PHILADELPHIA –The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team earned its biggest win in a Big 5 game in more than 10 years on Wednesday night, defeating La Salle by 16 points. On Sunday, the Quakers are in the Lehigh Valley to face Lafayette at 2 p.m.
GAME 6 – PENN (4-1) at LAFAYETTE (1-4)
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 * 2 p.m.
Kirby Sports Center (Easton, Pa.)
The Series With Lafayette
*The Quakers lead the series, 40-8, but the Leopards have won the last three meetings including an 83-77 decision last year at The Palestra in Philadelphia.
*Penn and Lafayette have played every season since 1985-86, with two exceptions (1987-88, 2005-06); that makes this one of the Quakers’ longest-running continuous series outside of Ivy League and Big 5 play.
*Each of the last four meetings have been decided by six or fewer points.
Coach D vs. Coach O
Sunday’s meeting has Penn’s first-year head coach Steve Donahue matching wits with Fran O’Hanlon, with whom he was an assistant coach at Penn for several years.
Penn vs. The Patriot League
Penn is 162-55 against programs that currently play in the Patriot League. The Quakers will play another PL member, Navy, in its next game on Wednesday.
*Through five games, Penn has a 1.39 assist/turnover ratio (82/59), and 82 assists on its 130 baskets (a 63.1 percentage). Last year, Penn’s assist/turnover ratio was 0.78, and its assist-to-basket percentage was 54.9.
*Penn has 36 three-point baskets so far this season, a 7.2 per-game average. Last year, Penn averaged 5.5 treys per game.
*Penn is 7-2 when sophomore Sam Jones scores in double figures during his career; that includes four of five games so far this season.
*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry is the only Penn player to have scored in double figures in all five games this season.
Notemeal vs. La Salle
*Penn’s 16-point margin was its largest in a Big 5 game since a 71-47 win over La Salle on Jan. 14, 2004.
*Penn won its Big 5 opener for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry had career highs in points (31) and rebounds (14) for his second double-double this season and his eighth at Penn; his previous career highs were 21 points and 11 rebounds.
*Nelson-Henry’s 31 points were the most by a Penn player since Tony Hicks had 31 in last year’s season opener, and his rebound total was the most by a player since Jack Eggleston had 15 against Saint Joseph’s in 2011.
*Nelson-Henry hit 14 field goals, the most by a Penn player since Hassan Duncombe made 15 against Colgate on Jan. 20, 1990.