PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team is still looking for its first win of the season as the calendar turns to December. It looked like that first W might come on Saturday at Wagner, but the Quakers could not hold onto an eight-point lead in the final eight minutes and fell to the Seahawks, 64-61. The next opportunity comes Wednesday night, as Penn travels to Navy to face the Midshipmen.
GAME 6 – PENN (0-5) at NAVY (2-5)
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 * 7 p.m.
Annapolis, Md. (Alumni Hall)
*This marks the 82nd meeting between the Quakers and the Midshipmen in men’s basketball, with Penn leading the series 57-24.
*Penn and Navy are meeting for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
*In its history, the only teams that Penn has played more than Navy are the other Ivy League programs and Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s. (After Wednesday, Navy and Saint Joseph’s will be level, both having played Penn 82 times; the Hawks will move back ahead of the Midshipmen on January 24.)
*Penn is 161-55 all-time against the programs that currently make up the Patriot League; that includes the Quakers’ 83-77 loss to Lafayette on November 22.
After an 0-4 start -- three of them coming against Michigan State, Notre Dame and Providence -- the Midshipmen beat Binghamton and Penn State-Harrisburg for a modest two-game win streak, but that was snapped on Saturday with an 85-68 loss to Saint Francis. Brandon Venturini is the only Navy player averaging double figures in points (11.3 ppg), and he also averages 3.9 rebounds per contest. Edward Alade is averaging 9.0 points per game, while Tilman Dunbar (7.4 ppg) has a team-high 20 assists.
Six of the 16 players on Penn’s roster this year are freshmen, while a seventh -- senior Matt Hanessian -- is new to the varsity after three years playing on the Quakers’ JV team.
After Tony Hicks (1,464 career minutes) and Darien Nelson-Henry (1,017), the other five returnees expected to dress today entered the season with a combined 1,408 career minutes of action. (Senior Camryn Crocker, 621; senior Greg Louis, 537; sophomore Dylan Jones, 130; sophomore Matt Howard, 113; sophomore Matt Poplawski, 7).
The Youth Getting Experience
Penn’s freshmen have played 415 of the team’s 1,025 minutes this season (40.5 percent).
The Quaker Notemeal from Wagner
*Penn shot a season-high 57.6 from the field (19-of-33); a season-high 36.4 on three-point shots (4-of-11); and made a season-high 19 free throws.
*Penn had just 33 field-goal attempts, a low in the Jerome Allen coaching era.
*Penn outrebounded its opponent for the fourth time in its five games this season.
*Junior Darien Nelson-Henry was the only Penn player to score in double figures, with 11 points; he is the third player to lead Penn in scoring in a game this year (also Tony Hicks and Mike Auger).
*Nelson-Henry also led the Quakers in rebounds (8) for the second straight game and third time this season; the eight boards tied a season high.
*Senior Greg Louis set season highs in points (9), rebounds (7) and minutes (34).
*Freshman Darnell Foreman had season/career highs in points (7) and steals (3).
*Sophomore Matt Howard had nine points, giving him 24 in the last two games; he already has more points this season (40) than he had in 17 appearances last year (36).
*Junior Tony Hicks scored eight points, his first time this season not reaching double figures in the scoring column.