PHILADELPHIA – For approximately 33 minutes on Sunday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team put together a great effort at Rider. Unfortunately, the Quakers could not sustain it and allowed the Broncs to overcame a 14-point deficit for an 89-88 win. (Rider scored the game’s last seven points.) The process of closing out games continues on Thursday night, as Penn travels to George Mason for its first-ever meeting with the Patriots.
GAME 11 - PENN (2-8) at GEORGE MASON (6-6)
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 * 7:30 p.m.
Patriot Center (Fairfax, Va.)
TV: NBC Sports Network (Steve Schlanger, Blaine Fowler)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Larry Rosen, Vince Curran)
The Penn-Mason Series
*The Quakers and the Patriots have never met in men’s basketball.
*Penn is playing the first of three games against Atlantic 10 Conference competition in January with this trip, and in fact will face two A-10 opponents in three days. The Quakers host La Salle at The Palestra on Saturday, then face Saint Joseph’s in their annual Palestra tussle on Saturday, Jan. 18. All-time, Penn is 85-93 against programs that currently make up the Atlantic 10. (Dayton 0-1, Rhode Island 1-1, Duquesne 4-1, Richmond 3-2, Fordham 2-7, St. Bonaventure 2-1, G. Washington 0-1, Saint Joseph’s 34-47, La Salle 38-28, Saint Louis 0-1, Massachusetts 1-3)
Time Change For Penn-La Salle on Saturday
A reminder that Saturday's Big 5 game between Penn and La Salle, originally slated to tip off at 7 p.m. in The Palestra, will now tip off at 4 p.m.
Up The Scoring Chart
Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright has 1,202 points for his career which is 25th in Penn history; he passed Jeff Neuman (1,187 points from 1964-66) and current Colgate head coach Matt Langel (1,191 from 1997-00) with his 20-point performance Sunday at Rider. Dick Censits (1956-58) is 24th on Penn’s scoring chart, with 1,220 points, while Dave Wohl (1969-71) is 23rd with 1,226 points. Phil Hankinson (1971-73) is 22nd with 1,236 points.
The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn had shot just 64-of-182 (.352) in its last three games combined (21-62 at Villanova, 20-61 vs. Wagner, 23-59 at Marist), before going 31-of-52 (a season-best 59.6 percent) last Sunday at Rider.
*After being outrebounded in each of its first four games, Penn outrebounded four straight opponents (43-30 vs. Niagara, 33-32 vs. Lafayette, 42-40 vs. Villanova, 44-42 vs. Wagner) before being outrebounded the last two games (45-32 at Marist, 43-26 at Rider).
*Penn has held nine of its 10 opponents this season below 45 percent from the field.
*Penn is 2-0 against MAAC schools on Tuesdays; the Quakers have not won in any other situation. That includes losing to MAAC schools each of the last two Sundays, Marist and Rider.
*In Penn’s 10 games so far, head coach Jerome Allen has played 15 players in a game twice this season, 14 players four times, and 13 players twice.
*Penn has four players averaging double figures in scoring, but has not had more than three double-figure scorers in any game so far this season.
*Through the first 10 games, five different players have led Penn in scoring (Fran Dougherty, Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Tony Hicks, Darien Nelson-Henry, Julian Harrell) and all five have had at least one 20-point game.
*After recording 14 rebounds combined in Penn’s first four games (3.5 rpg), Dougherty has 50 in the last six contests (8.3 rpg).
*After playing only 19 minutes in Penn’s first six games -- he missed Penn’s trip to Iowa entirely, then played a grand total of five minutes combined against Penn State, Niagara and Lafayette -- freshman guard Tony Bagtas has started the last four games and played 114 minutes. He has dished out 21 assists (9 at Villanova, 8 vs. Wagner, 4 at Marist), scored 19 points (7 against both the Wildcats and Seahawks), and grabbed 10 rebounds.
*Jackson-Cartwright came off the bench at Marist due to a thumb injury. The last time he played in a game but did not start it for Penn? December 10, 2011 at UCLA. (In fact, prior to that game at Marist, Jackson-Cartwright had started 88 of the previous 90 games he had played for the Quakers -- aside from UCLA, his only other non-start during that stretch was Penn’s Senior Day game his freshman year, against Princeton on March 8, 2011).
Notemeal From Rider
*Penn fell to 13-12 in games decided by three or fewer points in the Jerome Allen coaching era (3-4 in one-point games; 6-6 in two-point games; 4-2 in three-point games).
*Penn scored 88 points, a high in the Allen era and the most in regulation since a 94-92 loss to Cornell on March 7, 2008.
*Penn scored 52 points in the second half, tying its best second half in the Allen era (also Dec. 22, 2010 at Delaware).
*Penn shot 59.6 from the field, its best performance since last year against Lafayette; amazingly, in that game last year the Quakers had exactly the same shooting numbers as they did on Sunday (31 of 52), and like Sunday they lost the game (86-83).
*Penn knocked down 10 three-pointers, the most by the Quakers since they hit 10 in a win last year at Cornell. Penn shot 55.6 percent from behind the arc, a season high.
*Harrell’s point total not only was a career high, it nearly matched his total for the entire season prior to the game (31).
*Jackson-Cartwright, who played in his 100th game at Penn on Sunday, also tied a career high with nine assists (done twice before, most recently Feb. 22, 2013 at Cornell).
*Jackson-Cartwright led Penn with six rebounds, a season high, becoming just the third different player to lead the team in that category in a game this season.
*All of Jackson-Cartwright’s field goals were three-pointers, a career-high six, the most by a Penn player since Tyler Bernardini hit eight vs. Marist on Dec. 23, 2011.
*Dougherty scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half. He figured in all of Penn’s first 14 points of the second half, scoring nine of them and assisting on the other five.
*Senior Cameron Gunter set season highs in points (8), rebounds (5) and minutes (19).
*Sophomore Jamal Lewis set a season high in points (7).
*Junior Greg Louis set a career high with three blocked shots, and a season high in minutes (19).