Men's Basketball Heads to the Windy City for Contest Against Illinois-Chicago on Jan. 8

Penn (4-5) vs.ILlinois-Chiago(5-7)
Chicago, Ill. at the UIC Pavilion

Jan. 8, 2005
3 p.m. (CST)

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The Quakers look to snap a three-game skid and earn their first road victory when Penn travels to the University of Illinois-Chicago for a 3 p.m. tip-off in the Windy City.

Comeback Falls Short

Road woes continued for the Quakers in San Francisco as Penn found themselves down 15 points with nine minutes remaining in the contest. A valiant effort by the Red and Blue, which included a 9-0 run, fell short as Penn fell to the Dons, 65-61 on Jan. 4. Senior Tim Begley nailed a three with 9:02 on the clock, which cut the Dons lead to just six points. After the Don’s Jerome Gumbs made one of his two attempts from the charity stripe, sophomore Ryan Pettinella scored on the next two Quakers possessions to cut the lead to three. San Francisco pulled ahead 59-55 with 3:30 remaining in the contest, but back-to-back steals followed by dunks from senior Eric Osmundson and sophomore Steve Danley tied the game at 59. Several Penn fouls sent the Dons to the line where they made all six attempts to put the game away.

Coaches Corner

Penn

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.

Illinois - Chicago

Head Coach Jimmy Collins became the all-time winningest coach at UIC on Dec. 12, 2004. In just nine seasons with the Flames, Collins has guided UIC to four postseason appearances, including three trips to the NCAA Tournament (1998, 2002, 2004) and one to the NIT (2003). He also has a conference regular-season championship (1998) and a pair of tournament titles (2002, 2004) to his credit while posting four 20-win seasons, including a school-record 24 victories in 2003-04.

Scouting the Flames

The University of Illinois-Chicago is coming off a three-game road trip and which included a 62-56 win at Youngstown State on Jan. 3. Jovan Stefanov led UIC for the third time this season with a career-tying 16 points. The Flames who played conference-rival Loyal on Thursday sported a 5-7 overall record prior to that game. With the return to the Pavilion, the Flames look to improve upon their 2-3 record at home. Cedrick Banks, Stefanov and Armond Willams are averaging double-figures this season. Banks leads the trio with 15.3 points per game, while both Stefanov and Williams put out 10 ppg. Marcetteaus McGee has dished out 38 assists and is one of seven players with double-digit helpers. Williams (53.6) and Elliott Poole (57.9) have the most accurate shots on the team as both Flames are shooting more than 50 percent from the field. McGee is one of the best free throw shooters on the team - nailing 25-of-28 attempts at the charity stripe.

The Series

The Flames lead the series 2-0 winning both contests which were played during the 1982-83 and 83-84 seasons. UIC won the first meeting, 76-74, on Jan. 22, 1983 and the second contests, 76-71, on Jan. 22, 1984.

Versus the Horizon League

This is Penn’s first game against a school in the Horizon League. Illinois-Chicago was a member of the Mid-Continent Conference when the Quakers last played them. The Red and Blue also battled with Detroit (Mercy) when it was a member of the Midwestern Conference. The Quakers are 0-3 against schools who are now members of the Horizon League.

Penn in the Windy City

The Quakers have not played in Chicago since 1984 when they faced UIC. Prior to that game it had been over 31 years since Penn traveled to the windy city. Penn crushed DePaul, 90-70, in the NCAA Tournament on March 14, 1953. The Red and Blue’s other two appearances were in 1908 and 1920 against Chicago. Penn lost both games, 21-18 and 28-24, respectively.

The Red and Blue on Jan. 8

Penn has played 29 times on the eighth day of the new year, earning 24 victories. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 5-0 on Jan. 8 with his most recent victory coming against American in 2003. Only two of the Quakers five loss were to non-Ivy League or Big Five schools. The last time Penn did not record a victory on this date was against Brown in 1982.

Up Next ...

After four games away from the friendly confines of The Palestra, Penn returns to face Rider on Jan. 12. The Red and Blue are 4-0 at home this season. Penn returns to the road for its first ever meeting with Siena.

The Starting Five

All five starters had at least two assists and one steal in the Quakers loss to San Francisco on Jan. 4. Only one player had two turnovers, while the other four each had one. You have to go back to Penn’s win at Princeton on Feb.10, 2004 to find a game where all five starters had at least one assist and one steal.

Seeing Double

Four Quakers scored in double figures for the Red and Blue against the Dons. It was the second-straight game that four players reached the double-digit mark and third of the season. Ibrahim Jaaber led the Red and Blue for the second-straight game with 12 points. Tim Begley added 11, while Eric Osmundson and Steve Danley contributed with 10 each.

Sophomore Splenda

The sophomore quartet of Steve Danley, Ibrahim Jaaber, Ryan Pettinella and Mark Zoller have come into their own in their second season on the court. The sophomores have scored 54 percent of the Quakers points this season and all average over 4.9 points per game. Jaaber is second on the team and 18th in the League in scoring with 10.3 ppg. Danley is third on the team and 22nd in the Ancient Eight in scoring with 8.9 ppg. Zoller is contributing 6.9 ppg and Pettinella is adding 4.9 ppg.

Back to Business

Senior Tim Begley had his streak of 13 games of at least one three-pointer snapped against Villanova on Dec. 31. But denying him from beyond the arc did not last long as the senior captain returned to form against San Francisco downing three treys on Jan. 4. Begley has 28 trifectas and is on pace to establish a new program record for three-pointers in a career.

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 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 887 career points and needs just 113 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.

Lending a Hand

Senior Tim Begley tied a career-high in assists, dishing out nine helpers against Temple on Dec. 8. He has 44 helpers so far this season. He stands sixth in program history with 333 assists. He needs 12 more to move up the all-time list. Begley is currently averaging 5.3 apg, which leads the Ivy League and stands 50th in the nation. (as of Jan. 3)

Among the Best

Tim Begley and Ibrahim Jaaber rank among the best in Division I in several different categories. Jaaber ranks 12th in steals per game, averaging 3.0 picked pockets per game. Begley stands 24th in the nation in three-point field goals per game averaging 3.1. He also ranks 20th in three-point field goal percentage at 47.2 percent. (as of Jan. 3)

Picking Pockets

Ibrahim Jaaber leads the Ivy League in steals with 26 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 a 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. With three more trifectas since then, Begley needs only 39 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

205 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.

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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