Men's Basketball Hosts Albany Tuesday

PHILADELPHIA - There is no way to sugarcoat it, the members of the Penn men's basketball team are frustrated. That much was apparent to anyone who was in the locker room following Friday's loss at Navy. The severely hobbled Quakers are still looking for that elusive first win this season, and the next opportunity comes Tuesday night with the University at Albany in town.

GAME 6 - PENN (0-5) vs. UALBANY (3-6)
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009 * 7 p.m.
TV: PSN (Internet only)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye...

Tuesday night's game with Albany represents the only home game Penn will play in The Palestra this month. In fact, this is the last opportunity for Penn fans to see their team for more than a month, as the next game comes January 13 when Temple comes calling.

Penn vs. UAlbany

* The Quakers and the Great Danes met for just the first time last year, with Albany taking a 73-63 decision over the Thanksgiving weekend in SEFCU Arena.

(Penn's second meeting with UAlbany comes on the heels of its 81st meeting with Navy, which was played last Friday. The Quakers have met and beaten the Midshipmen more than any other non-Ivy League team in their history)

* In last year's meeting, Tyler Bernardini led Penn with 19 points, while Jack Eggleston had 13 and Zack Rosen scored 12 points and dished out eight assists.

Welcome Back!

This game represents a homecoming of sorts for Albany head coach Will Brown, who began his college career at Penn. It was a brief stay; he played in the 1990-91 season opener against Kentucky -- two minutes, two points (on FT), an assist and a steal -- but left at the end of that semester and enrolled at Dowling College in New York.

Penn vs. America East

Last year's loss to the Great Danes was Penn's first ever against an America East program; of course, the Quakers entered that game having played an AE team just five times...
Albany ... 0-1
Boston University ... 1-0
Hartford ... 2-0
New Hampshire ... 2-0

Did You Know?

When Mike Howlett put up back-to-back double-doubles against Delaware (14 points, 14 rebounds) and Drexel (10 points, 13 rebounds), it marked the first time a Penn player had done that since Mark Zoller in the 2006-07 season. That year, Zoller had double-doubles in consecutive Big 5 games, against La Salle (28 points, 10 rebounds) and Temple (19 points, 10 rebounds).

Quaker Notemeal From Navy...

* Penn tied a season high by hitting 10 three-pointers, and went 7-of-13 beyond the arc in the second half.

* Penn had a positive assist/turnover ratio (19/16) for the first time this season.

* Penn held Navy to 37.9-percent shooting from the field, the worst by an opponent this season.

* Junior Jack Eggleston had 18 points, one shy of a career high.

* Sophomore Zack Rosen had 18 points, giving him 56 in the last three games; he has led or tied for the lead in team scoring in all three.

* Rosen hit five three-pointers, not just a career high but also tied for the most by a Penn player in the Glen Miller coaching era. (The last player to hit five in a game was Tyler Bernardini on March 7, 2008 vs. Cornell)

* Rosen also had a season-high seven assists.

* Sophomore Mike Howlett had seven rebounds, giving him 34 in the last three games and 41 in the last four contests.

* Sophomore Rob Belcore had a season-high five assists, giving him nine in the last two games.

* Belcore's 12 points marked his second double-figure scoring outing this season.

* Junior Dan Monckton tied a career high with six rebounds and finished one point shy of a career best with five.

* Freshman Sean Mullan saw his first collegiate action, playing three minutes in the first half.

* In addition to missing starters Tyler Bernardini and Andreas Schreiber for the third straight game, Penn also played without three other injured players-sophomore Larry Loughery, freshman Brian Fitzpatrick and senior Justin Reilly. (Reilly did not even make the trip to Annapolis)

Notemeal From Drexel...

* Penn shot a season-best 78.9 percent from the foul line (15 of 19).

* Penn outrebounded its opponent for the second straight game.

* Drexel's 58 points were the fewest allowed by Penn so far this season.

* Drexel did not hit a three-pointer in the game (0 for 11), marking the first time in a span of 520 games -- dating back to 1992 -- that the Dragons did not hit a trey in a game.

* Unfortunately, Penn also went without a three-point basket for the second time in the Glen Miller coaching era (0 for 8); the other time was Feb. 2, 2008 against Dartmouth.

* According to Stats, Inc., the last time two NCAA Division I teams combined on an oh-fer from beyond the arc was February 9, 2002, when Charleston Southern and Elon went a combined 0-for-18 in a 61-52 Charleston win.

* Howlett recorded his second double-double in as many games, with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

* Eggleston had his second collegiate double-double, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. His first came in the 2008-09 season opener, when he had 11 points and 12 boards at No. 1 North Carolina.

* Rosen led Penn in scoring for the second straight game, with 13 points.

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