 22 points and AJ Brodeur scored 17 with 10 rebounds and underdog Pennsylvania stunned Providence 81-75 on Saturday.
Prior to Saturday, the last time the Quakers (3-2) beat Providence was 66-65 on Jan. 25, 1975 in Providence.
Providence (4-2) led for a scant 1:59 of this one. Eddie Scott's 3-pointer with 17-minutes left in the first half gave Penn a 5-4 lead and they never trailed again. Penn went to the break with a 47-30 lead after shooting 19 of 33 (57.6%), including 7 of 14 3-pointers.
After the break, Nate Wilson's layup made it 58-52 with 8:51 left, but Providence wouldn't get closer until the end. Jordan Dingle's layup with 66 seconds to go put Penn up 77-64.
Maliek White led Providence with 20 points and Alpha Diallo scored 16.
The Friars entered the game with a 6-3 all-time mark against Penn. Before Saturday, Providence had won the last four games between the two, including an 89-52 win in the most recent matchup on Nov. 18, 2004 in Providence. The Friars' record against Ivy League schools is 132-50.
EASTON, Pa. — Justin Jaworski scored 20 points and Isaac Suffren scored a career-high 19 points off the bench and Lafayette beat Pennsylvania 86-75 on Tuesday night.
Kyle Stout's 3-pointer with 16:54 remaining put the Leopards (3-2) ahead 51-49 and they never trailed again. His basket started a 15-6 run that Penn (2-2) never recovered from.
Jaworski made 4 of 6 3s and distributed six assists. Myles Cherry scored 13 points and Tyrone Perry 12.
Devon Goodman led Penn with 15 points, AJ Brodeur scored 14 points with 10 rebounds and distributed eight assists. Bryce Washington scored 12.
Lafayette plays Fairleigh Dickinson at home on Sunday. Penn plays Providence on the road on Saturday.