Men's Basketball Hits Empire State

PHILADELPHIA -The Penn men's basketball team puts its annual five-games-in-eight-days run to bed this weekend, but it will be a long trip that gets them to the finish line. Penn is at Cornell on Friday night, then makes the long drive across the Empire State before playing Columbia Saturday night in the Big Apple. Along with Princeton on Tuesday, these represent Penn's first Ivy League road games of 2011.

GAME 20 - PENN (9-10, 3-2 Ivy) at CORNELL (5-15, 1-5)
Newman Arena (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

GAME 21 - PENN (9-10, 3-2) at COLUMBIA (12-8, 3-3)
Levien Gym (New York, N.Y.)
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Around the League
While Penn is at Cornell and Columbia, Princeton (5-0 Ivy) is at Columbia Friday night before heading to Ithaca on Saturday. A big game occurs in Cambridge on Friday night, as Yale (4-2) and Harvard (5-1) look to keep pace with the Tigers at the top of the standings. In Friday's other game, Brown (1-5) and Dartmouth (1-5) face off in Hanover. Saturday night, Brown will be at Harvard and Yale will be at Dartmouth.

Penn vs. Cornell
*The Quakers and the Big Red have played 214 times, with Penn holding a 143-71 lead in the series. That said, Cornell has won five of the last six matchups.

*The rivalry has ramped up in recent years, as Cornell's current three-year run as Ivy League champion overtook Penn's three-year run before that. In the last two years, the Big Red has clinched the Ivy title and NCAA bid at the Quakers' expense here at Newman Arena.

*On the other hand, last year Penn pinned Cornell with its only Ivy League loss, a 79-64 decision at The Palestra in Philadelphia.

Penn vs. Columbia
*The Quakers and the Lions have met 217 times, with Penn holding a 133-84 advantage in the series.

*Last year, Columbia swept Penn, winning 66-62 at The Palestra in Philadelphia and then gaining a 56-55 win at the buzzer here in New York. It was the Lions' first season sweep of the Quakers since 1968.

*Penn has struggled at Levien Gym over the last decade, taking losses in 2001, 2006 -- when the Quakers won the Ivy League championship -- 2008 and 2010. In 2009, Penn won here on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.

Nearing a Milestone
Senior Jack Eggleston became the 35th member of Penn's 1,000-point club a little more than a month ago. The possibility is there for Zack Rosen to become the 36th member this weekend -- after scoring eight points Tuesday at Princeton, he enters the weekend with 999 career points. Senior Tyler Bernardini (957 points) is also on pace to achieve the milestone this season.

More Milestones
*Eggleston made his 100th start in a Penn uniform last Friday vs. Dartmouth; the last player to start 100 games for Penn was Tim Begley, who made 113 starts from 2001-05.

*Eggleston collected his 600th career rebound three weekends ago; the last Penn player to record 600 rebounds was Mark Zoller, who ended his career in 2007 with 750 boards.

*Eggleston collected his 200th career assist Tuesday night at Princeton.

*Rosen went past the 300-assist mark for his career on Dec. 8 against Villanova.

*Rosen had five assists Tuesday at Princeton, giving him 101 for the season -- his third straight season with 100 or more. Since the statistic became official in 1978-79, the only players in Penn's history to have 100 or more assists in three straight seasons are Paul Chambers (1990-92), Jerome Allen (1993-95) and Michael Jordan (1998-2000). Unlike Rosen, who still has a year left, in each case those players did it their sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

Quaker Notemeal From Princeton
*It was Penn's third overtime game in the last four contests, and the fourth OT affair in the last seven games.

*The last time Penn played four overtime games in the same season was 2003-04.

*Penn also played four overtime games in 2001-02, 1997-98, 1978-79, and 1962-63.

*The school record for overtime games in a season is six, in 1983-84.

*Penn and Princeton have now played 14 overtime games; the record is an even 7-7.

*Five of those overtime games have come in the last 14 meetings.

*Both Penn and Princeton went 22-of-54 from the field in the game, and both teams made nine three-point shots (Penn took 19 treys, Princeton took 17).

*Penn fell to 0-7 when putting just two players in double figures in the scoring category, and 0-9 when making fewer free throws than its opponent.

*Penn is 0-7 when scoring in the 50s this season.

*Penn scored just 19 points in the first half, the second time this year the Quakers have had a sub-20 half (the first came at Pitt, when Penn had 18 first-half points).

*Senior Tyler Bernardini led Penn with 19 points, the sixth time in the last 10 games he has led the Quakers.

*Bernardini is averaging 18.3 ppg over Penn's last 10 games.

*Bernardini tied a career high with five three-point baskets, and his 5-of-6 performance beyond the arc is the best by a Penn player in the Jerome Allen coaching era.

*Freshman Miles Cartwright was the only other Penn player to score in double figures, with 11 points.

*Cartwright has scored in double figures in three straight games, five of the last six, and seven of the last nine.

*Junior Zack Rosen tied a season high with four steals.

*Freshman Fran Dougherty set new season/career highs with seven points and seven rebounds, playing 28 minutes.

*Senior Jack Eggleston scored nine points, snapping a four-game streak of double-figure scoring games.

*Rosen and Dougherty tied for team-leading honors with seven rebounds apiece; it marked the first time in 15 games that the Quakers were not led in rebounding by Eggleston (he had six).

*The only other player to see time off the bench was senior Zack Gordon, who played 15 minutes, scored five points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked two shots (all of those were career highs); it was just his fifth appearance this season.

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