PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team has had a week to savor a win in its Ivy League opener. This weekend, the Quakers host Saint Joseph’s in their final Big 5 game this season. It’s part of a big day at The Palestra, which will start with ESPN’s “College Gameday” in the house Saturday morning, then La Salle and Temple tipping off at noon. Penn-SJU is at 7 p.m.
GAME 14 - PENN (3-10, 0-3 Big 5) vs. SAINT JOSEPH’S (11-5, 0-2)
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WFIL 560 AM (Matt Leon, Vince Curran)
The Penn-Saint Joseph’s Series
*The Quakers and the Hawks have met 81 times previously, with SJU holding a 47-34 lead in the series.
*Saint Joseph’s snapped a two-game losing streak to Penn last year, winning 79-59 here at the Palestra behind Langston Galloway (20 points, 9 rebounds) and Ronald Roberts (16 points, 12 rebounds). Darien Nelson-Henry was the only Quakers player to hit double figures in the scoring column (17 points).
*Prior to Penn’s two-game win streak, SJU had won five in a row over the Quakers.
*Penn is facing its third Atlantic 10 Conference this month; the Quakers fell at George Mason on January 2, 80-77, and followed that up two days later with a 76-57 loss to La Salle at The Palestra. All-time, Penn is 85-95 against programs that currently make up the A-10. (Dayton 0-1, Rhode Island 1-1, Duquesne 4-1, Richmond 3-2, Fordham 2-7, G. Mason 0-1, St. Bonaventure 2-1, G. Washington 0-1, Saint Joseph’s 34-47, La Salle 38-29, Saint Louis 0-1, Massachusetts 1-3)
Home is Where the Wins Are
Penn entered the 2013-14 season with 803 wins at The Palestra, which opened in 1927. In an informal survey of the other NCAA Division I programs, only Washington (932 wins at Hec Edmundson Pavilion) and Butler (826 wins at Hinkle Fieldhouse) boasted more wins in their current home than the Quakers. The Edmundson Pavilion was opened in 1927, while the Bulldogs opened Hinkle in 1928.
Up The Scoring Chart
Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright has 1,224 points for his career which is 24th in Penn history; he passed Dick Censits (1,220 points from 1956-58) last Saturday against Princeton. Dave Wohl (1969-71) is 23rd with 1,226 points. Phil Hankinson (1971-73) is 22nd with 1,236 points. Barry Pierce (1991-94) is 21st with 1,245 points. Jack Eggleston (2008-11) and Matt Maloney (1993-95) are tied for 19th with 1,248 points each.
The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn has held 11 of its 13 opponents this season below 45 percent shooting from the field; George Mason was one of those two teams, barely -- the Patriots shot 45.3 percent (24-53) against the Quakers on January 2.
*In Penn’s 13 games so far, head coach Jerome Allen has played 15 players in a game twice this season, 14 players four times, and 13 players three times.
*Penn has four players averaging double figures in scoring -- Tony Hicks (15.0), Darien Nelson-Henry (13.2), Fran Dougherty (12.4), Miles Jackson-Cartwright (11.3) -- but has not had more than three double-figure scorers in any game so far this season.
*Through the first 13 games, five different players have led Penn in scoring (Dougherty, Jackson-Cartwright, Hicks, 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 80 in the last nine contests (8.9 rpg); he has snared nine or more boards in seven of Penn’s last eight games.
*Dougherty has led Penn in rebounding in each of the last three games (10.0 rpg in that stretch) and eight of the last nine contests.
*Hicks has led Penn in scoring each of the last three games (19.0 ppg in that stretch).
*Nelson-Henry had missed four games before starting last weekend against Princeton (17 points, 8 rebounds), while Harrell had missed the previous two games before starting against the Tigers (7 points, 6 assists).
*Jackson-Cartwright came off the bench at Marist (Dec. 22) due to a thumb injury. The last time he played in a game but did not start it for Penn? Dec. 10, 2011 at UCLA. (In fact, Jackson-Cartwright had started 90 of the previous 93 games he had played for the Quakers -- aside from Marist and UCLA, his only other non-start during that stretch was Penn’s Senior Day game his freshman year, against Princeton on March 8, 2011).
*Eleven of Jackson-Cartwright‘s last 12 field goals have been three-pointers; the outlier during that stretch was a layup he hit in the final minute of the first half at George Mason. Over the last seven games, 20 of Jackson-Cartwright’s 24 field goals are from beyond the arc and he is 20-of-36 (55.6 pct).
Notemeal From Princeton
*Penn improved to 14-13 under head coach Jerome Allen in games decided by three points or less (3-4 in 1-point games, 6-6 in 2-point games, 5-3 in 3-point games).
*Penn snapped a three-game losing streak to Princeton, and beat the Tigers for just the second time in the last 10 meetings; the Quakers now lead the series, 124-105.
*For the first time in five games and the fifth time this season, Penn outrebounded its opponent (42-25); the Quakers’ +17 in the rebound column was a season best.
*For the first time in 10 games, and just the third time this season, Penn attempted more free throws (26) than its opponent (24).
*Penn tied a team low with three three-point baskets in the game, and set a season low with nine attempts from beyond the arc.
*Princeton set opponent lows this season in rebounds (25) and turnovers (8).
*Sophomore Tony Hicks led Penn in scoring for the third straight game and the fifth time this season, with 18 points; he has averaged 19.0 ppg in the last three contests.
*This was Hicks’ 10th double-figure scoring game this season, and his 25th at Penn.
*Senior Fran Dougherty collected his second double-double this season and the sixth of his career (17 points, 12 rebounds).
*Dougherty’s 12 rebounds were a season high and one shy of his career high.
*Dougherty has led Penn in rebounding in three straight games and eight of the last nine contests … Dougherty has averaged 10.0 rebounds per game in the last three contests, and 8.9 rpg in the last nine contests (after averaging 3.5 rpg in Penn’s first four contests).
*Dougherty’s double-digit scoring game was his seventh this season, and his 17th at Penn; amazingly, the Quakers have won just two of those 17 contests.
*Dougherty also tied season/career highs in steals (2) and minutes (36).
*Playing for the first time in five games, sophomore Darien Nelson-Henry scored Penn’s first five points and ended the day with 17.
*This was Nelson-Henry’s seventh double-figure scoring game this season and his 17th at Penn.
*Nelson-Henry’s eight rebounds were his high since he had eight at Lafayette on November 30.
*Playing for the first time in three games, sophomore Julian Harrell tied his season/career high with two blocked shots.
*Senior Steve Rennard tied a season/career high in assists (3) and season marks in steals (2), points (3) and minutes (24).
*Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright tied a season high with two steals.