Men's Basketball Heads to Albany Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s basketball team does not match up with America East teams very often -- the Quakers have done so only five times in program history, with the last one coming back in 1991. Tonight, they do so for the sixth time, when they face the University at Albany for the first time in history. Adding to the historical significance, this marks just the second time Penn has gone into an America East team’s gym for such a game; the other came in 1985.

GAME 5 – PENN (1-3) at Albany (3-2)

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008 * 7 p.m.

SEFCU Arena * Albany, N.Y.

TV: None

RADIO: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes

Quaker Notemeal...

• Through four games this season, Penn has had three different players lead it in scoring (Tyler Bernardini vs. UNC and Monmouth, Kevin Egee vs. Drexel, Jack Eggleston vs. Penn State) and three different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston vs. UNC and Penn State, Brennan Votel vs. Drexel, Conor Turley vs. Monmouth).

• Bernardini has reached the 20-point mark twice this season, giving the sophomore eight such games for his career.

• Egee, a senior, is the only player on the Penn roster to have scored in double figures in all four games so far this season.

• Votel, also a senior, entered this season with just one double-figure scoring game as a collegian; he has reached that mark each of the last two contests, with 17 points at Drexel and 14 Saturday vs. Monmouth.

• Freshman guard Zack Rosen has dished out 20 assists without a turnover in the last three games; for the season, he has 25 assists and three turnovers, a staggering 8.33 ratio.

• Sophomore Remy Cofield scored 12 points last Saturday vs. Monmouth, his third career double-figure scoring game and first since Feb. 11, 2007 vs. Princeton.

• Senior Tommy McMahon saw his first action since the 2006-07 season last Saturday vs. Monmouth, playing 10 minutes and recording four points and two rebounds. McMahon missed last season after having surgery prior to the campaign.

• Penn has 10 players on its roster who started at least one game last year; 10 who had at least one double-figure scoring game a year ago; and three players who had a 20-point outing.

Penn vs. UAlbany

• Penn and UAlbany meet tonight for the first time in men’s basketball. In fact, this is the first time Penn has played anyone from the America East Conference since Dec. 30, 1991, when Penn rolled New Hampshire, 93-55, as part of the Music City Invitational in Nashville, Tenn.

• The Quakers entered the season with a perfect 5-0 mark against teams that currently make up the America East Conference. Albany is the only AE team that Penn will face in 2008-09.

Boston University ... 1-0

Hartford ... 2-0

New Hampshire ... 2-0

• This marks just the second time Penn has played an America East team in the opposing team’s gym; the other came Jan. 26, 1985, when the Quakers eked out a 59-57 win at Hartford.

On The Road Again...

This represents Penn’s only road appearance over a five-game stretch that began last weekend and continues into next weekend. Saturday’s contest is sandwiched by a pair of two-game homestands, the first against Monmouth and Penn State and the second featuring Villanova (Tues) and Navy (Sat). Following the Navy game, the Quakers are off a record 24 days before participating in the UCF Holiday Classic in Orlando, Fla.

Notemeal From Penn State...

• Penn State took 36 free throws, a high for an opponent in the three-year Glen Miller coaching era at Penn.

• Penn State committed just seven turnovers, a low for an opponent in the Miller era.

• Sophomore Jack Eggleston nearly had his second double-double of the season with 17 points and nine rebounds.

• Sophomore Tyler Bernardini was held to single digits in scoring for the first time this season, with eight points.

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