PHILADELPHIA - Penn has won three of its last four games, giving a young team a shot of confidence heading into a big week that closes the non-conference portion of the 2008-09 schedule; the Quakers play a pair of Philadelphia Big 5 games, beginning Wednesday night with La Salle at the Explorers’ Tom Gola Arena.
GAME 13 PENN (4-8) at LA SALLE (9-7)
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 * 7 p.m.
Tom Gola Arena * Philadelphia
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Penn Game Notes (PDF)
The eight teams Penn has lost to this season entered the week a combined 96-43, a 69.1 winning percentage (UNC 16-2, Drexel 8-8, Penn State 14-5, Albany 11-7, Villanova 14-3, Navy 13-5, UCF 11-6, Temple 9-7).
Penn is 4-0 when leading at the half this season, and 0-8 when trailing at the half.
After being outrebounded in each of its first nine games, Penn has outrebounded its opponent in two of the last three contests.
Through 12 games, Penn has had six different players lead in scoring in a game (Tyler Bernardini, Kevin Egee, Jack Eggleston, Harrison Gaines, Brennan Votel and Zack Rosen) and six different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston, Votel, Rosen, Bernardini, Conor Turley and Cameron Lewis).
Penn has played just one game this season that has ended with a single-digit margin (Drexel, a 66-64 loss for the Quakers).
Penn has shot 77.5 percent from the foul line the last five games (79-of-102); prior to the UCF Holiday Classic, the Quakers were 65.5 percent for the season.
Rosen, a freshman, leads the Ivy League in assist/turnover ratio (1.90) and is second in assists per game (4.6). He has also scored 48 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in the last four games. In his first four collegiate games, Rosen had 25 assists and just three turnovers (all against No. 1 UNC).
Votel , a senior, has scored in double figures in four of the last six games (averaging 12.2 ppg); after scoring in double figures just once in his first three seasons at Penn, Votel has six such games as a senior.
Freshman Rob Belcore has started each of the last five games and played 127 minutes in those contests after seeing just 30 minutes of action in Penn’s first seven games; he scored 11 points against both Lafayette and Temple, and had seven assists without a turnover against Campbell.
Penn vs. La Salle
This will be the 62nd meeting between the Quakers and the Explorers; Penn leads the series, 38-23.
Penn had won six in a row in the series until last year, when La Salle came to The Palestra and defeated the Quakers, 62-58.
Penn has won three in a row here at Tom Gola Arena; the last loss came Dec. 7, 1999.
The last time these teams met here at Gola, they had an incredible game that ended 93-92 in Penn’s favor. It was the closest one-point game in Penn men’s basketball history, and remains fourth in the Penn record book for aggregate points scored in a Big 5 game.
Penn is 106-126 all-time against the teams that currently make up the Atlantic 10including a 78-53 loss to Temple a week agoand the Quakers are in a stretch where they face three A-10 teams in 10 days.
Dayton ... 0-1
Duquesne ... 4-1
Fordham ... 2-6
George Washington ... 0-1
La Salle ... 38-23
Massachusetts ... 1-3
Rhode Island ... 1-1
St. Bonaventure ... 2-1
Saint Joseph’s ... 33-44
Saint Louis ... 0-1
Temple ... 22-42
If you like to play the comparison game, Penn and La Salle have two common opponents from this season...
Villanova - Penn 47-69 L, La Salle 59-70 L
Temple - Penn 53-78 L, La Salle 68-75 L
On December 20, La Salle lost at Cornell, 79-70, in its only other meeting with an Ivy team.
Notemeal From NJIT...
Penn extended NJIT’s losing streak to an NCAA Division I record 51 games.
Penn won for the first time this season when shooting below 45 percent from the field.
Penn won on an opposing team’s court for the first time this season.
It was Penn’s lowest offensive output in a win since a 48-35 win over Princeton on Feb. 13, 2007.
Sophomore Tyler Bernardini had his first collegiate double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds).
Sophomore Harrison Gaines tied for team-high honors with 15 points; all of them came in the second half.
Notemeal From Temple...
Freshman Zack Rosen became the sixth different player to lead Penn in scoring in a game this season, with 12 points.
Freshman Rob Belcore had his second straight 11-point outing
Freshman Mike Howlett saw his first action since the season opener, playing six minutes and getting two steals. He had missed nine games due to injury.
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