Men's Basketball Closes Home Campaign With Harvard, Dartmouth

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team closes out the home portion of its 2009-10 season this weekend, hosting Harvard Friday night and Dartmouth Saturday night. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m.

The Quakers will bid farewell to a pair of outgoing seniors, Justin Reilly and Drew Godwin. Reilly has a been a four-year member of the program, though he has endured an injury-plagued career. Godwin was called up from the JV program earlier this year and has appeared in nine games since his promotion.

Harvard comes into Friday's game still looking to gain a share of Ivy League title. The Crimson need help, though, as they are two games behind Cornell with two to play. Cornell is at Brown and Yale this weekend. Dartmouth will finish in the Ivy League cellar this season; Saturday night's game will be the Big Green's final game this season.

GAME 26 - PENN (5-20, 4-7) vs. HARVARD (20-6, 9-3)
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
Friday, March 5, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM / Sirius Satellite 130 (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

GAME 27 - PENN vs. DARTMOUTH (5-21, 1-11)
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
Saturday, March 6, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Harvard
* The Quakers and the Crimson have met 157 times previously, with Penn holding a dominant 127-30 lead in the series.

* How dominant is the series lead? Consider that Harvard is looking for its third win in a row over Penn tonight, and if it happens that will be a first since the Crimson won both meetings in the years 1941 and 1942.

* Harvard gained an 80-66 win a month ago in Cambridge, led by Jeremy Lin who filled the box score with 19 points, six assists, five steals and three blocked shots. He led four Crimson in double-digit scoring. For Penn, Zack Rosen and Dan Monckton had 19 points apiece -- Monckton also had eight boards -- while Jack Eggleston had 13 points.

* These teams split a year ago, coincidentally playing a pair of 66-60 games in which the road team was victorious each time. Penn and Harvard also split in 2007-08, with the Quakers winning 73-69 at home and the Crimson winning 89-79 in Cambridge.

Penn vs. Dartmouth
* The Quakers and the Big Green have met 19 times previously on the hardwood, with Penn holding a decisive 142-56 advantage.

* Penn eked out a 53-51 victory a month ago in Hanover, thanks to 16 points from Rosen and 11 from Conor Turley (who went a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line). For Dartmouth, Ronnie Dixon had 17 points, four rebounds and three assists, while David Rufful also scored 17 points.

* Last year was certainly historic in this series, as Dartmouth swept Penn, winning 63-60 in Hanover and then 69-59 at The Palestra in Philadelphia. It marked the first time the Big Green had swept the Quakers in a season since 1959.

* Prior to last year's sweep, Penn had won 23 in a row over Dartmouth.

Around The League This Weekend
While Penn and Princeton (8-3) still have to play each other on Tuesday, the rest of the Ivy League finishes the regular season this weekend. Cornell (11-1) is in the driver's seat, having already clinched a share of the Ivy League title with its win last Saturday against Penn. Up two with two to play, the Big Red can clinch the conference's NCAA automatic bid with a win Friday night at Brown (5-7) or Saturday at Yale (5-7). Columbia (4-8) reverses that trip, playing the Bulldogs Friday in New Haven and the Bears Saturday in Providence.

Quaker Notemeal
* The men's basketball program will honor outgoing seniors Justin Reilly and Drew Godwin prior to Saturday night's game, as they play their final home games wearing the Red and Blue.

* 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 11 straight games and 22 of Penn's last 23 outings; the last Quaker to have more than 11 double-figure games in a row was Ibrahim Jaaber, who began the 2005-06 season with 15 such contests.

* With 107 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 63 three-point shots this season, the most by a Penn player since Tim Begley drained 76 in 2004-05, and Rosen's 131 made free throws are the most by a Quaker since Paul Romanczuk made 151 in 1997-98.

* Rosen enters the weekend having hit 18 foul shots in a row.

* Junior forward Jack Eggleston has scored in double figures in 10 of Penn's last 12 games, and collected his fourth double-double of 2009-10 two weeks ago against Yale.

* Also in that Yale game, junior Dan Monckton posted his first double-double at Penn with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. The last time Penn had two players get a double-double in the same game was Jan. 14, 2004 (Mark Zoller 14/10, Adam Chubb 11/11 in a win vs. La Salle).

* 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 131 in the Quakers' last 15 contests; he has hit double figures in the scoring column seven times during this latest stretch.

* Sophomore Rob Belcore scored just three points last weekend at Columbia and Cornell, but he dished out nine assists on the weekend.

* After seeing limited time in Penn's games with Brown and Yale two weekends ago, sophomore center Mike Howlett played a combined 44 minutes at Columbia and Cornell last weekend. He recorded a combined 16 points and nine rebounds in those games.

The Injury Report...
Junior Conor Turley (fingers) has missed the last five games and is done for the season ... Preseason projected starters Tyler Bernardini (foot) and Andreas Schreiber (shoulder) have missed the last 23 games and are done for the season ... Sophomore Larry Loughery (hip) has missed the last 22 games and is done for the season.

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