Men's Basketball Hosts #19/21 Temple Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA - Coming off his first win as a collegiate head coach, Penn's interim head coach Jerome Allen would be hard-pressed to find a higher-profile game for his home debut. Wednesday night, he leads the Quakers against Temple and the man who originally recruited him to Penn as a player and guided his teams to record success here at The Palestra -- Fran Dunphy.

This is the third time in the last four years Dunphy has returned to The Palestra to face the program he led for 17 years, guiding the Quakers to 310 wins and 11 Ivy League titles. However, while Dunphy has faced his former assistant coaches many times over the years, Wednesday will mark the first time that he has matched coaching wits with one of his former Penn players.

The other Penn connections among the coaching staffs? New Penn assistant Vince Curran also played for Dunphy at Penn; Temple assistants Matt Langel and Shawn Trice played for and coached with Dunphy at Penn (Trice was Allen's teammate, in fact); and Temple assistant Dave Duke coached with Dunphy at Penn.

GAME 12 - PENN (1-10) vs. #19/21 TEMPLE (13-3)
Philadelphia, (The Palestra)
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: None (video stream on PSN)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Temple Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Temple
The Quakers and the Owls are meeting for the 65th time, with Temple holding a 42-22 lead in the city series.

Temple has won each of the last two outings and five of the last six against Penn.

In keeping with the original spirit of the Big 5 rivalry, this is the sixth trip Temple has made to The Palestra in the last eight years (Penn has gone to the Owls' Liacouras Center the other two times).

Temple handily won last year's game here at The Palestra, 78-53, as Dionte Christmas had 25 points. For Penn, Zack Rosen had 12 points and Rob Belcore scored 11.

Penn vs. The Atlantic 10
Penn enters this three-game stand against Temple, La Salle and Saint Joseph's with a 105-128 all-time against schools that currently compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference...
Dayton ... 0-1
Duquesne ... 4-1
Fordham ... 2-6
George Washington ... 0-1
La Salle ... 38-24
Massachusetts ... 1-3
Rhode Island ... 1-1
Richmond ... 3-2
St. Bonaventure ... 1-2
Saint Joseph's ... 32-45
Saint Louis ... 0-1
Temple ... 22-42

Change at the Top...
Tonight's game will be Penn's fifth under interim head coach Jerome Allen, who took over for Glen Miller following Penn's loss at Monmouth on December 12. One of Penn's all-time great players and a Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee a year ago, Allen led the Quakers to three consecutive undefeated Ivy League seasons from 1993-95 before enjoying a pro career that spanned the NBA and Europe, ending last year when he retired from Snaidero Basket (in Italy's Serie A). A two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, Allen scored 1,518 career points and ended his career as the program's all-time leader in assists and steals. This was his first season as an assistant coach with the Quakers.

Allen, in turn, has added Vince Curran (Penn '92) as an assistant coach. Curran is known to Penn fans as the radio analyst of the Quakers, but will be on the bench for the rest of the season.

Home at Last...
It has been 36 days since the Quakers last played a game at home (December 8, a 78-60 loss to Albany). Tonight's game begins a three-game homestand against Big 5 opponents -- La Salle comes to The Palestra next week, followed by Saint Joseph's on Monday, Jan. 25 -- then Penn opens Ivy League play with four road games.

Did You Know?
Sophomore guard Zack Rosen has been asked to shoulder more of the scoring load with Penn's myriad injuries, and responded by leading the Quakers in scoring in each of the last two games, four of the last five, and seven of the last nine contests.

Quaker Notemeal...
Penn has made more three-point baskets than two-point baskets in each of the last two game (13 threes, 11 twos at UMBC; 10 threes, 9 twos at Lafayette).

Penn has knocked down at least 10 three-pointers in five of the last nine games, including a combined 23 in the last two contests (13 at UMBC, 10 at Lafayette).

Penn has shot better than 80 percent at the foul line each of the last three games.

Sophomore Zack Rosen has scored in double figures in nine straight games (19.0 ppg) -- including 58 points in the last two contests -- and is shooting 53.2 percent (25 of 47) from three-point land over Penn's last seven contests.

Rosen is 49 of 55 (89.1 percent) from the foul line since going 2-for-5 in the season opener; he enters Wednesday's game having hit 27 of his last 29 (93.1 percent).

Junior Jack Eggleston has scored in double figures in eight of Penn's 11 games this season -- he also has two nine-point outings -- and has snared 11 rebounds in each of the last two games.

Senior Darren Smith has scored at least eight points in each of the Penn's last seven games, including 15 last Wednesday at UMBC and 10 two weeks ago at Duke.

Smith has hit at least two three-pointers in each of the last six games, and knocked down five in last week's win at UMBC.

Junior Conor Turley has started each of the last four contests at center for Penn; he had a career-high 13 points and season-high seven rebounds last week at UMBC.

Junior Dan Monckton has already played more minutes (172) and scored more points (38) than in his first two seasons combined; he had 11 points at UMBC, his first double-figure scoring game as a Quaker.

Quaker Notemeal From UMBC..
Penn played just seven players in the game, a season low.

Penn hit 13 three-point baskets, the most in a game since Dec. 4, 2004 (13 vs. La Salle).

Penn had season-best percentages from the field overall (24-of-48, 50 percent) and on three-pointers (13-of-24, 54.2 percent); in fact, the last time Penn shot so well from beyond the arc in a game was Feb. 22, 2008 (12 of 17, 70.6 percent at Dartmouth).

Penn took more foul shots (26) than its opponent (21) for the fifth time this season, but just the first time in the last five games.

UMBC had 21 rebounds, the fewest by a Penn opponent since Brown had 21 on Feb. 2, 2007, and the Quakers' +14 rebound margin was its best against an opponent since Feb. 22, 2008 (+20 at Dartmouth, 49-29).

Penn tied a season low with 11 turnovers, and its 17/11 assist/turnover ratio was a season best.

Sophomore Zack Rosen had 28 points, giving him 58 in the last two games; he is shooting 11-of-19 from three-point land in that time.

Senior Darren Smith buried a career-high five three-pointers for all of his 15 points, his fourth game in double figures this season

Junior Dan Monckton had career highs in points (11) and three-point baskets (2).

Junior Jack Eggleston had 11 rebounds for the second game in a row and the third time this season, and had a career-high five assists.

Junior Conor Turley had a career-high 13 points and a season-best seven rebounds.

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