Men's Basketball Heads to San Francisco in Search of First Road Victory

Penn (4-4) vs.San Francisco(8-4)
San Francisco, Calif. at the War Memorial

Jan. 4, 2005
7 p.m. (PST)

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Penn looks to snap a two-game skid and earn its first road victory when the Quakers travel to the Golden State to match-up with San Francisco for only the second time in program history on Jan. 4. The Red and Blue, who are making their second appearance in three years in California, have seen much success there sporting a 3-0 record over the last six years.

Last Time Out

Sophomores Ibrahim Jaaber and Ryan Pettinella scored career-highs in Penn’s 74-64 loss to Big Five rival Villanova on Dec. 31. Jaaber scored 22 points and had three steals, while Pettinella had 10 points, two assists, two blocks and one steal against the Wildcats. Seniors Jan Fikiel and Eric Osmundson added 10 and 12 points, respectively. Both teams struggled from the field as Penn shot 38.2 percent and Nova was 39.2 percent. Nova dominated on the glass, out rebounding Penn, 44-34. With the loss the Quakers fell to 1-2 in the Big 5, while the ‘Cats improved to 2-1.

Coaches Corner


Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 16th season at the helm of Penn basketball. Coach Dunphy is the winningest coach in Penn basketball history with 274 career victories. Dunphy has had 11 winning seasons at Penn including three-straight 17 plus-win seasons. Dunphy is the second winningest coach in the Ivy League with 166 Ancient Eight victories.

San Francisco

Head Coach Jessie Evans is in his first season at the helm of San Francisco basketball. Evans went to the Bay area after seven years as the head coach at Louisiana (Lafayette) where he went 132-81 and earned four post season berths. Evans worked as an assistant coach for 20 years with stints at Minnesota, San Diego State, Wyoming, Texas and Arizona. Under Evan’s tutelage, the Ragin’ Cagins won three Sun Belt Championships, the West Division title, made two NIT appearances and two trips to the NCAA tournament.

Scouting the Dons

San Francisco had a seven-game win streak snapped on Jan. 1, when they fell to Texas Tech, 97-53. Despite the tough loss, the Dons sport an 8-4 overall record and are undefeated at home with a 6-0 mark. John Cox leads the team in scoring, averaging over 20 points per game. Cox has led his team in 10-of-12 games this season as the top point scorer. Tyrone Riley is also averaging double-figures for the Dons, scoring over 15 points per game. Riley also averages 8.5 rebounds per game. Jerome Gumbs has connected on 12-of-25 attempts from three-point land for 48 percent on threes. San Francisco has several sharp shooters from the charity stripe as four players are shooting over 80 percent - Jason Gaines, Riley, Cox and Andre Hazel.

The Series

The Quakers and Dons have met only one other time in program history. San Francisco won that match-up, 84-77, on Dec. 29, 1972. It was Penn’s first trip to the Golden State in 33 years. The Red and Blue made their first venture out West on Dec. 30, 1939 to play California.

Versus the West Coast Conference

Penn has struggled against opponents from the West Coast Conference, having won one of four match-ups. Penn’s only win came against Loyola Marymount in 1981. Head Coach Fran Dunphy has faced three WCC schools - Santa Clara twice and St. Mary’s once.

Penn in the Golden State

The Red and Blue have made 17 trips out to sunny California most recently in 2003 to face-off against USC. The Quakers have faired well in the Golden State as of late, winning their last three contests and four of the last six, despite only posting a 7-10 mark.

The Red and Blue on Jan. 4

Penn has played in 13 games on the fourth day of January. Penn has won four of those contests. The first time the Quakers played on Jan. 4 was in 1906 against Williams College. The last time Penn won on this date was in 1971, a 75-62 victory at Princeton. The Red and Blue have played schools from the Ivy League, Atlantic 10, Southern Conference, Western Athletic, Big 12, but never a school from the West Coast Conference on this date.

Up Next ...

Penn stays on the road for a match-up in the windy city against Illinois-Chicago on Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. (CST). The Quakers return to The Palestra on Jan. 12 when they host Rider at 7 p.m.

Streak Snapped

Senior Tim Begley did not score a three-point basketball for the first time this season on Dec. 31 against Villanova. Begley who scored at least one three-pointer in the previous 13 games, dating back to Feb. 21, 2004 against Yale. Begley had a 23-game stretch in 2003-04 where he scored at least one trifecta, but Brown denied him from three-point land on Feb. 20, 2004.

Career Days

Sophomores Ibrahim Jaaber and Ryan Pettinella had career-bests in several categories on the last day of 2004. Jaaber’s 22 points was a career-high as well as his nine field goals made and his 38 minutes on the court. Pettinella drained six free throws, a career best and added career highs in points (10) and minutes (27).

Aiming for a 1,000

Senior Tim Begley has 876 career points and needs just 124 to become a member of the 1,000 point club at Penn. Their are 31 members of the exclusive group with the most recent entry coming from 2004 graduate Jeff Schiffner.

Ozzfest - 2004

Senior Eric Osmundson scored a career-high 20 points against Temple on Dec. 8. Osmundson connected on 6-of-8 three pointers and went 7-for-11 from the field, all career highs. The Carlsbad, Calif. native scored the first basket of the game for the Red and Blue, a trey, and stayed hot from beyond the arc for the rest of the contest. After putting the Quakers up 3-2 to start the game, he gave Penn an 11-8 lead at the 10:27 mark. In the second half, Oz scored back-to-back treys to give Penn a 38-35 lead.

Speaking of Career Highs

Junior Friedrich Ebede equaled his career-high against Temple, scoring six points on 2-of-2 shooting from the field. Ebede nailed a three pointer with 9:43 remaining against the Owls to give Penn a six point lead. Five minutes later with the Red and Blue down four, he added three more points with a slam dunk and free throw. In nine minutes of action, Ebede grabbed three rebounds, picked up a steal and scored six points.

Lending a Hand

Senior Tim Begley tied a career-high in assists, dishing out nine helpers against Temple on Dec. 8. He has 42 helpers so far this season. He stands sixth in program history with 331 helpers. He needs 14 more to move up the all-time list. Begley is currently averaging 5.25 apg, which leads the Ivy League and stands 50th in the nation.

From Downtown

Five players are shooting over 40 percent from beyond the arc. Senior Eric Heil is 1-for-1 from three-point land, while Friedrich Ebede is shooting 75 percent (3-of-4). Senior Jan Fikiel is 2-for-4 from downtown while classmate Tim Begley, who leads the Ancient Eight in three-pointers made, is shooting 47.2 percent. Senior Eric Osmundson is shooting 44 percent from three-point land.

Among the Best

Tim Begley and Ibrahim Jaaber rank among the best in Division I in several different categories. Jaaber ranks 16th in steals per game, averaging 3.0 picked pockets per game. Begley stands seventh in the nation in three-point field goals per game averaging 3.6. He also ranks 26th in three-point field goal percentage at 48.1 percent. (as of Dec. 20)

Picking Pockets

Ibrahim Jaaber leads the Ivy League in steals with 24 this season. He collected a career-high seven steals against Bucknell on Dec. 1. Last season, as a rookie, he snatched the ball away 32 times.

How May I Assist You

The Red and Blue handed out 22 assists against La Salle on Dec. 4. It’s the first time this season the Quakers have dished out more than 20 helpers. Tim Begley led the way with seven assists, followed by senior Eric Osmundson who had six, senior Jan Fikiel (four), sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber (two), freshman Michael Kach (two) and sophomore Mark Zoller (one).

Love for the Long Ball

Led by Tim Begley’s 8-for-11effort from beyond the arc, the Quakers scored a season-high 13 trifectas against La Salle. Ibrahim Jaaber added career-high three treys, while Eric Osmundson and freshman Michael Kach each added one. You have to go back to Feb. 27, 2004 against Cornell to find a game in which the Quakers scored more three-pointers in a game.

Honors All-Around

The Quakers have had two Ivy League and two Big 5 Players of the Week so far this year.

11/22 Ivy League Honor Roll

- Tim Begley

11/29 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Mark Zoller

Big Five Co-Player of the Week

- Mark Zoller

12/6 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Tim Begley

Big Five Player of the Week

- Tim Begley

12/13 Ivy League Honor Roll

- Eric Osmundson

Moving Up the Charts

Begley continues to climb the career ladder in three-pointers made. The Freehold, N.J. native nailed two threes against Temple on Dec. 8 to surpass current Assistant Coach Matt Langel on the all-time list. Begley needs only 42 baskets from three-point land to nab the top-spot, which is held by former Quaker Matt Maloney. Begley also stands third in the Penn accolades in three pointers made in a season with 83 in 2003-04.

244 Matt Maloney 1993-95

220 Jeff Schiffner 2001-04

202 Tim Begley 2002-present

201 Matt Langel 1997-00

199 Garrett Kreitz 1995-98

Beyond the Arc

The Red and Blue shot 78.6 percent from the three-point line against Drexel, breaking the program record for three-point accuracy in a game. The previous record of 75 percent was set against USC on Jan. 11, 2003 when the Quakers went 15-of-20 from beyond the arc. Penn tied the record just 19 days later against Princeton, nailing 6-of-8 trifectas.

What a Difference a Year Makes

Sophomore Steve Danley leads the Quakers with six blocked shots this season. Last season the Germantown, Md. native batted away nine shots in 27 appearances on the court. Danley has also found his shot as he has scored 70 points in eight games this season, after tallying 69 points in 27 games in 2003-04.

Penn Tabbed Second by Media

The Quakers finished second in the 2004-05 Ivy League Media Poll. Princeton garnered the top spot with 14 of the 16 first-place votes. Penn received one first-place nod, while Brown grabbed the final one. Yale was picked to finish third followed by Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Dartmouth.

Ivy League Media Poll

Team Votes

Princeton (14) 125

Penn (1) 111

Yale 85

Brown (1) 83

Columbia 62

Cornell 54

Harvard 37

Dartmouth 19

A Decade Worth of Victories

For the 10th time since his tenure began, Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s team has recorded at least 17 victories in a season. The current Ivy League dean of coaches has 11 winning seasons under his belt and three straight heading into the 2004-05 campaign.

He’s No. 2

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 274 career victories, after surpassing Cappy Cappon who recorded 250 wins in 20 seasons at Princeton. Princeton's Pete Carril, who spent 29 seasons with the Tigers, is the all-time Ivy League wins leader with 514. Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 156. He has amassed an overall record of 156-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 14 seasons at Penn, giving him a .788 winning percentage.

Home Sweet Home

The Red and Blue are 726-313 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a loosing season at home since 1984-85 where the Quakers went 4-9. The Quakers have had 19 perfect Ivy League seasons at home and four seasons without a loss in the Palestra.

Welcome to The Palestra

The Palestra, which was built in 1927, was refurbished in 2000 and reopened amid some hoopla on Dec. 7 as “The Palestra 2000.” Known as college basketball’s most storied gymnasium, The Palestra was renovated into a type of museum of basketball history that includes players, coaches and fans from Penn, the Ivy League, local high schools, national powerhouse colleges, and of course, the Philadelphia Big 5. In an article titled, “A Museum in the Cathedral,” Sports Illustrated's Alex Wolff said “...Old friends - and the new friends The Palestra is making, like the Maryland basketball team, which strolled the halls in December on orders from Coach Gary Williams - regard the temple at 33rd and Walnut as “holier than a mere landmark.”

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