Men's Basketball Gears Up For UMBC

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team looks to once again climb back to .500 in the overall standings, hosting UMBC Tuesday night in the second half of a men's/women's doubleheader at The Palestra. The Penn women open the twinbill at 4:30 p.m., hosting Niagara University. The Quakers most recently fell at No. 5 Pitt, 82-58, Saturday night.

GAME 6 - PENN (2-3) vs. UMBC (0-5)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / UMBC Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-UMBC Series
*The Quakers and the Retrievers have met just once on the hardwood, and it came last year in Maryland. Penn won the game, 82-71, giving current head coach Jerome Allen his first win during his interim tenure. It was also the Red and Blue's first victory of the 2009-10 season.

*Zack Rosen was in the middle of a scorching offensive tear at the time -- he had dropped 30 on Lafayette in Penn's previous game -- and he finished with 28 against the Retrievers. Darren Smith had 15 points, a season high, while Conor Turley had 13 points and seven rebounds (at that point career highs for him). Dan Monckton was just starting to see his first action, and he had 11 points. Jack Eggleston had just six points, but contributed 11 rebounds and five assists.

Scouting UMBC
Like Penn, the Retrievers were in Pittsburgh on Saturday - they faced Duquesne, and fell to the Dukes 101-69. Chris De La Rosa and Brian Neller had 14 points apiece to lead UMBC, while Travis King had 11. Prior to that game, King was leading the Retrievers in scoring at 16.3 points per game, while De La Rosa was averaging 15.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. Laurence Jolicoeur, a Manhattan transfer, was leading UMBC in rebounding (7.8 rpg) and also averaging 9.3 ppg, while Chase Plummer was averaging 12.3 points per outing. He was the first freshman in the program's Division I history to start his career with three straight double-figure scoring games.

Three's a Crowd?
We don't want to jinx it, of course, but it is worth noting that Penn has three players who could reach the 1,000-point mark this season: senior Jack Eggleston (959 points entering the UMBC game), junior Zack Rosen (791) and senior Tyler Bernardini (746). Currently, there are 34 members of Penn's 1,000-point club, the most recent coming Dec. 2, 2006 when Mark Zoller reached it.

More Milestones
Eggleston's first rebound last Tuesday against Lafayette was his 500th in a Penn uniform. He became the first Quaker to reach 500 career rebounds since Brian Grandieri ended his career with 523 in 2008.

Now This is Interesting...
Eggleston had 11 rebounds in both of Penn's first two games, against both Davidson and Manhattan, but not one of them came on the offensive glass. By contrast, he had just one board in the Quakers' third game, a loss to Drexel -- and it came, you guessed it, on the offensive end.

Death and Taxes...and Zack Rosen
Ben Franklin once said, "the only things certain in life are death and taxes." (You might have heard of Mr. Franklin -- among other things, he founded the University of Pennsylvania in 1740.) Add junior guard Zack Rosen's offensive output to the list. Rosen has scored in double figures in each of Penn's first five games this season, and as a result he has now hit double digits in 19 straight games and 30 of the Quakers' last 31 contests dating back to last season. Rosen has 43 double-figure scoring games as a collegian.

That's Not All...
In addition to his scoring output, Rosen is also taking care of the ball these days (good thing, too, since he's the point guard and that's his job). In Penn's last four games, he has 26 assists and just seven turnovers.

Quick Start
Fifth-year senior Andreas Schreiber has become a bit of a jackrabbit for this team. He scored all of Penn's first six points versus Manhattan, then did not score again. Against Drexel, he had seven of the Quakers' first 11 points and then, once again, wasn't heard from offensively. Last Tuesday, he had six of Penn's first 15 points versus Lafayette.

Local Flavor
Freshman Fran Dougherty has been working out quite well for the Quakers, thank you. After seeing no action in Penn's opener, the local product -- he played his high school ball at nearby Archbishop Wood -- has seen a total of 62 minutes in the last four contests, contributing 11 points and 17 rebounds. The rebound total ties him with Rosen for second on the team, behind Eggleston. Dougherty had two points and five rebounds in 24 minutes Saturday at Pitt.

Quaker Notemeal From Pitt
*For the second time in four games, Penn had just one steal -- that is a team low in the post-Fran Dunphy era (starting with the 2006-07 season).

*Freshman Miles Cartwright scored 22 points, the most by a freshman since Tyler Bernardini had 25 against Cornell on March 7, 2008.

*Freshman Dau Jok hit a pair of free throws to scored his first collegiate points.

The Injury Report
Senior Dan Monckton, junior Mike Howlett, and freshman Marin Kukoc have not dressed yet this season due to injury. Monckton averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year -- numbers that jumped to 9.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg in Ivy League play -- while Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.

Download: 6-UMBC.pdf