Men's Basketball Faces UMBC Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA -Following a disheartening loss at Lafayette Sunday afternoon, there is no rest for a road-weary Penn men's basketball team. The Quakers conclude a brutal stretch of four games in nine days with Wednesday night's 7:30 p.m. tipoff against UMBC at the Retrievers' RAC Arena. Something has got to give in this contest, as Penn enters thegame winless while UMBC has just one victory in 13 games.

GAME 11 - PENN (0-10) at UMBC (1-12)
Baltimore, Md. (RAC Arena)
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 * 7:30 p.m.
TV: None (video stream at UMBCretrievers.tv)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

UMBC Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. UMBC
The Quakers and the Retrievers are meeting for the first time in history in men's basketball.

Penn vs. America East
Penn is 5-2 all-time against teams that currently play in America East, losing to Albany earlier this season as well as last year.
Albany ... 0-2
Boston University ... 1-0
Hartford ... 2-0
New Hampshire ... 2-0

Change at the Top...
Wednesday night's game will mark Penn's fourth 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 one half of the Quakers' radio team, along with play-by-play man Brian Seltzer, but he will be on the bench for the rest of the 2009-10 season.

The Road Continues...
Penn concludes a five-game road trip Wednesday night; 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 playing the last of four road games in a nine-day stretch Wednesday night. The Quakers were at Davidson last Monday, at Duke last Thursday, at Lafayette on Sunday.

Quaker Notemeal...
* Sophomore Zack Rosen has scored in double figures in eight straight games (17.9 ppg) and is shooting 52.5 percent (21 of 40) from three-point land over Penn's last six contests.

* Rosen is 41 of 47 (87.2 percent) from the foul line since going 2-for-5 in the season opener; he enters Wednesday's game having hit 19 of his last 21 (90.5 percent).

* Junior Jack Eggleston has eight double-figure scoring games this season, and in the two games when he didn't reach double digits, he had nine points.

* Senior Darren Smith scored 10 points last Thursday at Duke, his only double-figure scoring game since he had 17 against Delaware on Nov. 21; that said, he is averaging 8.5 ppg the last six games (four eight-point games, a nine-point game, a 10-point game).

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

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

* After playing a combined 110 minutes in his first two seasons, junior Dan Monckton has already played 151 this season.

* After pulling a DNP-CD in four of the first five games this season, freshman Brian Fitzpatrick has played 71 minutes in the last five contests with 24 combined points and 12 rebounds.

* After missing Penn's first eight games this season, senior Justin Reilly played 14 minutes at Duke last week and had six points and two rebounds; he also played nine minutes at Lafayette.

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

Notemeal From Lafayette
Penn hit 10 three-point shots for the fourth time in the last eight games ... Penn outrebounded its opponent for the fourth time this season, and the margin (+6) tied for largest this season (also Dec. 12 at Monmouth) ... Penn shot a season-best 87.5 percent from the foul line, although only two Quakers got to the line (Rosen 10-12, Eggleston 4-4) ... Sophomore Zack Rosen scored a career-high 30 points, the first 30-point game by a Quaker since Ibrahim Jaaber had 32 against Seton Hall on Dec. 23, 2006 ... Rosen also knocked down six three-pointers, the most by a Penn player since Jaaber had six against Harvard on Feb. 24, 2006 ... Junior Jack Eggleston tied a career high with 19 points; he had previously done it two other times, including earlier this season against Delaware ... Eggleston also matched his season high with 11 rebounds -- he also did it against Drexel -- to collect his second double-double of the season and third of his collegiate career ... Sophomore Rob Belcore went scoreless for the first time this season but had a career-high eight rebounds ... Junior Dan Monckton set a career best with three steals.

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