GAME 9 - PENN (4-4) at VILLANOVA (4-2)
The Pavilion (Villanova, Pa.)
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: ESPN3.com (Scott Graham, John Celestand)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Villanova Game Notes (PDF)
The Penn-Villanova Series
*The Quakers and the Wildcats are meeting for the 59th time, with Villanova holding a 40-18 lead in the series.
*Villanova has won eight in a row in the series, including a 65-53 decision last year at The Palestra. Corey Stokes scored 34 points to lead VU, while Zack Rosen dropped 30 and Miles Cartwright had 20 for Penn.
*Penn's last win against Villanova came on Dec. 10, 2002 (72-56), and the Quakers also won the year before on Dec. 5, 2001 (75-74 in OT).
The Wildcats are 4-2 on the young season, and enter their tilt with Penn on a two-game losing streak (80-68 to Saint Louis, 65-64 to Santa Clara). Maalik Wayns has led the 'Cats so far; the junior guard is averaging 20.0 points per game and has a team-leading 28 assists. Mouphtaou Yarou is averaging 15.2 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds per game, while Dominic Cheek (13.8 ppg) and James Bell (10.0 ppg) are averaging double figures in the scoring column.
Record Book Watch
*Senior guard Zack Rosen has 1,292 career points, tied with Joe Sturgis for 15th place all-time at Penn (Tyrone Pitts is 14th, with 1,301); senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,179 points, tied with Paul Romanczuk for 26th all-time (Jeff Neuman is 25th with 1,187 points, and Matt Langel is 24th with 1,191).
*Rosen has 45 assists this season, giving him 460 for his career which is third all-time at Penn, behind only Jerome Allen (505) and Michael Jordan (469).
*Rosen has played 3,253 career minutes which is sixth all-time.
*Rosen has 178 career three-point field goals which is seventh all-time; he needs one more to pass his head coach, Jerome Allen, and move into sixth place. Bernardini, meanwhile, has 152 treys which is 10th; he needs one to move ahead of Jed Ryan into ninth place.
*Rosen has 342 career foul shots made which is eighth all-time.
The NCAA released its first statistical update on Monday night, and senior guard Zack Rosen was splattered all over the pages. He entered the week third nationally in three-point field goals made (3.9); fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.600); 12th in points per game (21.6); and 36th in assists per game (5.7).
Quaker Notemeal vs. Manhattan
*For the first time this season, and just the second time in the Jerome Allen coaching era, the Quakers had five different players score in double figures.
*Penn tied a season high with 17 assists (originally set in the Quakers' previous game), and also set a season low with eight turnovers.
*Penn got 27 points from its bench, a season high; after getting 45 bench points in the first six games combined, the Quakers have 49 bench points in the last two contests.
*Senior guard Zack Rosen scored 20 points, his fifth game with 20 or more points this season and the 19th such game of his career; he is the only Penn player to score in double figures in all eight of Penn's games this season.
*Rosen went 5-of-5 at the foul line and has now hit 19 free throws in a row over the last four games.
*Senior Rob Belcore set season highs with 10 points and five assists; it was Belcore's first double-figure scoring game since March 5, 2010.
*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored all of his 12 points in the game in the second half.
*Sophomore forward Marin Kukoc had career highs in points (11), rebounds (4), assists (3), blocked shots (2), and minutes (33); prior to Tuesday night's game, Kukoc had scored 11 points this season.
*Kukoc and Belcore became the sixth and seventh different Penn players to have a double-figure scoring game this season.
*Freshman guard Patrick Lucas-Perry scored his first collegiate points.
*Sophomore center Cameron Gunter and freshman forward Henry Brooks made their first collegiate starts on Tuesday.