Men's Basketball Closes Non-Conference Season Monday

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team plays its final non-conference game of the 2009-10 season Monday night, hosting Saint Joseph's at The Palestra in a game that also closes the Quakers' Big 5 campaign.

GAME 12 - PENN (1-12) vs. SAINT JOSEPH'S (7-11)
Philadelphia, (The Palestra)
Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: The Comcast Network (Scott Graham, Rob Kennedy)
Radio: The Fanatic 97.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

SJU Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Saint Joseph's
* The Quakers and the Hawks have met 77 times previously on the hardwood, with Saint Joseph's holding a 45-32 advantage.

* The Hawks have been bolstered in their edge by the last several years; overall, SJU enters tonight's game having won four in a row over Penn including an 80-68 decision last year.

* Penn's last win in this city rivalry came Jan. 25, 2005, a 67-59 decision.

* In last year's game, Penn spent most of the second half playing catch-up and eventually grabbed the lead with 7:37 left in the contest. However, Saint Joseph's scored five points in a matter of seconds on the way to a nine-point knockout blow. Ahmad Nivins led all scorers with 20 points, while Tasheed Carr had 15. For Penn, Tyler Bernardini scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Penn vs. The Atlantic 10
Following losses the last two weeks to Temple (60-45) and La Salle (76-57), Penn enters Monday's game with a 105-130 all-time record against schools that currently compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference...
Dayton ... 0-1
Duquesne ... 4-1
Fordham ... 2-6
George Washington ... 0-1
La Salle ... 38-25
Massachusetts ... 1-3
Rhode Island ... 1-1
Richmond ... 3-2
St. Bonaventure ... 1-2
Saint Joseph's ... 32-45
Saint Louis ... 0-1
Temple ... 22-43

Change at the Top...
Tonight's game will be Penn's seventh under interim head coach Jerome Allen, who took over for Glen Miller following Penn's loss at Monmouth on December 12. One of Penn's all-time great players and a Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee a year ago, Allen led the Quakers to three consecutive undefeated Ivy League seasons from 1993-95 before enjoying a pro career that spanned the NBA and Europe, ending last year when he retired from Snaidero Basket (in Italy's Serie A). A two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, Allen scored 1,518 career points and ended his career as the program's all-time leader in assists and steals. This was his first season as an assistant coach with the Quakers.

Allen, in turn, has added Vince Curran (Penn '92) as an assistant coach. Curran is known to Penn fans as the radio analyst of the Quakers, but will be on the bench for the rest of the season.

Home at Last...For Now
After going 36 days without playing a home game, the Quakers are playing their third in a row at The Palestra tonight. However, following this game Penn is on the road for the next two weekends, opening the Ivy League campaign with four away games. Penn fans can take heart, though, in knowing that the last time that happened, the Quakers won the title (2006-07).

Did You Know?
Sophomore guard Zack Rosen has been asked to shoulder more of the scoring load with Penn's myriad injuries, and responded by leading the Quakers in scoring in three of the last four games, five of the last seven, and eight of the last 11 contests.

Quaker Notemeal...
* Penn has knocked down at least 10 three-pointers in five separate games this season; last Wednesday against La Salle, the Quakers had seven treys.

* Penn had shot better than 80 percent at the foul line for four straight games -- including a perfect 6-of-6 performance vs. Temple -- before going 12-of-18 (66.7) against La Salle.

* Penn has a 0.90 assist-to-turnover ratio this season, but in the last three games the Quakers' ratio is 1.18 (47/40).

* Sophomore Zack Rosen has scored in double figures in 11 straight games (19.1 ppg) and is shooting 49.2 percent (31 of 63) from three-point land over Penn's last nine contests.

* Rosen went 2-of-5 from the foul line in Penn's first game this season, and 6-of-9 last Wednesday; in the 11 games between that, he went 54 of 60 (90 percent) and never missed more than two in a game. Rosen's first miss against La Salle snapped a streak of 16 straight made FTs.

* Junior Jack Eggleston has scored in double figures in nine of Penn's 13 games this season -- he also has two nine-point outings -- and snared 34 combined rebounds in the last four games (8.5).

* Senior Darren Smith has struggled the last two games, scoring a combined eight points and making two three-pointers; prior to that, he had notable streaks of consecutive games with at least eight points (7) and consecutive games with at least two three-pointers (6).

* Junior Dan Monckton has scored 27 points in the last three games; prior to that he had scored 27 for the season. Prior to that, he scored 20 in his first two years with the Penn program.

* Junior Conor Turley has started each of the last six contests at center for Penn; he had a career-high 13 points and season-high seven rebounds at UMBC.

The Injury Report...
Preseason projected starters Tyler Bernardini (foot) and Andreas Schreiber (shoulder) have missed the last 11 games and are done for the season ... Sophomore Larry Loughery (hip) has missed the last 10 games and is done for the season ... Sophomore Mike Howlett (foot), who started four games after Schreiber went down, has missed the last six contests; his return is undetermined ... Freshman Sean Mullan (thumb) has missed the last four games; his return is undetermined.

Notemeal From La Salle...
* Penn fell to 0-3 in Big 5 play this season.

* Penn tied a program low in the post-Dunphy era with 21 rebounds.

* Penn's bench outscored La Salle's, 10-4, the second straight game the Quaker bench has outscored the opponent's.

* Sophomore Zack Rosen was Penn's only player in double figures, with 29 points; he has scored at least 28 points in three of the Quakers' last four games (30 at Lafayette, 28 at UMBC, 29 vs. La Salle).

* Rosen hit five three-pointers, the fourth time in nine games he has done that.

* Junior Jack Eggleston led Penn with five rebounds, the sixth time he has topped the team in that category in a game this season.

* Senior Justin Reilly tied a season/career high with two assists and matched a season best with three rebounds.

* Junior Conor Turley had two assists, the fourth time he has done that this season.

* Senior Drew Godwin, who was called up from the JV team earlier this season, made his first varsity appearance in the game's final minute.

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