PHILADELPHIA - After starting the season with six matches in 11 days -- including a three-games-in-four-days stretch that ended last Tuesday -- the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team got a well-deserved break over the Thanksgiving holiday. After eight days away from game action, the Quakers host Binghamton.
GAME 7 - PENN (1-5) vs. BINGHAMTON (2-4)
Wednesday, Nov. 28 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
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The Penn-Binghamton Series
*The Quakers and the Bearcats are meeting for the first time in men's basketball. This is the second time already this season that the Quakers have faced another program for the first time-in the NIT second round, they lost to Fairfield, 62-53, in Charlottesville, Va.
*Penn is 9-2 against programs that currently compete in the America East Conference; that includes the Quakers' season-opening, 80-75 win over UMBC on November 9. (0-2 vs. Albany, 1-0 vs. Boston University, 2-0 vs. Hartford, 2-0 vs. New Hampshire, 4-0 vs. UMBC)
Wednesday's game is the last of seven that Penn will play in November. Interestingly, the only full month in which the Quakers will play more than seven games happens to be the shortest month of the year, February -- they will play eight. Penn will play four games in December, seven in January, and five in March.
Dougherty Earns Ivy Honor
Junior forward Fran Dougherty was named Ivy League Player of the Week last Monday, earning the award despite the fact that Penn lost three times. He averaged 24.3 points per game, highlighted by his performance against 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. He followed that up with a double-double against Drexel (21 points, 10 rebounds.) Dougherty was 27-of-43 from the field, 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.
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Dougherty's 20-point performance against Fordham last Monday at Lehigh was his fourth straight such game. The last Penn player to do that? Tim Begley, who had four straight games with 20 or more points midway through the 2003-04 season.
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Against Fairfield, Dougherty scored 31 of Penn's 53 points, good for a staggering 58.5 percent of the team's scoring in the game. It got us to thinking: how many times in history has a Penn player scored more than half of his team's points in a game? We researched back to the start of the Ivy League era (1955-56) and found four other such occasions:
Dec. 28, 1964: Stan Pawlak scores 36 of Penn's 71 points (50.7 percent) in a 71-59 win over Pitt.
Dec. 28, 1975: Keven McDonald scores 35 of Penn's 70 points (50 percent) in a 77-70 loss to Tennessee.
Feb. 18, 1984: Karl Racine scores 26 of Penn's 52 points (50 percent) in a 56-52 loss to Dartmouth.
Jan. 20, 2010: Zack Rosen scores 29 of Penn's 57 points (50.9 percent) in a 76-57 loss to La Salle.
Talk about youth -- Penn enters the 2012-13 season with no seniors. In an informal survey of the 345 other NCAA Division I programs, only Georgetown, Navy and Wright State came back as programs that started 2012-13 without any seniors on the roster.
Youth Movement, Part Deux
Our colleagues at Navy came up with another way to determine a team's lack of experience, using a ratio that measured the total number of combined seasons playing Division I basketball against the number of players on the roster. Penn came in at 1.00 (15 combined years of experience/15 players on the roster). Only 13 teams had a lower ratio. (FYI, Navy was third, at 0.76, behind Cal State Northridge's 0.65 and Dartmouth's 0.73.)
Countdown to 1,700
Penn's season-opening win over UMBC was its 1,698th win as a program; the Quakers need two more to become the 10th NCAA Division I program to reach 1,700 victories.
Home is Where the Wins Are
Penn entered the 2012-13 season with 803 wins at The Palestra, which opened in 1927. In yet another informal survey of the other NCAA Division I programs, only Washington (921 wins at Hec Edmundson Pavilion) and Butler (812 wins at Hinkle Fieldhouse) boast more wins in their current home than the Quakers. The Edmundson Pavilion was opened in 1927, while the Bulldogs opened Hinkle in 1928.
Quaker Notemeal From Fordham/Lehigh
*Ten of the 11 Penn players who got into the Lehigh game scored against Mountain Hawks; against Fordham, all 13 players who dressed played in the first half.
*Against Fordham, Penn had more assists (13) than turnovers (11) for the first time this season; in addition, the turnover total was a season low.
*One night later, against Lehigh, Penn's bench players outscored the starters for the first time this season (36-30).
*Junior forward Fran Dougherty had his third double-double in the last four games (17 points, 10 rebounds) at Lehigh; they are the first double-doubles of his collegiate career.
*Junior guard Miles Cartwright went 12-of-14 from the charity stripe in Penn's games at Lehigh; he is 21-of-23 in the last three games, and 26-of-29 in the last four.
*Junior guard Dau Jok set a career high in rebounds (6) and minutes (18) against Fordham, then had a career high in points (6) vs. Lehigh.
*In addition to scoring nine points against Lehigh -- his best outing since dropping 13 in his collegiate debut -- freshman guard Tony Hicks had a season and career-high four assists.
*Freshman center Darien Nelson-Henry set a season/career high with six points.
*Sophomore guards Camryn Crocker and Patrick Lucas-Perry tied career highs by playing 17 minutes apiece against Fordham.
*Freshman guard Jamal Lewis set a season/career high with three assists vs. the Rams.