Men's Basketball Heads to Lafayette

PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a frustrating trip to North Carolina, the Penn men's basketball team has little time to ponder their Tobacco Road results upon returning home. The Quakers are at Lafayette Wednesday night, facing the Leopards in one of their final non-conference tune-ups before Ivy League play starts in less than two weeks. Wednesday's game will be the second in a doubleheader at the Kirby, as the Lafayette women host Columbia at 5 p.m.; the Quakers and Leopards men will tip off approximately a half-hour after the conclusion of the women's game.

GAME 15 - PENN (6-8) at LAFAYETTE (5-9)
Kirby Sports Center(Easton, Pa.)
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 * 7 p.m.
TV: LSN (RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60) - Gary Laubach, John Leone
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Lafayette Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Lafayette Series
*This will mark the 45th meeting between the Quakers and the Leopards in men's basketball, with Penn holding a commanding 39-5 lead in the series; that said, these teams have split the last four meetings.

*Last year, Penn defeated Lafayette 74-65 at The Palestra in Philadelphia. In that game, Zack Rosen had 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Tyler Bernardini added 12 points.

*Lafayette has won the last two times the teams have played in Easton, 77-62 two seasons ago and 81-69 four seasons ago. Prior to those two contests, Penn had won four in a row at Kirby Sports Center.

About Lafayette
The Leopards (5-9) played on Monday, falling to NJIT 78-58. Of its nine losses, two have come to Ivy League teams (69-54 to Princeton, 77-67 to Columbia). Philadelphian Jim Mower is the Leopards' leading scorer, averaging 16.2 points per game, while Ryan Willen is averaging 14.4 ppg. They are the only players in double figures. Willen also has a team-leading 4.9 rebound-per-game average. Rob Delaney leads Lafayette with 64 assists and 17 steals. Wednesday's game will be Lafayette's last before they start Patriot League play Saturday against Navy.

I Know You!
The head coach of Lafayette is Fran O'Hanlon, who was an assistant coach at Penn during Jerome Allen's time as a Quaker player. Allen, of course, is now Penn's head coach.

Record Book Watch
*Senior guard Zack Rosen has 87 assists this season, giving him 502 for his career which is three shy of the program's all-time record held by his current head coach, Jerome Allen (505).

*Rosen has 1,388 career points which puts him 11th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Mark Zoller is 10th, with 1,429 points from 2004-07.)

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,290 career points which puts him 17th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Joe Sturgis is 16th with 1,292 points from 1954-56, while Tyrone Pitts is 15th with 1,301 from 1985-88.)

*Rosen has played 3,475 career minutes which is sixth all-time. (Ibrahim Jaaber is fifth, with 3,569 minutes, while Jerome Allen is fourth with 3,570.)

*Rosen has 184 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.)

*Bernardini, meanwhile, has 175 treys which is ninth all-time. (Michael Jordan is eighth, with 176.)

*Rosen has made 370 career foul shots which ties him with Herb Lyon (1946-50) for seventh place all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.)

*Rosen has started 96 games in his career, eighth all-time. (Koko Archibong is seventh, with 99 starts.) Bernardini, meanwhile, has 90 career starts which is 10th all-time. (Mark Zoller is ninth, with 94 starts.)

Quaker Notemeal at Duke
*Penn scored 55 points, its low this season.

*Penn set season highs in steals (11) and field-goal attempts (62).

*Penn also shot 100 percent from the foul line (9-9), the first time that has happened since last year when the Quakers went 15-of-15 at the charity stripe against Saint Joseph's.

*Senior Zack Rosen scored 11 points, his third straight double-figure scoring game and 13th this season.

*Sophomore Marin Kukoc scored nine points, two shy of his season/career high ... Henry Brooks had eight points.

*Sophomore Fran Dougherty had five rebounds, his high in that category since Nov. 29 (5 vs. Manhattan).

*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored seven points, snapping a six-game streak of double-figure scoring.

*Senior Rob Belcore scored two points, snapping a four-game streak of double-figure scoring

Download: 15-@Lafayette.pdf