PHILADELPHIA – Coming off without question its best overall performance of this young season, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team hopes to keep the momentum going with a Thanksgiving weekend trip to Lafayette. It’s another reunion of sorts for Penn head coach Jerome Allen, as he once again matches wits with one of his coaches from his Penn playing days, Fran O’Hanlon.
The Penn-Lafayette Series
*The Quakers lead the series, 40-6, but have gone just 3-3 against the Leopards over the last six meetings.
*One of Penn’s most regular non-conference matchups, the Quakers and the Pards have played every season since 1988-89 with the exception of 2006-07. After Ivy League and Big 5 opponents, Penn has played only Navy (81 times), Penn State (48) and Syracuse (47) more often.
*Penn is 162-53 all-time against the programs that currently make up the Patriot League. (American 6-0, Army 21-12, Boston University 1-0, Bucknell 4-1, Colgate 7-1, Holy Cross 3-3, Lafayette 40-6, Lehigh 22-5, Loyola (Md.) 0-1, Navy 57-24)
Quaker Notemeal From Niagara
*Penn won for the first time at The Palestra this season (now 1-2).
*Penn scored 85 points, the most in the Jerome Allen coaching era and the most since a 97-94, double OT loss to Delaware on Nov. 21, 2009.
*The last time Penn scored 85 points in a regulation game was March 7, 2008, a 94-92 loss to Cornell.
*Penn also set new team highs in the Allen coaching era in field goals (34) and blocked shots (9).
*Penn set season highs in field-goal percentage (54.8) and assists (22), and tied for its season high in rebounds (43).
*Penn is 2-0 when leading at the half so far this season.
*Penn also is 2-0 against MAAC teams this season (0-3 against all others), and 2-0 on Tuesdays (0-3 on other days).
*Penn outrebounded its opponent for the first time this season.
*Penn and Niagara matched each other in both three-pointers made (4) and turnovers (15).
*Sophomore Tony Hicks scored 33 points, a career high and also the most by a Penn player since Dec. 2, 2006 (Mark Zoller 33 vs. Villanova).
*Hicks also matched his season/career high with five assists.
*Jamal Lewis set season highs in points (6), assists (5), and three-point FG made (2).
*Senior Fran Dougherty set a new career high in assists (3) and led Penn with a season-high eight rebounds.
*This marked the first game a player other than Darien Nelson-Henry led the Quakers in boards.
*Senior Cameron Gunter had season highs in points (5), rebounds (4) and minutes (9).
*Freshman Matt Howard scored the first four points of his collegiate career.
*Junior Greg Louis saw his first game action of 2013-14 and set a new career high with two blocked shots.