With everything on the line, the Quakers' captain stepped up when they needed him the most. After a Brian Barbour three tied the game and sucked the energy out of the Palestra, the junior coolly sank a jumper from the left elbow with 25.1 seconds left to give Penn a 58-56 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. In addition Cartwright went 4-for-4 from the line after the Lions attempted to turn the game into a foul-fest to eliminate any hope of a miraculous Columbia comeback. Cartwright went a perfect 10-for-10 from the line on the night, scoring a game high 21 points on 6-for-14 shooting.
THE BAD– Darien Nelson-Henry's interior defense
Though the stat sheet may show four blocks for DNH on the night, it doesn't even begin to tell the story of the freshman's night. Going against 6-foot-9 senior Mark Cisco, Nelson-Henry got consistently torched in the second half, surrendering 12 points to the Lion on 5-for-6 shooting. It seemed as if Nelson-Henry was never able to locate the Columbia leader in space, frequently leaving-him wide open for easy baseline jump shots. Cisco wound up being the game's most efficient scorer, helping the Lions claw their way back from a nine-point second half deficit in a game that the Quakers could have put to bed early.
THE UGLY– Columbia's three-point shooting
The Lions were dreadful from distance all night long, closing out the game with a woeful 3-for-17 performance. Though Brian Barbour was able to cause some late fireworks with his game-tying trey, it was the only long-distance shot that he was able to convert, as the senior finished 1-for-5 on the night, a huge step down from his typical standards. Barbour didn't receive much support from his teammates, as freshman Grant Mullins went 1-for-7, junior Alex Rosenberg went 1-for-3 and freshman Maodo Lo went 0-for-2. If Columbia had been able to get its outside scoring at all, perhaps they would have escaped from the Palestra with a win.