PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its weekly awards in men's basketball, and University of Pennsylvania freshman guard Tony Hicks has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. He becomes the third different Penn freshman to be so honored this season, joining classmates Jamal Lewis and Darien Nelson-Henry.
Hicks was simply outstanding on this weekend's road trip to Cornell and Columbia. On Friday night in Ithaca, N.Y., he scored 29 points - the most by a Penn freshman in a game since March 7, 1992, when current head coach Jerome Allen was playing for the Quakers and dropped 31 on Cornell. Hicks scored Penn's first eight points in the game and 15 of its first 17, and in the second half he had a personal nine-point run that turned a four-point Penn deficit into a five-point lead. The Quakers never trailed again in winning, 79-71.
On Saturday night, Hicks not only led all scorers in Penn's game with Columbia, he scored almost half of the Quakers' point in the game (19 of their 41).
For the season, Hicks is averaging 8.9 points per game (including a team-high 13.8 ppg in Ivy League play).
Junior guard Miles Cartwright was also recognized by the Ivy League office, earning a spot on the honor roll for his performances. Cartwright scored 15 points at Cornell -- including the 1,000th of his career -- and also tied a season/career high with nine assists. The next night, he had nine points and led Penn in assists and steals.
Penn returns to action twice this weekend, hosting Dartmouth and Harvard. The Quakers and Big Green will tip off Friday at 7 p.m.; on Saturday, Penn and Harvard will square off at 6 p.m. in a game that will be televised live to a nationwide audience on the NBC Sports Network.