Men's Basketball at Rider Thursday

PHILADELPHIA - Penn suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss Monday night to Temple in its Big 5 opener, but there is no rest of the weary. The Quakers jump into the Philly Hoop Group Classic twice in three days, traveling to Rider Thursday before hosting Robert Morris on Saturday. The Broncs are already 0-1 in Hoop Group action.

GAME 3 - PENN (1-1) at RIDER (0-3)
Alumni Gym (Lawrenceville, N.J.)
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: BroncVision/MAAC.tv (there is a charge)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)/ Rider Game Notes (PDF)

The Philly Hoop Group Classic
The Penn-Rider game is part of the fifth annual Philly Hoop Group Classic, an NCAA exempt event that features six teams and gives every team four games. Besides Penn and Rider, the other teams in the field are James Madison, La Salle, Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris. For Penn, the event will conclude with three straight games at The Palestra; the first coming this Saturday against Robert Morris at 7 p.m. Next weekend, Penn will play Big East power Pittsburgh to conclude a tripleheader at The Palestra at 7 p.m., and on Saturday the 26th the Quakers and James Madison conclude a Palestra doubleheader at 7 p.m. This is Penn's second time in the Hoop Group Classic.

The Penn-Rider Series
The Quakers and Broncs have met two times before; they came on consecutive seasons, almost exactly a year apart from each other. On Jan. 10, 2004, Rider defeated Penn, 77-72, in overtime in New Jersey. On Jan. 12, 2005, the Broncs again won in OT, this time 74-68 at The Palestra.

About Rider
Rider played Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. as part of ESPN's 24-Hour Tipoff Marathon, losing to Drexel 80-62. (Penn fans may remember the Quakers playing Drexel as part of the Marathon in 2008-09.) Novar Gadson had 14 points, while Daniel Stewart had a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). The Broncs are 0-3 for the first time in 15 years, having also lost on the road to Pitt (86-78) and Robert Morris (83-57). Anthony Myles (17.7 ppg) leads Rider in scoring, followed by Gadson (12.7), Stewart (11.7), and Jeff Jones (11.0).

Rosen Honored by Ivy League
Senior guard Zack Rosen was named Co-Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday along with Yale's Greg Mangano. Rosen was honored after his 26-point performance in Friday's season-opening, 59-45 win at UMBC. This is the second time Rosen has been given a weekly award by the Ivy League office during his career.

Eight is Enough!
Penn is playing eight games in the month of November. In an informal survey of the NCAA's 338 Division I programs, the Quakers join a fairly exclusive group in that category. The other schools playing at least eight in November: Austin Peay, Bucknell, Duke, Eastern Kentucky, Navy, Minnesota, Penn, Penn State, Purdue, San Diego State, TCU, UT-Martin, Tulane, Tulsa, UNLV, Wyoming

Quaker Notemeal vs. Temple
*The Nov. 14 meeting was the earliest Big 5 game in history, going by the calendar. The previous early date was Nov. 16, when Penn and Villanova met on that date in 2009.

*It was Penn's 88th overtime game in program history; the Quakers fell to 43-45 in such contests. In Big 5 games, Penn is 6-6 when the game goes to overtime.

*Senior guard Zack Rosen scored 27 points, three shy of a career high and giving him 53 in Penn's first two games; it was his 62nd double-figure scoring performance at Penn and his 16th game with 20 or more points.

*Rosen drained seven three-point baskets, the most by a Penn player since Tim Begley hit eight on Dec. 4, 2004. Coincidentally, Begley's performance also came against a Big 5 opponent -- La Salle.

*Sophomore forward Fran Dougherty had his first double-figure scoring game wearing the Red and Blue, going for 10. He also grabbed six rebounds and matched his career best with three blocked shots.

*Sophomore guard Miles Cartwright led Penn with seven rebounds, a career best.

*Senior Mike Howlett was perfect shooting (3-3 FG) for his seven points; in fact, he is perfect so far on the season (5-5 FG, 3-3 FT).

*Two players made their collegiate debuts in the contest, freshmen Simeon Esprit and Henry Brooks. The appearance of Brooks was particularly noteworthy, as he injured his ACL during his high school playoffs last March.

Quaker Notemeal at UMBC
*Penn won its season opener for the second year in a row; the last time that happened was 2004-05 and 2005-06.

*The 45 points scored by UMBC were the fewest by a Penn opponent since NJIT scored 40 on Jan. 17, 2009.

*Penn held UMBC without a three-point basket (0-11); the last time a Penn opponent did not hit a trey was Drexel on Nov. 24, 2009.

*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored 10 points for his 57th career double-digit performance, and had team highs with six rebounds and four assists.

*Three players made their collegiate debuts: sophomore Marin Kukoc, who missed all of 2010-11 to injury, as well as freshmen Camryn Crocker and Patrick Lucas-Perry.

Download: 3-@Rider.pdf