Men's Basketball Heads to Drexel's "DAC" Tuesday

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team emerged from fall-term exams and gained a seven-point win over Division 3 Ursinus on Saturday at The Palestra. On Tuesday, the Quakers make the short walk down 33rd Street to Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center to tip off with the Dragons -- just the second time these two teams have met on Drexel’s home court.

GAME 11 – PENN (5-5) at DREXEL (1-8)
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 * 7 p.m.
Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia)

The Series with Drexel
*The Quakers lead the Dragons, 15-9, but Drexel has won the last five meetings.

*Penn and Drexel have met 16 times since the 1996-97 season, winning eight times each.

*Despite their proximity, this is the first meeting between these programs in more than three years; the last meeting was a 61-59 Drexel win on November 17, 2012.

*Penn won all seven meetings that took place before 1928; the series then took a 60-year hiatus before Drexel’s first win in 1988, then took another eight-year hiatus.

Penn vs. the CAA
Penn enters Tuesday’s game 39-17 all-time against programs currently in the CAA; the Quakers’ last meeting with a CAA program was an 83-60 loss at Delaware on December 21, 2012.

The Last Time...
Penn played at the Daskalakis Athletic Center (DAC) was also the first time? That was November 18, 2008, and even though it was a midweek game it had the odd tip time of 10 a.m. as it was part of ESPN’s “24 Hour Tipoff Madness.” Drexel won the game, 66-64, as Zack Rosen’s jumper went off the rim at the buzzer for the Quakers.

Quaker Notemeal
*Through ten games, Penn has a 1.18 assist/turnover ratio (146/124); Last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.

*Penn is averaging 12.4 turnovers per game; last year, the Quakers averaged 15.0 turnovers per game.

*Penn has 73 three-point baskets so far this season, a 7.3 per-game average. Last year, Penn averaged 5.5 treys per game.

*Penn has hit 10 three-point baskets in each of the last two games, and has had three such games this season; that was the Quakers’ season high last year.

*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry has four double-doubles this season (Central Connecticut State, La Salle, at George Mason, Temple) and finished one rebound shy of a double-double two other times (Robert Morris, at Lafayette); Penn is 7-3 when Nelson-Henry has recorded a double-double during his career.

*Penn is 10-4 when sophomore Sam Jones scores in double figures during his career; that includes seven of ten games so far this season.

*Jones has 41 field goals this season; 33 of them have been three-pointers. 85 of his 97 field-goal attempts are from beyond the arc.

*In the last five games, sophomore Antonio Woods has scored 15 first-half points and 57 second-half points (0/17 at Lafayette, 3/13 vs. Navy, 3/7 at George Mason, 6/16 vs. Temple, 3/4 vs. Ursinus); for the season, he has 29 first-half points and 85 second-half points.

*Woods -- who had a four-game double-figure scoring streak snapped vs. Ursinus -- has an 11/1 assist/turnover ratio over the last two games (7/1 vs. Temple, 4/0 vs. Ursinus).

Notemeal vs. Ursinus
*The game was Penn’s first against an NCAA Division 3 program since December 18, 1993.

*The game pitted Penn head coach Steve Donahue against his alma mater; he played basketball and baseball for the Bears.

*Penn improved to 3-0 in games this season when tied at halftime (also Central Connecticut and Delaware State).

*Penn had two players earn double-doubles, junior Matt Howard and sophomore Sam Jones.

*Howard had his first collegiate double-double with career highs in points (23) and rebounds (11).

*Sam Jones hit five three-pointers in a game for the third time this season, and his 10 rebounds were a career high.

*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry joined Howard and Jones with a double-figure rebound total (13)—his fifth such game this season—and tied a career high with five blocked shots.

Download: 11-@Drexel (12-22).pdf