PHILADELPHIA – Coming off a 78-73 loss to Big 5 rival Temple in its season opener on Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team makes its first road trip of the 2013-14 season on Tuesday, traveling to Monmouth to take on a Hawks team that won its opener, 88-84, against Hofstra. Tip time in West Long Branch, N.J. is slated for 7 p.m. at The MAC.
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The Penn-Monmouth Series
*The Quakers hold a 4-1 advantage in the series, which started in 2003 and had its most recent chapter written in 2009.
*The last time these teams met was Dec. 12, 2009, again at the MAC, and it ended as the Hawks’ only victory in the series, 80-75. The significance of that event? It was the last game Penn played before Jerome Allen became the program’s head coach. Glen Miller was fired a day after the loss, and Allen was installed as interim coach. He filled that position the rest of the 2009-10 season, then became the official John R. Rockwell Head Coach of Basketball after the campaign.
*Penn holds a 20-13 record all-time against the programs that currently make up the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, or MAAC. This is the first of three games against MAAC opposition this year, Penn will also play Niagara on November 26 and Rider on December 29. (Canisius 0-1, Fairfield 0-1, Iona 3-1, Manhattan 7-3, Marist 1-1, Monmouth 4-1, Niagara 0-3, Quinnipiac 2-0, Rider 1-2, Siena 2-0.)
Ivy Honors For Hicks
Sophomore guard Tony Hicks was named co-Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday, sharing the honor with Yale's Justin Sears. This is the first time Hicks has been an Ivy League Player of the Week; he was Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice last season. More about Hicks' game on Saturday is below.
Notes From Temple
*Sophomore Tony Hicks led all scorers with 28 points, one shy of his career high and the most by a Penn player in a season opener since the 2001-02 season (Ugonna Onyekwe 30 at Georgia Tech).
*Hicks took 24 shots, tying the high by a Penn player in the Jerome Allen coaching era (Zack Rosen took 24 against Princeton on March 6, 2012), and made 12 which was one shy of a player high in the Allen era.
*Hicks scored eight straight points late in the game to push Penn from a 71-65 deficit to a 73-71 lead (the Quakers’ first lead in the game since 9-8).
*Hicks also matched a career best with three steals, added three assists, and knocked down a team-high three three-point baskets.
*Sophomore Darien Nelson-Henry scored a career-high 19 points and had 10 rebounds -- one shy of a career best -- for his third collegiate double-double. Thirteen of his points and seven of his boards came in the second half.
*Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright had 12 points for his 53rd double-figure scoring game at Penn.
*Senior Fran Dougherty, playing his first game since February 2, matched a career high with two assists.