Men's Basketball Faces Lafayette Sunday

PHILADELPHIA - Boy, are the members of the Penn men's basketball program glad to see the 2009 calendar year gone. With the calendar now reading 2010, the Quakers' resolution? Win a game. Penn has not done it yet this season. The first opportunity comes Sunday afternoon with a familiar non-conference opponent to Penn fans, Lafayette out of the Patriot League.

GAME 10 - PENN (0-9) at LAFAYETTE (7-6)
Easton, Pa. (Kirby Sports Center)
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 * 1 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Mike Mahoney)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Lafayette
*The Quakers have dominated the Leopards over the years, with a 38-4 lead in the regional series.

*These teams have played each other every year since 1985-86 with one exception (1987-88).

*Penn won last year's game at The Palestra, 84-70, placing five different players in double figures in the scoring column.

*Lafayette won the last meeting here in Easton, 81-69, on Nov. 28, 2007. Prior to that, Penn had won nine in a row over the Leopards.

Penn vs. The Patriot League
Penn has dominated the Patriot League through the years, holding a 157-48 record against the players who currently comprise the conference. However, after winning 23 in a row against PL teams, the Quakers have lost three of their last four meetings against Patriot opponents (including a 73-67 loss at Navy earlier this season).
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

Change At the Top...
Today's game will mark Penn's third game 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 careerthat spanned the NBA and Europe, ending last year when he retiredfrom Snaidero Basket (inItaly'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 the rest of the season.

The Road Continues...
Penn is in the midst of a five-game road trip; in fact, it will be 36 days between home games for the Quakers. Penn's last game at The Palestra was Dec. 8 (a 78-60 loss to Albany), and the next home game will be the Red and Blue's Philadelphia Big 5 matchup with No. 19 Temple (Jan. 13).

Busy Holiday
After taking a 16-day break between games -- thanks to a combination of the University's fall exam period and the holidays -- Penn is in the midst of playing four road games in a nine-day stretch. The Quakers were at Davidson last Monday, at Duke Thursday, at Lafayette Sunday, and at UMBC this Wednesday night.

Quaker Notemeal...
*Sophomore Zack Rosen has scored in double figures in seven straight games (16.1 ppg) and is shooting 53.5 percent (15 of 28) from three-point land over Penn's last five contests.

*Rosen is 31 of 35 (88.6 percent) from the foul line since going 2-for-5 in the season opener; he enters Sunday's game having hit nine in a row.

*Junior Jack Eggleston has seven double-figure scoring games this season, including a team-high 13 points Thursday at Duke. In the two games when he didn't reach double digits, he scored nine points.

*Eggleston also had his second collegiate double-double on Nov. 24 against Drexel (10 points, 11 rebounds).

*Senior Darren Smith scored 10 points Thursday at Duke, his first double-figure scoring game since he had 17 against Delaware on Nov. 21; that said, he is averaging 8.6 ppg the last five games (three eight-point games, a nine-point game, a 10-point game).

*Smith has hit two three-pointers in each of the last four games.

*Junior Conor Turley has started each of the last two contests at center for Penn.

*After playing a combined 110 minutes in his first two seasons, junior Dan Monckton has already played 131 this season.

*After pulling a DNP-CD in four of the first five games this season, freshman Brian Fitzpatrick has played 66 minutes in the last four contests with 24 combined points and 11 rebounds.

*After missing Penn's first eight games this season, senior Justin Reilly saw his first game action of 2009-10 Thursday at Duke. He played 14 minutes and recorded six points and two rebounds.

*Penn has missed the following regulars to injury this season: Tyler Bernardini (last seven games), Andreas Schreiber (last seven), Larry Loughery (last five), Mike Howlett (last two).

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