PHILADELPHIA - After sweeping Brown and Yale on the road over the weekend, the young Quakers got a much-needed jolt of confidence heading into Tuesday night’s game, which provides the midway point of the Ivy League schedule for both of these historic rivals. Following this game, Penn is home for five of its last seven Ivy contests.
GAME 21 PENN (7-13, 3-3) at PRINCETON (9-10, 4-2)
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 * 7 p.m.
Jadwin Gym * Princeton, N.J.
TV: ESPNU Scott Graham, Tim O’Toole
RADIO: ESPN 950 AM - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran
Penn Game Notes (PDF)
Princeton Game Notes (PDF)
Penn is 7-0 when leading at the half this season, and 0-13 when trailing at the break.
Through 20 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 eight different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston, Votel, Rosen, Bernardini, Egee, Conor Turley, Rob Belcore and Cameron Lewis).
Rosen, a freshman, leads the Ivy League and is among the national leaders in assists per game (5.1) and assist/turnover ratio (2.22). In the last eight games, he has 47 assists and 17 turnovers (2.77 ratio).
Bernardini, a sophomore, has scored in double figures in the last five games (15.4 ppg), eight of the last nine contests, and a team-high 16 games overall. He has not had consecutive single-figure scoring games this season.
Gaines, a sophomore, has scored in double figures in the last three games (17.0 ppg) and seven of the last eight contests (12.5 ppg in that span).
Lewis, a senior, has hit double figures in three of the last five games and is averaging 8.2 ppg in that span; he has shot 60 percent from the field in the five contests (18 of 30).
Eggleston, a sophomore, has snared at least six rebounds in seven of the last nine games.
Penn vs. Princeton
Tuesday’s meeting between the Quakers and the Tigers will be the 219th in this historic rivalry; Penn owns a 121-97 lead in the series.
Penn has won four in a row over Princeton, seven of the last eight, and 12 of the last 14 matchups; last year, the Quakers swept the Tigers (70-65 in Philadelphia, 60-47 here at Jadwin Gym).
This season marks the first time since 2003-04 that the first game in the home-and-home between these Ivy travel partners has taken place at Princeton.
Not Lovin’ That Ivy Schedule...
With its first matchup against Princeton being on the road this year, Penn will have played five of its first seven Ivy League games away from The Palestra.
The ten non-Ivy League teams Penn lost to this season entered the week a combined 164-84, a 66.1 winning percentage; all but one of them have winning records, and the 10th Albany -- is at .500 (UNC 23-2, Drexel 14-10, Penn State 18-8, Albany 13-13, Villanova 20-5, Navy 17-8, UCF 16-9, Temple 15-9, La Salle 14-10, Saint Joe’s 14-10).
Notemeal From at Yale...
Penn swept the Brown/Yale road trip for the first time since 2005-06 and just the second time since 2002-03.
Penn never trailed or was tied in the game, but the Quakers’ largest lead was 10 points (that occured in the first half).
Yale took just five three-point shots, an opponent low in the Glen Miller coaching era at Penn, and matched an opponent low by making just two of them.
Penn shot 6-of-12 from three-point land, making the Quakers 14 of 27 for the weekend.
Notemeal From at Brown...
Penn had a 53-point swing from last year’s game at Brown (a 75-43 loss) to this year’s (a 73-52 win).
Senior Kevin Egee led Penn with seven rebounds, becoming the eighth different Quaker player to lead the team in rebounding in a game this season.
Senior Cameron Lewis scored 10 points, the second time in his career he had back-to-back double-figure scoring games (the other came last year against Miami and NJIT).
Lewis was in the starting lineup for the first time since this year’s season opener.
Sophomore Jack Eggleston scored 13 points, his first double-figure scoring game in the last four outings.
Eggleston also had six rebounds, the sixth time in the last eight contests he has had that many boards.
Freshman Zack Rosen had six assists without a turnover.
Download: Princeton MBB Notes vs Penn.pdf