PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team fell in its season opener on Saturday, but there is little time for reflection as the Quakers host Rider Tuesday night at The Palestra. This is the second of three home game the Red and Blue are playing at home to open the campaign.
GAME 2 – PENN (0-1) vs. RIDER (0-1)
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 * 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
The Series with Rider
*The Broncs lead the series, 3-1, including an 89-88 win last year in Lawrenceville, N.J. In that game, Penn was down by a point at halftime; held a 14-point lead with 7:17 left in the second half; then was outscored 24-9 the rest of the way.
*The irony of last year’s game is that it is the closest result these two teams have had in their four games, yet it’s the only one of the four that did not need overtime. The OT games came in 2004 (77-72 Rider win); 2005 (74-68 Rider win); and 2011 (78-72 Penn win).
*This is just Rider’s second trip to The Palestra to face Penn; the first came January 12, 2005.
Home is Where the Wins Are
Penn entered the 2014-15 season with 809 wins at The Palestra, which opened in 1927. In an informal survey of the other NCAA Division I programs, only Washington (946 wins at Hec Edmundson Pavilion) and Butler (834 wins at Hinkle Fieldhouse) boast more wins in their current home than the Quakers. The Edmundson Pavilion was opened in 1927, while the Bulldogs opened Hinkle in 1928.
Penn picked up a pair of honors following the first weekend of game action. Junior guard Tony Hicks was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week after his 31-point performance Saturday against Delaware State, while freshman guard Antonio Woods was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring 11 points Saturday.
The Quaker Notemeal from Delaware State
*This marked just the fourth time in program history that Penn’s season-opening game went to overtime; the other seasons when that happened were 1928-29; 1988-89; and 2007-08.
*Penn is now 3-8 in overtime games under head coach Jerome Allen.
*Junior Tony Hicks scored 31 points to lead the Quakers, his second career 30-point game, and tied a career best with five three-point baskets.
*Hicks took 12 three-point shots, tying a Penn player high in the Jerome Allen coaching era.
*Hicks also took 13 foul shots on Saturday, the most by a Penn player since Zack Rosen took 15 against Delaware on December 22, 2010.
*In his collegiate debut, freshman Antonio Woods was the only other Penn player to score in double figures (11 points).
*Woods was one of four freshmen to see action on Saturday; the others were Darnell Foreman, who started; Mike Auger; and Sam Jones. The quartet played 102 of Penn’s 225 minutes in the game. (Woods 36, Foreman 28, Auger 19, Jones 19)
*Sophomore Matt Howard scored nine points, a career high.
*In his first game since January 4, senior Greg Louis started and had five points and six rebounds in 29 minutes.