Basketball Looks to Take Big Step Against Big Red

Stopped by the Bulldogs

Yale snapped the Quaker’s 11-game win streak and handed Penn its first Ivy loss of the season on Feb. 19, topping Penn, 78-60, in New Haven, Conn. But, a Yale loss to Brown on Feb. 22, continued the Quakers stance atop the Ancient Eight with a three-game lead. For the third time in four games, Penn will take on the second-place team when it travels to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on Cornell on Feb. 25.

Last Time Out

Sophomore Mark Zoller led three Quakers in double figures with a season-high 22 points, but it wasn’t enough for Penn, who fell to Yale, 78-60, on Feb. 19. Sophomores Ibrahim Jaaber and Steve Danley scored 16 and 10 points, respectively. The Red and Blue fell behind early in the second half and could never recover. Yale jumped out to a double-digit lead with 10 minutes left in the game. The Quakers shot just 28.1 percent from the field in the second stanza and hit only one three pointer. Penn was also out-rebounded, 42-33. The Quakers leading scorer, Tim Begley, was held scoreless for just the second time this season. Begley had six rebounds and six assists in the loss.

All-District Honors

Tim Begley was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District Team. Begley received second-team honors for District III. He was one of six Philadelphia Big 5 players to be named to the All-District III team, but is the only Ivy League player to make the list. He is one of 150 student-athletes from 15 districts who will be eligible for NABC All-American Team at the conclusion of the 2004-05 basketball season.

Picking Pockets, Breaking Records

Ibrahim Jaaber is the single season leader for steals as his 63 steals this season is one better than Matt Maloney. The former Ivy League Player of the Year had 62 stolen balls during the 1993-94 campaign, where he averaged 2.21 picked pockets that season. Jaaber currently averages 2.7 steals per game.

Coaches Corner


Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 16th season at the helm of Penn basketball. Coach Dunphy is the winningest coach in Penn basketball history with 285 career victories. He has had 11 winning seasons at Penn, including three-straight 17 plus-win seasons. Dunphy is the second winningest coach in the Ivy League with 174 Ancient Eight victories.


Head Coach Steve Donahue is in his fifth season at the helm of Cornell basketball. Donahue was Penn Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s assistant for 10 years prior to his arrival in Ithaca, N.Y. He was also instrumental in the Quakers winning six Ivy League titles in his last eight years there, advancing to the NCAA tournament five times and earning national recognition with a top 25 ranking in 1993-94 and 1994-95.

Since We Last Met

Cornell is 1-1 since Penn snapped the Big Red’s four-game win streak with a 64-50 decision on Feb. 12 in The Palestra. Cornell stands second in the League with a 6-4 conference record and is 11-12 overall. On Feb. 18, the Big Red fell to Dartmouth, 67-54, but came back to defeat Harvard, 67-63, on Feb. 19. Freshman Jason Canady led the Big Red against the Big Green with 20 points, while three Big Red scored in double figures against the Crimson, including a 27-point , 11-rebound effort from Ryan Rourke. Canady earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for his combined 35 points over the weekend.

Earlier this Season

Tim Begley scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half against Cornell on Feb. 12 to give Penn a 64-50 victor. Penn rallied from a 26-24 deficit at the half midway. At the 11:18 mark of the second half, Begley drained his fifth three ball of the game to tie the score at 39. On the other end of the court he picked Jason Mitchell's pocket and laid in a basket to give Penn its first lead in the game since the 15:57 mark of the first half. The Quakers went on a 21-5 run to take an 18 point lead with 1:40 remaining and cruised to its 10th-straight victory. Ibrahim Jaaber only had three points, but he dished out eight assists, collected four rebounds, blocked four shots and picked up four steals.

The Series

Penn puts a 13-game win streak against the Big Red on the line on Friday night. The Quakers hold a 137-66 advantage in the series and have won 26 of the last 28 meetings. Coach Fran Dunphy has been very successful against the Big Red, sporting a 27-4 record. He is 9-0 against his former assistant coach Steve Donahue. The Quakers have not lost in Ithaca, N.Y. since Feb. 27, 1998.

Last Five Meetings

2/12/05 Cornell W, 64-50

2/27/04Cornell W, 84-69

2/14/04at Cornell W, 79-52

3/8/03Cornell W, 69-52

2/7/03at Cornell W, 70-67

The Red and Blue on Feb. 25

The Quakers are 21-7 on the 25th of February. Coach Dunphy is 3-0 in contests on this date, while Penn is 2-2 against Cornell. Penn has an 8-3 record on the road on this date.

Up Next ...

The Quakers travel to New York City for a 7 p.m. match up with Columbia on Feb. 26. Penn then returns to The Palestra for its final two home games of the season on March 4 and March 5. On March 5, the Quakers will recognize their seniors prior to the start of the game.

Coach Dunphy in February

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 114-35 all-time in the month of February. The 16-year coach has gone undefeated four times in his career in 1993, 1994, 2000 and 2003. When Coach Dunphy and his Quakers have seven or more wins in February, Penn has won eight Ivy League Championships and finished second four times.


Two starters were held scoreless over the weekend. Against Brown, sophomore Steve Danley did not score for the first time all season as he went 0-for-4 from the floor in 17 minutes of action. For the second time this season, the Quakers leading scorer, Tim Begley, was held scoreless. Begley was 0-for-6 from the floor against Yale on Feb. 19. The last time Begley was held to zero points was against Villanova on Dec. 31, 2004.

The First Half

Sophomores Steve Danley, Ibrahim Jaaber, Ryan Pettinella and Mark Zoller scored 27 of Penn’s 30 first half points against Yale on Feb. 19. Zoller went 5-for-6 from the field for 11 points in the first 20 minutes and scored four of the Red and Blue’s first six field goals. Senior Eric Osmundson’s three pointer late in the first half was the only basket from a player who is not a member of the class of 2007.

Play Nice Boys

Five different Quakers have fouled out of games this season. Penn is 1-5 when a player commits five fouls. Forwards Mark Zoller and Jan Fikiel have each fouled out of two games. Both Quakers left the Yale game early, while Zoller made an early exit against Saint Joseph’s and Fikiel against Villanova. Steve Danley (Temple), Ibrahim Jaaber (Wisconsin) and Eric Osmundson (Rider) were the other three Quakers to foul out of games.

Crashing the Boards

Penn dominated the boards against Brown on Feb. 18 with 51 rebounds. For the first time since Nov. 23, 1999 against Temple, the Red and Blue grabbed 50 or more rebounds. On Feb. 18 against the Bears, Mark Zoller led the Quakers with 12 boards, while eight other players pulled down at least two rebounds.

Gone Running

The Quakers have won four of their last five games on second half runs. Penn has outscored their opponents, 83-18, on these runs. Penn’s biggest run came against Princeton on Feb. 8, a 21-3 run to overcome an 18 point deficit with less than eight minutes remaining.

Looking at the Points

Penn had 44 of its 79 points come from inside the paint on Feb. 18 against Brown. The Quakers outscored the Bears in second chance points, 21-6, and fast break points, 8-6.

Career Numbers

Freshman David Whitehurst played a career-high 21 minutes against Brown on Feb. 18. Whitehurst also scored a career-high four points, dished out a career-best three assists and tied his career-best with three rebounds.

Equaling Your Best

Sophomore Ryan Pettinella tied his career-high of 10 points against Brown on Feb. 18. The forward’s previous career-best came against Villanova on Dec. 31. He also equaled his career numbers in assists, dishing out two helpers.

Danley in The Palestra

Danley has been very effective in League action, but he is a real threat at home. In Ancient Eight games in The Palestra, he is averaging 16 ppg. He has scored double figures in four of those five games and added 23 rebounds, 14 assists, six blocks and three steals.

Movin’ On Up

Tim Begley became the 32nd member of the 1,000 point club on Feb. 5. With 16:26 remaining in the second stanza against Dartmouth, the Freehold, N.J. native downed a three-pointer to score the 1,000th, 1,001st and 1,002nd points of his career to join the exclusive club. With five games left in the regular season, the senior captain, who averages 14.6 ppg., stands 26th all-time in program history with 1,084 points.

Almost There

Tim Begley took over sole possession of second all-time in career three-pointers. The Freehold, N.J. native went 1-for-5 from three-point land against Harvard to surpass former teammate Jeff Schiffner who had 220 trifectas. Begley added 20 trifectas over the last six games for 240 triples in his career. He has downed trifectas in 14-straight games. Begley needs four treys to nab the top spot which is held by former Quaker Matt Maloney. Begley also stands third in the Penn accolades in three pointers made in a season with 83 in 2003-04.

244 Matt Maloney 1993-95

241 Tim Begley 2002-present

220 Jeff Schiffner 2001-04

201 Matt Langel 1997-00

199 Garrett Kreitz 1995-98

Making Ivy History

Tim Begley currently sits fourth all-time in Ivy League career three pointers. He is just one away from Jim Barton of Dartmouth (1986-89), and three away from former teammate Matt Maloney, while Brian Earl of Princeton (1995-99) owns the record with 281 trifectas.


Senior Tim Begley leads the team in multiple double-digit games. The senior has 16 games in double figures this season, including six straight and 12 of the last 15 contests. Five other Quakers have had several double figure games - Ibrahim Jaaber (13), Steve Danley (11), Eric Osmundson (9), Mark Zoller (9) and Jan Fikiel (5).

Honors All-Around

The Quakers have had four different players earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors and two receive Big 5 Player of the Week accolades.

11/29 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Mark Zoller

Big Five Co-Player of the Week

- Mark Zoller

12/6 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Tim Begley

Big Five Player of the Week

- Tim Begley

1/24 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Ibrahim Jaaber

1/31 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Steve Danley

2/14 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Tim Begley

Big Five Player of the Week

- Tim Begley


Penn finished its 2004-05 non-conference campaign with a 7-7 mark. Six of the Red and Blue’s seven wins were double-digit victories including a 30 point win over Drexel on Nov. 23. Penn picked up wins over Bucknell and Lafayette to win 19 straight games against Patriot League opponents. The Quakers went 2-2 in the Big Five defeating La Salle, 78-67 and Saint Joseph’s, 67-59.

When 24 Equals Perfection

The Quakers are 8-1 when sophomore Mark Zoller scores in double figures. The forward from Blue Bell, Pa. had double-digit numbers against Quinnipiac (10), Drexel, (22), La Salle (11), Seina (18), Saint Joseph’s (13), Yale (14), Dartmouth (12), Brown (14) and Yale (22).

A Streak is Over

Senior Eric Osmundson hit at least one three pointer in 17-straight games before the Brown game on Feb. 18, where he was held scoreless from long range. The Carlsbad, Calif. native has had three games with four or more trifectas this season. He’s shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc seven times and ranks fourth in the League in three-point field goal percentage (41.6).

Nationally Recognized (as of Feb. 21)

Ibrahim Jaaber ranks among the best in Division I in steals. The sophomore guard has 63 steals or 2.7 spg. to his credit this season which ranks first in the Ivy League and 14th in the nation. Senior Tim Begley is also among the top-50 in Division I in three-point field goals made, ranking 45th with 2.8 trey per game.

Lending a Hand

Senior Tim Begley tied the program record for assists in a game with 13 helpers against Lafayette on Jan. 18. The record, held by Dave Wohl, C’71, went untouched for 35 years. Begley has 110 helpers so far this season and 399 in his career which ranks third all-time.He surpassed Paul Chambers (1989-1992) who averaged 4.95 helpers in his career. Begley would need 70 assists to move into second place all-time.

Dominating the Glass

Penn has had 40 or more rebounds in nine games this season, including six straight contests - Illinois-Chicago (42), Rider (44), Siena (42), Lafayette (41), Saint Joseph’s (40) and Yale (43). The Quakers grabbed a season-high 51 rebounds against Brown on Feb. 18.

Beyond the Arc

The Red and Blue shot 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the three-point range against Drexel, breaking the program record for three-point accuracy in a game. The previous record of 75 percent was set against USC on Jan. 11, 2003 when the Quakers went 15-of-20 from beyond the arc. Penn tied the record just 19 days later against Princeton, nailing 6-of-8 trifectas.

One of The Best

The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball program was named the 16th greatest college basketball program of all-time by Street and Smith's Specialty Publications. The Quakers were the first Ivy League and Big 5 institution to appear on the list.

Home Sweet Home

The Red and Blue are 732-314 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a losing season at home since 1984-85 where the Quakers went 4-9. The Quakers have had 19 perfect Ivy League seasons at home and four seasons without a loss in The Palestra.

A Decade Worth of Victories

For the 10th time since his tenure began, Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s team recorded at least 17 victories in a season when Penn went 17-10 in 2003-04. The current Ivy League dean of coaches has 11 winning seasons under his belt and three straight heading into the 2004-05 campaign.

He’s No. 2

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 285 career victories.Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 174. He has amassed an overall record of 174-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 16th season at Penn.

Welcome to The Palestra

The Palestra, which was built in 1927, was refurbished in 2000 and reopened amid some hoopla on Dec. 7 as “The Palestra 2000.” Known as college basketball’s most storied gymnasium, The Palestra was renovated into a type of museum of basketball history that includes players, coaches and fans from Penn, the Ivy League, local high schools, national powerhouse colleges, and of course, the Philadelphia Big 5. In an article titled, “A Museum in the Cathedral,” Sports Illustrated's Alex Wolff said “... Old friends - and the new friends The Palestra is making, like the Maryland basketball team, which strolled the halls in December on orders from Coach Gary Williams - regard the temple at 33rd and Walnut as “holier than a mere landmark.”

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