Men's Basketball Back At It With Navy

PHILADELPHIA - Penn had the Thanksgiving weekend off, but that may not have been a good thing. Instead, the Quakers have had a full 10 days to ponder a disheartening four-game start to the season. The team spent that time working out the kinks, and arrives at Navy's Alumni Hall hoping that the hard work will result in its first win of the 2009-10 season.

GAME 5 - PENN (0-4) at NAVY (3-4)
Annapolis, Md. (Alumni Hall)
Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 * 7 p.m.
TV: CBS College Sports (Tom McCarthy, Pete Gillen)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Navy Game Notes (PDF)

Military Weekend
This is quite the military weekend for Penn's athletic teams. The men's basketball team, of course, is at Navy Friday, and they will be followed by Penn's women's team which is in Annapolis Sunday afternoon to take on the Navy women. Also on Friday, however, the Ivy League champion Penn women's volleyball team is taking on Army in the first round of the NCAA Championship. That match is being played at State College, Pa., where Penn State is hosting one of 16 regionals nationwide this weekend.

Penn vs. Navy
*The Quakers and the Midshipmen are meeting for the 81st time in men's basketball; Penn holds a 57-23 lead in the series.

*Penn has played (80) and beaten (57) Navy more than any other non-Ivy League team in its history. That includes even the other Philadelphia Big 5 schools. (Among Big 5 teams, Penn has played Saint Joseph's 77 times and beaten La Salle 38 times)

*Navy defeated Penn last year, 76-65, snapping a seven-game win streak the Quakers had over the Middies that dated back to the 1989-90 season. Taking it even further, Penn has won 10 of its last 12 meetings with Navy, 17 of the last 20, and 25 of the last 29.

*The last time these teams met in Annapolis was Dec. 7, 2006. That game was also televised live on CBS College Sports and was won by Penn, 79-58.

Penn vs. the Patriot League
Penn has had great success against the schools that currently make up the Patriot League, going 157-48 all-time. Penn boasts more wins against PL schools than any other conference in the nation. (The Quakers have 105 wins against current Atlantic 10 schools)
American ... 6-0
Army ... 20-12
Bucknell ... 4-1
Colgate ... 7-1
Holy Cross ... 3-3
Lafayette ... 38-4
Lehigh ... 22-4
Navy ... 57-23

Quaker Notemeal From Drexel...
*Penn shot a season-best 78.9 percent from the foul line (15 of 19).

*Penn outrebounded its opponent for the second straight game.

*Drexel's 58 points were the fewest allowed by Penn so far this season.

*Drexel did not hit a three-pointer in the game (0 for 11), marking the first time in a span of 520 games -- dating back to 1992 -- that the Dragons did not hit a trey in a game.

*Unfortunately, Penn also went without a three-point basket for the second time in the Glen Miller coaching era (0 for 8); the other time was Feb. 2, 2008 against Dartmouth.

*According to Stats, Inc., the last time two NCAA Division I teams combined on an oh-fer from beyond the arc was February 9, 2002, when Charleston Southern and Elon went a combined 0-for-18 in a 61-52 Charleston win.

*Sophomore Mike Howlett recorded his second double-double in as many games, with 10 points and 13 rebounds; he has 34 boards in the last three games and has led the Quakers in that category in all three.

*Junior Jack Eggleston had his second collegiate double-double, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. His first came in the 2008-09 season opener, when he had 11 points and 12 boards at No. 1 North Carolina.

*Sophomore Zack Rosen led Penn in scoring for the second straight game, with 13 points; he currently leads the Quakers with a 13.3 ppg average.

*Sophomore Rob Belcore started for the second game in a row and had a season-high four assists, tying Rosen for game-high honors.

*After scoring 21 and 17 points against Villanova and Delaware, senior Darren Smith was held to four points vs. Drexel; he missed both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons after fracturing his kneecap in the 2007-08 season opener against, yup, Drexel.

*Penn played for the second straight game without starters Tyler Bernardini and Andreas Schreiber, due to injury.

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