PHILADELPHIA - Penn senior guard Ibrahim Jaaber was named the Co-Ivy League Player of the Week in men's basketball. The announcement was made Monday by the Ivy office.
The senior guard earned the weekly honor for the second time this season -- and the eighth time in his career -- after giving a virtuoso performance last Thursday at La Salle and leading the Quakers to a pulsating, 93-92 Big 5 win over the Explorers. Jaaber finished the game with 27 points -- shooting 11 of 16 from the field -- nine assists, four rebounds and two steals in playing all 40 minutes. What was most impressive, however, was his play in the second half when he scored 16 points (6 of 8 shooting), dished out seven of his assists (without a turnover) and had both of his steals. Led by his play, the Quakers overcame a double-digit deficit to gain the win.
Jaaber -- who leads the Ivies in four categories, including assists and steals per game, and is third in scoring -- shared the honor with Brown's Mark McAndrews, who scored 27 second-half points in Brown's Ivy League win over Yale Saturday.
The Quakers are out of conference twice this week, taking on Temple Wednesday night at 8 p.m. and Saint Joseph's Saturday at 7 p.m. They are Penn's final non-conference games of the 2006-07 season.