PHILADELPHIA - Ayoung Penn men’s basketball team would like nothing more than to gain back some confidence that has been shaken by a slow start to the 2008-09 campaign. With a 24-day break looming in the schedule, the Quakers host a Navy team that is brimming with confidence at 6-1. A win Friday night could go a long way toward happiness during the holidays.
GAME 7 PENN (1-5) vs. NAVY (6-1)
Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra * Philadelphia, Pa.
RADIO: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes
Navy Game Notes
The five teams Penn has lost to this season are a combined 29-4, an 88.2 winning percentage (UNC 8-0, Drexel 2-1, Penn State 7-1, Albany 5-2, Villanova 8-0).
Through six games, Penn has had four different players lead it in scoring (Tyler Bernardini vs. UNC, Monmouth and Albany; Kevin Egee vs. Drexel; Jack Eggleston vs. Penn State; Harrison Gaines vs. Villanova) and four different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston vs. UNC, Penn State and Villanova; Brennan Votel vs. Drexel and Villanova; Conor Turley vs. Monmouth; Zack Rosen vs. Albany).
Bernardini has reached the 20-point mark twice this season, giving the sophomore eight such games for his career. He leads Penn with five double-figure scoring games so far this season.
After scoring in double figures in each of Penn’s first four games, Egee -- a senior -- has been held to a combined seven points the last two contests.
Votel, also a senior, entered this season with one double-figure scoring game as a collegian; he has reached that mark twice already this season, with 17 points at Drexel and 14 vs. Monmouth.
Rosen, a freshman, leads the Ivy League in assists per game (5.80) and assist/turnover ration (3.90). In his first four collegiate games, he had 25 assists and three turnovers.
Eggleston, a sophomore, was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll Monday after totaling 30 points (13-of-26 shooting), 12 rebounds and five assists in a pair of games last week.
Sophomore Remy Cofield made his first start of the season Tuesday vs. Villanova, and finished with three points and three assists in 18 minutes.
After missing the first five games due to a shoulder injury, junior Andreas Schreiber saw his first game action of 2008-09 Tuesday against Villanova; he had two points in 14 minutes.
Penn vs. Navy
The Quakers and the Midshipmen are meeting for the 80th time, with Penn holding a 57-22 advantage in the series.
Friday marks the fourth straight year Penn and Navy have met on the hardwood -- this is the third of those four to be played at The Palestra -- with the Quakers winning each of the first three. In fact, Penn has won seven in a row over the Middies, dating back to the 1989-90 season.
Penn has played Navy in men’s basketball more than any school except the eight Ivy League institutions, and beaten the Middies more than any non-Ivy school.
Friday’s game comes on the eve of the Army-Navy football game, which takes place Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field (home of the Philadelphia Eagles).
Penn has dominated the teams that currently comprise the Patriot League, going 156-47 against them. In fact, prior to a loss to Lafayette last year, the Quakers had won 23 in a row against Patriot League teams.
American ... 6-0
Army ... 20-12
Bucknell ... 4-1
Colgate ... 7-1
Holy Cross ... 3-3
Lafayette ... 37-4
Lehigh ... 22-4
Navy ... 57-22
Following Friday’s game, Penn is off an in-season record 24 days before participating in the University of Central Florida (UCF) Holiday Classic December 29-30 in Orlando, Fla.
After missing the first five games of the season, junior Andreas Schreiber saw 14 minutes Tuesday against Villanova. Penn has played its first six games without senior Aron Cohen or juniors Justin Reilly andDarren Smith. Freshman Mike Howlett played eight minutes in the season opener at UNC, but has not dressed for the last five games.
Notemeal From Villanova...
Sophomore Harrison Gaines became the fourth different player to lead Penn in scoring in a game, with 14 points.
Sophomore Remy Cofield made his first start of the season, and just the second of his collegiate career.
After missing the first five games due to a shoulder injury, junior Andreas Schreiber saw his first game action of 2008-09; he had two points, a rebound, a steal and an assist in 14 minutes.
Notemeal From UAlbany...
Penn’s loss to the Great Danes marked the Quakers’ first loss to an America East team in program history; of course, prior to Saturday’s game Penn had faced an America East team just five times.
Penn played an America East team for the first time since 1991, and was on the road against an AE squad for just the second time in program history; the first came in 1985.
Freshman Zack Rosen had his first double-figure scoring game as a collegian, knocking down 12 points. He also led the Quakers with six rebounds, eight assists and three steals.
Senior Kevin Egee was held in single digits in scoring for the first time this season, playing a season-low 17 minutes and scoring just four points before fouling out.
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