GAME 5 - PENN (3-1) vs. WAGNER (3-1)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Wagner Game Notes (PDF)
First Time For Everything
Penn and Wagner are meeting for the first time in men's basketball. This marks the second straight game in which the Quakers are facing a new opponent -- Robert Morris was the opponent on Saturday night. Like RMU, Wagner plays in the Northeast Conference; Penn is 14-1 against teams from the NEC.
The Seahawks boast an impressive 16-point win over defending Ivy League champion Princeton and a 12-point loss to No. 4 UConn already this season. Most recently, Wagner defeated Lafayette 76-70. Tyler Murray leads the Hawks in scoring (14.3 ppg), followed by Latif Rivers (14.0) and Jonathon Williams (12.0). Kenneth Ortiz is averaging 9.5 points per game and has dished out a team-high 15 assists.
Wagner's head coach is Danny Hurley, who was Penn senior guard Zack Rosen's high school coach at St. Benedict's Prep.
2 For 2!
Speaking of Rosen, on Monday he was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks. In a 2-1 week for the Quakers, Rosen went for 27 points (including seven three-point baskets) against Temple, dropped 19 after halftime in an overtime win at Rider, and had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. Robert Morris on Saturday.
Quaker Notemeal vs. Robert Morris
*At 3-1, Penn is off to its best four-game start since the 2005-06 season.
*Penn hit a season-high 10 three-point shots and shot its best percentage from beyond the arc this season (50 percent).
*Senior guard Zack Rosen had a double-double in the game, with 19 points and 10 assists. It was Rosen's third double-double at Penn, and the first by a Quaker player this season.
*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini scored a season-high 19 points and also led all players with eight rebounds. He has led the Quakers in rebounding in three of their four games.
*Senior forward Mike Howlett scored seven points and had a season-high seven rebounds.
*Senior forward Rob Belcore had three steals, giving him seven in Penn's last two games.
*Sophomore Miles Cartwright had 12 points, his second straight game in double figures.