NEW YORK (AP) -- Ben Nwachukwu's tip-in with 2 seconds left gave
Columbia a 59-57 victory over Penn on Friday night, sending the
Quakers to their first loss in the Ivy League.
Mack Montgomery missed a jump shot from the right side but
Nwachukwu tipped it in as several players went for the rebound.Penn (15-7, 7-1) had trailed only once in the second half of a
league game this season -- the first 45 seconds after intermission
against Yale on Feb. 4. The Quakers had won their first seven
league games by an average of 23.1 points.Steve Danley gave the Quakers a 57-54 lead on a layup with 1:45
to play but John Baumann hit two free throws and Nwachukwu made a
foul shot to tie it with 53 seconds left.Columbia (9-13, 2-7) snapped a five-game losing streak.Ibrahim Jaaber led Penn with 24 points.Justin Armstrong led the Lions with 21 points while Montgomery
and Nwachukwu had 10 each.Penn put together a 14-2 run to take a 24-18 lead with 6:21 left
in the first half. Jaaber started the run with a 3-pointer.The Quakers made seven of 15 3-pointers in the first half and
led 33-28 at the break.Penn had won nine of its previous ten games overall and eight
straight against Columbia.