Men's Basketball Heads to Navy

Penn at Navy
Thursday, Dec.7*8 p.m.
Alumni Hall (5,710)
Radio/Internet: (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
TV: CSTV (Tom McCarthy, Steve Lappas)
Penn Game Notes in PDF Format

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania entered last Saturday night’s Big 5 opener with Villanova having won four games in a row and playing some great basketball. With The Palestra at “full boil,” as one Philadelphia-area scribe called it, the Quakers gave the Wildcats all they could handle but ultimately lost a 99-89 decision.

The loss came despite another outstanding offensive performance -- Penn shot 50 percent from the field, the fourth time in the last five games that has happened. The Quakers were a staggering 10-of-16 (62.5 percent) from three-point land in the game, the best performance from beyond the arc in nearly two years. And Penn also hit 27 of its 37 foul shots on the night, far above its season average of 66.9 percent. However, if there were two things that Miller could point to after the game as contributing to the loss, it was Penn’s turnover total (25, including 17 in the first half) and Villanova’s torrid foul shooting (27-of-29; the Wildcats hit their first 23 free throws, before finally missing with just 25 seconds left).

Individually, Mark Zoller continued his hot hand -- the senior scored a career high in points for the second-straight game, this time knocking down 33 points. He hit nine of his 12 shots from the field (going 5-of-6 on threes) and drained all 10 of his foul shots. In two games last week, Zoller scored 62 points, hit 75 percent of his shots, and collected a double-double with 29 points and 11 rebounds against Monmouth. Not surprisingly, he was named Ivy League and Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week.

Several other players, in fact,have had a hot hand for Penn. Ibrahim Jaaber, last year’s Ivy League Player of the Year, has moved into a point guard role this season but is still finding a way to get his points -- he scored 19 Saturday against Villanova, while also dishing off seven assists. In the last five games, he has gone for eight assists twice and a career-high 10 assists another time. Senior center Steve Danley scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished off five assists and had three steals vs. Villanova; he has scored in double figures five straight games, his best streak since January of last season. Junior guard Brian Grandieri scored 14 points Saturday, right on his average which is second on the team (behind Zoller’s 22.9 ppg); he is also second on the team with 41 rebounds (as a guard), 29 assists and 17 steals.

Surveying the Opponent
• Tonight represents the 77th meeting between Penn and Navy in men’s basketball, but just the second since the 1992-93 season. The Quakers lead the series, 55-21.

• Last year the Quakers defeated the Midshipmen, 86-73, at The Palestra in Philadelphia on the eve of the Army-Navy football game. Ibrahim Jaaber led the Quakers with 31 points, including 26 in the first half.

• Penn is 154-45 all-time against the schools that currently make up the Patriot League, with a winning record against all but one of them.
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• To say that the Quakers have had success against Patriot League teams would be an understatement; in fact, they have won 21-straight games against the Patriots, with the last loss coming January 27, 1997 at Lafayette. Since Penn played Navy on Dec. 4, 1992, the Quakers have gone a combined 32-1 against the Patriot League.

Quaker Notemeal
• Penn’s 99-89 loss Saturday to Villanova marked just the seventh time in the last 50 years the Quakers have lost a game when they scored at least 89 points...and three of those went to overtime:
12/30/97 - Rhode Island 96, Penn 89
2/10/90 - Harvard 105, Penn 97
11/26/88 - Navy 93, Penn 91 (2ot)
1/9/87 - Harvard 93, Penn 91 (ot)
3/26/79 - DePaul 96, Penn 93 (ot)
12/27/74 - Ohio State 106, Penn 94

• As of Dec. 7, the three teams who have beaten Penn this year -- UTEP, Syracuse and Villanova -- have a combined record of 18-6.

• Penn has shot 54.5 percent (146-of-268) from the field, including 47.7 percent (41-of-86) from three-point land, the last five games.

• Penn has shot 74.2 percent (49-of-66) from the foul line the last three games.

• Penn has scored at least 80 points four times in the last five games; the Quakers have scored 80 or more points four times in a five-game span only twice since 1994-95 -- last year (from Jan. 4-16) and 1998-99 (from Feb. 19-27).

Recounting Saturday vs. Villanova
• Penn lost despite hitting 10 of 16 three-point shots (.625 percentage); it was the Quakers’ best performance from beyond the arc since Jan. 23, 2004 (11-of-14, .786 vs. Drexel).

• Penn shot 57.8 percent from the field (26-of-45) and 73.0 percent from the foul line (27-of-37).

• Villanova’s 99 points were the most allowed by the Quakers since Jan. 4, 2000 (when Penn lost at Kansas, 105-59), and the most given up in The Palestra since Feb. 10, 1990 (when Penn lost to Harvard, 105-97).

• It was the highest-scoring game in the 54-game series between Penn and Villanova.

• The combined 188 points were the third-highest in a Big 5 game played by Penn, behind only these two...
195 - Penn 107, La Salle 88 on 12/19/1970
190 - Temple 107, Penn 83 on 1/8/1969

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