PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team is 2-0 for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The last time the Quakers started 3-0? How about 1981-82! That is the goal on Tuesday, as Penn heads to Delaware State for just its second-ever meeting with the Hornets. This is the third game in five days for the Red and Blue, and their first road game of the campaign.
GAME 3 – PENN (2-0) vs. DELAWARE STATE (0-1)
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 * 7 p.m.
Memorial Hall (Dover, Del.)
The Series With Delaware State
The Quakers and the Hornets met for the first time in last year’s season opener at The Palestra, with Delaware State emerging victorious 77-75 in overtime.
Jones Earns Ivy, Big 5 Honors
After averaging 22.0 points per game and knocking down 10 three-point baskets, sophomore forward Sam Jones was named Ivy League Player of the Week as well as co-Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week (sharing that honor with DeAndre Bembry from Saint Joseph’s). Jones tied a career high with 23 points in Sunday’s win over Central Connecticut State—15 of them coming after halftime, when Penn broke open a game that was tied at the break—after scoring 21 in Friday’s season-opening win against Robert Morris. It was the second Ivy League weekly honor for Jones, who was Ivy Rookie of the Week once last year.
Penn started the season with a roster that features 11 freshmen and sophomores among its 15 eligible players. According to an informal survey of SIDs conducted by the University of Denver, the Quakers’ percentage of freshmen and sophomores (73.3) is tied for eighth nationally with Marist. One of Penn’s future opponents, Washington, is tied for third (80.0 percent), while fellow Ivy rival Harvard is 11th (62.5 percent).
While the Quakers are youthful, it does not mean they are inexperienced. In fact, four of the aforementioned sophomores played more than 400 minutes last year: Antonio Woods (team-high 889), Darnell Foreman (595), Sam Jones (455), and Mike Auger (420). Throw in upperclass veterans Darien Nelson-Henry (1,688 career minutes), Jamal Lewis (1,059 despite missing last season to injury) and Matt Howard (849), and you’ve got a fairly experienced nucleus.
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Through two games, Penn has a 1.74 assist/turnover ratio (40/23), and 40 assists on its 55 baskets (a 72.7 percentage). Last year, Penn’s assist/turnover ratio was 0.78, and its assist-to-basket percentage was 54.9.
*Penn has 19 three-point baskets so far this season, a 9.5 per-game average. Last year, Penn averaged 5.5 treys per game.
Quaker Notemeal from CCSU
*Penn had only nine turnovers; the Quakers had a single-digit turnover total just three times all of last season (8 at Columbia, 9 at Yale, 9 vs. Cornell).
*Sophomore Sam Jones tied a career high with 23 points—originally set last year at Columbia—and hit five three-point shots for the second time in as many games this season.
*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry had his first double-double of the season, and the seventh of his career (10 points, 10 rebounds); Penn is 6-1 when Nelson-Henry has a double-double.
*Sophomore Antonio Woods scored 11 points, his first double-figure scoring game this season and 13th at Penn.
Quaker Notemeal from RMU
*Penn shot 50.9 percent from the field, a percentage the Quakers surpassed just four times all of last season.
*Penn hit 10 three-point baskets, which was the program high for all of last season. Five different Quakers players hit treys on Friday.
*Sam Jones had 21 points, two shy of his career high and the second 20-point game of his Penn career.
*Nelson-Henry nearly had his seventh collegiate double-double, with 12 points and nine rebounds.
*Junior Matt Howard had 16 points, three shy of his career high, for his 12th double-digit scoring game.
*In his collegiate debut, freshman Jake Silpe started and had four assists (with just one turnover) in 19 minutes. He added three assists without a turnover Sunday vs. CCSU.
*After missing all of last year due to an illness unrelated to basketball, senior Jamal Lewis playd five minutes on Friday night and had three assists and a steal. On Sunday, Lewis played seven minutes, scored his first bucket of the season, and had three more assists and two more steals.
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