PHILADELPHIA - Following a five-game losing streak with numerous close calls, the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team was able to stop its slide with a win over Binghamton on Wednesday night. Now the Quakers are in search of the 1,700th win in program history as they venture upstate to renew pleasantries with Penn State in a series that dates back to 1902.
GAME 8 - PENN (2-5) at PENN STATE (3-3)
Saturday, Dec. 1 * 2 p.m.
Bryce Jordan Center (University Park, Pa.)
TV: ESPN3.com (Dave Leno, Nate Ross)
Radio: WFIL 560 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
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The Penn-PSU Series
*Penn and Penn State are meeting for the 46th time in men's basketball, the most of any Penn opponent this season outside of the Ivy League and Big 5. The Quakers hold a 31-14 lead in the all-time series, but the Nittany Lions have won six of the past seven meetings dating back to the 1995-96 season. In that time, Penn's only victory came in a 62-37 decision on Nov. 23, 2002 at The Palestra.
*Penn is 47-47 against teams that currently compete in the Big Ten, having met every program except for Minnesota at least once. (0-6 vs. Illinois, 1-3 vs. Indiana, 1-2 vs. Iowa, 5-6 vs. Michigan, 1-3 vs. Michigan State, 1-0 vs. Nebraska, 1-0 vs. Northwestern, 5-5 vs. Ohio State, 1-2 vs. Purdue, 0-6 vs. Wisconsin)
A Short December
After an intense November that saw Penn play seven times -- including a stretch of six games in 11 days to start the season -- things will slow down considerably for the Quakers in the month of December. Following Saturday's matchup with the Nittany Lions, Penn will have a week off to prepare for Main Line rivals Villanova. It'll be another 13 days before the Red and Blue meet Delaware for the second time on the year, then the month wraps up at Wagner on Dec. 29.
Penn State Head Coach Patrick Chambers is a native of suburban Philadelphia and has numerous ties to both the University of Pennsylvania and the Big 5. The youngest of 12 children, Patrick had two older brothers wear the Red and Blue -- Tim Chambers was the 1984 Ivy League Player of the Year in football and a big part of three Ivy League championship teams, while Paul Chambers was a three-year starting point guard for the Quakers. In fact, Paul played one season with current Penn head coach Jerome Allen and all four seasons with the Quakers' regular radio analyst, Vince Curran.
Going Waaay Back...
The connection between today's head coaches goes back beyond Penn, however. Prior to his arrival in University City, Allen played his high school ball at Episcopal Academy. As a sophomore, he was the Churchmen's sixth man. The starting point guard? Senior Patrick Chambers. Another starter on that EA team was Penn State's current associate head coach, Eugene Burroughs. The head coach of that name was another Philly legend, Dan Dougherty (no relation to current Penn player Fran Dougherty, although the two pronounce their last name the same way).
Countdown to 1,700
Penn's win over Binghamton on Wednesday was its 1,699th win as a program; the Quakers need just one more to become the 10th NCAA Division I program to reach 1,700 victories.
Quaker Notemeal From Binghamton
*Penn improved to 10-2 all-time against programs currently in America East, including 2-0 this season.
*Penn shot better from beyond the three-point line (10-25) than inside it (10-33).
*Binghamton had 49 rebounds, an opponent high in the Jerome Allen coaching era.
*Junior forward Fran Dougherty had his fourth double-double in the last five games, with 11 points and 13 rebounds; they are the first double-doubles of his collegiate career.
*The 13 rebounds were a career high for Dougherty, who has led Penn in that category in every game this season.
*For the first time in his career, Penn won a game when Dougherty scored in double figures; previously the Quakers were 0-8 in such games.
*Junior guard Miles Cartwright went 4-of-4 from the foul line; in the last five games he is a combined 30-of-33 at the charity stripe.
*For the second straight game, junior guard Dau Jok set a career high for points (8). In the last two games, Jok has scored 14 points; prior to that, he had scored 11 for his career.
*Sophomore Camryn Crocker set a new career high with seven points.
*Freshman center Darien Nelson-Henry set season/career highs for points (7) and rebounds (5).