PHILADELPHIA – After the program’s first 3-0 start since the 1981-82 season, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team has lost three of its last four. Perhaps more alarming, the Quakers never led in any of those three losses (although they were tied at one point late in Wednesday’s loss to Navy). Penn looks to reverse the trend on Saturday, facing Atlantic 10 foe George Mason.
GAME 8 – PENN (4-3) at GEORGE MASON (3-5)
Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 * 6 p.m.
EagleBank Arena (Fairfax, Va.)
The Series With George Mason
These two teams met for the first time just two seasons ago, on January 2, 2014. George Mason emerged with an 80-77 victory here at EagleBank Arena.
DNH is Big 5 Player of the Week
Senior center Darien Nelson-Henry was named Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week after recording a combined 51 points and 23 rebounds in two games last week including 31 and 14 in a Big 5 win over La Salle.
*Through seven games, Penn has a 1.22 assist/turnover ratio (106/87); Last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.
*After committing a season-high 18 turnovers on Wednesday against Navy, Penn is now averaging 12.4 turnovers per game; last year, the Quakers averaged 15.0 turnovers per game.
*Penn has 48 three-point baskets so far this season, a 6.9 per-game average. Last year, Penn averaged 5.5 treys per game.
*Penn has taken as many or more foul shots than its opponent in six of seven games so far this season, and is averaging 6.0 more free throws per game (Penn 147, opponents 105).
*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry was the only Penn player who had scored in double figures in every game this season, until he was held to eight on Wednesday night by Navy.
*Nelson-Henry has two double-doubles this season (vs. Central Connecticut State and La Salle) and finished one rebound shy of a double-double two other times (Robert Morris, at Lafayette).
*Sophomore Sam Jones -- who has hit double digits in scoring in each of Penn’s last three games (18 points vs. La Salle, 10 at Lafayette, 12 vs. Navy) -- has 30 field goals this season; 24 of them have been three-pointers. 61 of his 70 field-goal attempts are from beyond the arc.
*In the last two games, sophomore Antonio Woods has scored three first-half points and 30 second-half points (0/17 at Lafayette, 3/13 vs. Navy) with 23 of the 30 coming in the final 8:30 of play; for the season, he has 17 first-half points and 58 second-half points.
*Junior Matt Howard had scored in double figures in three-straight games (10 at Washington, 10 vs. La Salle, 15 at Lafayette) before being held to seven by Navy.
Notemeal vs. Navy
*Penn lost at home for the first time this season, after a 3-0 start at The Palestra.
*Penn lost for the first time this season when shooting a better percentage from the field than its opponent (Penn 50.0, Navy 44.4); previously the Quakers were 4-0 in such games.
*Penn lost for the first time this season when outrebounding its opponent (Penn 28, Navy 27); previously the Quakers were 3-0 in such games.
*After playing just 10 minutes total in Penn’s first six games, sophomore Dan Dwyer played a career-high 27 minutes and scored a career-best six points.
*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry was held to single digits in the scoring column for the first time this season, but tied a season/career high with three assists.
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