PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team has played pretty decent basketball over its last five halves, dating back to Marist on December 22. The Quakers have no wins to show for it, though, adding urgency to Saturday’s Big 5 tilt with La Salle. This is also Penn’s final test before the Red and Blue open Ivy League play next Saturday against archrival Princeton.
GAME 12 - PENN (2-9, 0-2 Big 5) vs. LA SALLE (6-6, 0-1)
Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 * 4 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
The Penn-La Salle Series
*The Quakers and the Explorers have met 66 times previously, with Penn holding a 38-28 lead in the series.
*La Salle has won six in a row over Penn, including a 74-57 victory last year at the Tom Gola Arena on Olney. Prior to this six-game run, the Quakers had defeated the Explorers six straight.
*Penn is facing its second Atlantic 10 Conference in three days with this game, after losing to A-10 newcomer George Mason on Thursday night, 80-77. The Quakers also will face Saint Joseph’s in their annual Palestra tussle on Saturday, Jan. 18. All-time, Penn is 85-94 against programs that currently make up the Atlantic 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 38-28, Saint Louis 0-1, Massachusetts 1-3)
Up The Scoring Chart
Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright has 1,218 points for his career which is 25th in Penn history; he passed Jeff Neuman (1,187 points from 1964-66) and current Colgate head coach Matt Langel (1,191 from 1997-00) with his 20-point performance last Sunday at Rider. Dick Censits (1956-58) is 24th on Penn’s scoring chart, with 1,220 points, while Dave Wohl (1969-71) is 23rd with 1,226 points. Phil Hankinson (1971-73) is 22nd with 1,236 points.
The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn has held nine of its 11 opponents this season below 45 percent shooting from the field; George Mason became the second team to get above 45 percent on Thursday, shooting 45.3 percent (24-53).
*Penn is 2-0 against MAAC schools on Tuesdays; the Quakers have not won in any other situation. That includes losing to MAAC schools each of the last two Sundays, Marist and Rider.
*In Penn’s 11 games so far, head coach Jerome Allen has played 15 players in a game twice this season, 14 players four times, and 13 players twice.
*Penn has four players averaging double figures in scoring, but has not had more than three double-figure scorers in any game so far this season.
*Through the first 11 games, five different players have led Penn in scoring (Fran Dougherty, Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Tony Hicks, Darien 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 59 in the last seven contests (8.4 rpg); he has snared nine or more boards in five of Penn’s last six games.
*After playing only 19 minutes in Penn’s first six games -- he missed Penn’s trip to Iowa entirely, and played a grand total of five minutes combined against Penn State, Niagara and Lafayette -- freshman guard Tony Bagtas has started each of the last five games and played 141 minutes. He has dished out 22 assists (9 at Villanova, 8 vs. Wagner), scored 23 points (7 against both the Wildcats and Seahawks), and grabbed 13 rebounds.
*Jackson-Cartwright came off the bench at Marist 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 has 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).
*Ten of Jackson-Cartwright‘s last 11 field goals have been three-pointers; the outlier during that stretch was a layup he hit in the final minute of the first half Thursday night at Mason. Over the last five games, 19 of Jackson-Cartwright’s 23 field goals are from beyond the arc and he is 19-of-31 (61.3 pct).
Notemeal From George Mason
*Penn had 10 steals, just the second time this season the Quakers have reached double figures in that category (also 13 at Monmouth)
*Penn hit nine three-point baskets, one shy of the season high set in its previous game at Rider; after averaging 5.4 treys per game through the first nine games; the Quakers have hit 19 in the last two games.
*Penn is 2-3 this season when leading at the half; in the three losses, their halftime leads were 1 (Lafayette), 1 (Wagner), and 2 (George Mason).
*Sophomore Tony Hicks led Penn with 23 points, his 23rd career double-figure scoring game at Penn and his sixth time going over 20 points; prior to his outburst on Thursday, Hicks had scored 24 points combined in Penn’s previous four games.
*Hicks also set a career high with six assists and tied a season high with four three-point baskets.
*Senior Fran Dougherty scored 17 points, his 15thdouble-figure scoring game at Penn, and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.
*Junior Greg Louis set a season high with 21 minutes played, and had eight points and five rebounds which were both one shy of his season highs set in his season debut, against Niagara.
*Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright set a season high with two steals and scored 16 points, his 58th double-figure scoring game at Penn which leads all active players.