Men's Basketball Hits NJIT in Midweek Tilt
PHILADELPHIA - After a brief foray into Ivy League play last Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team travels back into New Jersey for the first of three final non-conference games. The Quakers hit Newark this time, facing NJIT in a rare Thursday matchup at the Fleisher Athletic Center.
The Penn-NJIT Series
*Penn won the first two meetings. The first came Jan. 5, 2008, a 79-68 Quaker victory at The Palestra in Philadelphia. The second came exactly four years ago from the upcoming match on Jan. 17, 2009, a 59-40 Penn win at Fleisher.
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*Junior Dau Jok entered this season with nine career points and seven rebounds; he entered last Saturday's La Salle game at 37 career points and 29 career boards; in the last three games, he has scored 29 points and snared 23 rebounds.
*In his last four games, freshman Tony Hicks has 52 points (13.0 ppg); in the last three games he has shot 47.4 percent from the field (18-38) after shooting just 30.7 percent in the first 12 contests.
*In his last six games, freshman Darien Nelson-Henry has 55 points (9.2 ppg); after scoring a combined 16 points in his first six games, "DNH" has scored seven or more points in six of his last eight appearances.
*After averaging just 1.9 rebounds per game in his first nine appearances for Penn -- remember, he missed all of last year due to injury -- sophomore Greg Louis has had four or more boards in five of the last six games. (In the outlier game, he had three.)
*After averaging 2.8 points per game in Penn's first eight contests, Louis has averaged 7.2 ppg in the last seven.
*He leads the Ivy League in overall rebounding (8.8 rpg), and is third in both scoring (15.7 ppg) and field-goal percentage (52.5).
*He led Penn in rebounding in each of the first eight games this season; in his absence, four different players have led the team in boards.
Quaker Notemeal From Princeton
*For the second time in three games, and the fourth time this season, Penn outrebounded its opponent (33-32).
*Penn had season team lows in free-throw percentage (6-12, .500) and assists (8).
*Princeton hit 11 three-pointers and shot 50.0 percent from beyond the arc, both opponent highs for this season.
*Freshman Tony Hicks set season/career highs in points (16), rebounds (6), assists (5) and minutes played (30).
*This was Hicks' fourth straight double-figure scoring game (9.0 ppg in that stretch) and sixth this season.
*Hicks led Penn in scoring for the second time in three games, and the third time this season.
*Hicks also led Penn in rebounding, becoming the sixth player to do that this year (also Dougherty, Cartwright, Nelson-Henry, Louis and Jok).
*Freshman Darien Nelson-Henry had 11 points, his second straight double-figure scoring game.
*Nelson-Henry is averaging 12.0 ppg over the last three games and 9.2 ppg over the last six.
*Junior Steve Rennard played a season-high 34 minutes.