Men's Basketball Closes 2009-10 at Princeton

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team closes out what has been a difficult and trying 2009-10 campaign Tuesday night, traveling just up the road a bit to take on archrival Princeton in the Ivy League's traditional season-closing contest. A reminder that the start time for Tuesday's game has been pushed back an hour, to 8 p.m.

For the Quakers, a win on Tuesday night would certainly put a nice cap on this season. That would put Penn at 7-21 overall but the Red and Blue would be 6-8 in the Ivy League, which would tie them for fourth place in the Ivy League with Yale. It would also close the Quakers' campaign with a two-game win streak on the heels of a near-miss against a Harvard team that won 21 games this season and finished 10-4 in the Ivy League.

On the other side, Princeton is looking to lock up second place alone -- the Tigers beat Harvard Saturday night to guarantee at least a tie for second -- and also become the third Ivy team this season to win 20 games overall (Cornell and Harvard have already done it). And while an NCAA berth is out of the cards for the Tigers, there are other postseason tournaments whose fields they can certainly make a case to be in.

GAME 28 - PENN (6-21, 5-8) at PRINCETON (19-8, 10-3)
Princeton, N.J. (Jadwin Gym)
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 * 8 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM / Sirius Satellite 130 (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Princeton
* Long the dominant programs in the Ivy League, the Quakers and Tigers have met 221 times previously on the hardwood -- in fact, Penn has not faced any other team more than Princeton. Penn leads the all-time series, 122-99.

* Earlier this season, Dan Mavraides scored 24 points to lead Princeton to a 58-51 win over Penn at The Palestra. Ian Hummer pitched in with 14 points and a team-high six rebounds for the Tigers, who never trailed in the game. For the Quakers, Zack Rosen scored 15 points and Jack Eggleston had 14. Rob Belcore had nine points and six boards.

* To give you a sense of how close this rivalry has been in recent years, Penn has won eight of the last 12 games over Princeton but the teams have played four overtime contests during that time (each team winning twice).

* The 2000s were certainly kind to Penn in this rivalry -- the Quakers won 15 of the 20 matchups from 2000 to 2009.

* In addition, Penn has won the first meeting between these two programs every year since 2002, a span of eight seasons. Five of the eight were played here at The Palestra.

* Last year, Penn needed extra time to defeat Princeton in New Jersey, taking a 62-55 decision; in the rematch at The Palestra, the Tigers avenged that loss with a 59-56 victory.

Quite A Coaching Matchup
Tonight's coaches provide a delicious matchup for longtime Penn and Princeton fans. Jerome Allen, of course, was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year (in 1993 and 1994) and led his team to 49 straight Ivy wins from 1992-95. Princeton's Sydney Johnson, meanwhile, was the 1997 Ivy League Player of the Year and a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection, and led the Tigers to an undefeated Ivy campaign his senior season. He was also on the 1995-96 Princeton team that tied Penn for the Ivy title (both went 12-2), then defeated the Quakers in a one-game playoff before knocking off UCLA in the NCAA Tournament first round.

Quaker Notemeal
*Sophomore guard Zack Rosen -- who leads the Ivy League in scoring both overall (17.8) and in conference games (19.2) -- has scored in double figures in 13 straight games and 24 of Penn's last 25 outings; the last Quaker to have at least 13 double-figure games in a row was Ibrahim Jaaber, who began the 2005-06 season with 15 such contests.

*With 119 assists this season, Rosen is the first player at Penn to record more than 100 assists each of his first two seasons wearing the Red and Blue. (The assist statistic has officially been kept on an individual basis since 1978-79)

*Rosen has made 70 three-point shots this season, the most by a Penn player since Tim Begley drained 76 in 2004-05, and Rosen's 137 made free throws are the most by a Quaker since Paul Romanczuk made 151 in 1997-98.

*Junior forward Jack Eggleston has scored in double figures in 11 of Penn's last 14 games, and collected his fifth double-double of 2009-10 Saturday against Dartmouth (career-high 25 points, 11 rebounds).

*Junior Dan Monckton has scored in double figures in four of the last five games (13.0 ppg in that span) including back-to-back 14-point games against Harvard and Dartmouth. He was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field against the Crimson, including two three-pointers.

*After scoring 27 points in Penn's first 10 games this season -- and a combined 20 in his first two seasons before that -- Monckton has scored 159 in the Quakers' last 17 contests; he has hit double figures in the scoring column nine times during this latest stretch.

*Sophomore Rob Belcore scored a career-high 17 points Friday against Harvard, draining five three-pointers.

*Sophomore Mike Howlett had 10 points Saturday night against Dartmouth, his first double-figure scoring game since Feb. 13 (14 vs. Columbia).

*Freshman Sean Mullan scored his first five collegiate points over the weekend, dropping four against Harvard and hitting a foul shot against Dartmouth.

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