PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League announced its weekly awards in men's basketball on Monday, and Penn junior forward Fran Dougherty was named the Ivy League Player of the Week.
Dougherty earned the award despite the fact that Penn lost all three games it played last week; his numbers were simply too good to ignore. In Monday's loss to Delaware, he led Penn with 21 points and added six rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals. That was mere prelude to his performance the next night, in the Quakers' loss to Fairfield, when he scored 31 of the team's 53 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double. Dougherty's 31-point outing was the best by a Penn player since early in the 2006-07 season.
Penn wrapped up its week with Drexel in the latest chapter of their neighborhood tussle, and Dougherty once again led the way for the Red and Blue with 21 points and 10 rebounds, his second straight double-double. (All this, from a player whose career high prior to Monday was 14 points.)
Dougherty was 27-of-43 from the field for the week, hit the first four three-pointers of his career, and after going 1-of-5 at the foul line in the first half vs. Delaware he went 14-of-16 the rest of the week.
Penn is at Lehigh tonight and tomorrow night, completing play in the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Quakers will face Fordham tonight at 6 p.m., and then take on the host Mountain Hawks -- the fifth seed in the NIT -- Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.