GAME 2 - PENN (1-0) at MANHATTAN (1-0)
Riverdale, N.Y. (Draddy Gymnasium)
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 * 7 p.m.
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Manhattan Game Notes (PDF)
Penn vs. Manhattan
* Penn holds a 6-2 advantage in the series.
* This is the first meeting between the Quakers and Jaspers since Dec. 29, 2003, a 49-47 Penn win at the ECAC Holiday Festival in New York City's Madison Square Garden.
* In fact, the last three meetings have been on a neutral court -- in 1982 these teams met in the Music City Classic in Nashville, and in 1976 they played in the Holiday Festival.
* Penn's last appearance at Manhattan came on Dec. 9, 1971 and was an 87-66 win. The only other visit? Try Feb. 10, 1905, a 29-26 Quakers victory.
The Jaspers opened the 2010-11 season the way fifth-year coach Barry Rohrssen had envisioned, with a win and key contributions from both his veterans and newcomers alike. Behind 19 points and five rebounds from senior forward Andrew Gabriel and a stellar 23-point debut by freshman guard Michael Alvarado, the Jaspers defeated NJIT on Saturday, 75-70. With almost an entirely new team on paper from the one which defeated NJIT 70-58 last season, Manhattan faced a much tougher dynamic in opposing a veteran-laden NJIT team that is the preseason Great West Conference favorite this year.
Freshman Miles Cartwright made quite an impression in his debut wearing a Red and Blue uniform Saturday, setting a Penn freshman record by scoring 18 points in a season opener. The last Penn player to score at least 18 points in his debut was Matt Maloney, who opened his Penn career with 22 points against Virginia on Dec. 1, 1992 as a sophomore after transferring from Vanderbilt. The last time a freshman led Penn in scoring in a season opener was Nov. 11, 1999, when Ugonna Onyekwe scored 14 points in the Quakers' 67-50 loss at Kentucky (he tied for team-high honors with Matt Langel). Perhaps most impressive about Cartwright's night? All of his 18 points came in the first half, when he came on in relief of Zack Rosen, who was plagued by early foul trouble. Not surprisingly, Cartwright was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday.
Quaker Notemeal From Davidson...
* The win was Penn's first in a season opener since 2005-06 (82-77 over Siena).
* Senior Jack Eggleston had his seventh collegiate double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. All of his 11 boards came on the defensive glass, and his 15-point effort was his 44th career double-figure scoring game.
* Eggleston, who played the entire game, also established a career high with four blocked shots.
* Junior Zack Rosen scored 16 points (13 in the second half), his 39th career double-digit scoring effort and 15th in a row dating back to last season. Rosen has scored 10 or more points in 26 of Penn's last 27 games.
* In his first action since last year's second game at Villanova, senior Tyler Bernardini had seven points (six in the first half) and three rebounds in 22 minutes.
* Another senior who missed much of last year, Andreas Schreiber, got the start at center and played 10 minutes with two points and three boards.
* Senior Dan Monckton, juniors Mike Howlett and Larry Loughery, and freshman Marin Kukoc did not dress due to injury. Monckton averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year -- numbers that jumped to 9.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg in Ivy League play -- while Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.