Men's Basketball Hosts Battle for 33rd on Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - Just three days after a disheartening loss at Manhattan, the Penn men's basketball team has a chance to right the ship. The Quakers host "The Battle for 33rd Street" on Saturday night, as Drexel makes the short trip south in the latest installment of this neighborhood rivalry.

GAME 3 - PENN (1-1) vs. DREXEL (1-0)
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Joe Altomonte, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) /Drexel Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Drexel Series
*The Quakers and the Dragons have met 22 times on the hardwood, wtih Penn holding a 15-7 lead in the series.

*That said, Drexel has won the last three meetings -- 58-49 last season, 66-64 in 2008-09, and 67-59 in overtime in 2007-08.

*Last year's Drexel win was led by Jamie Harris, who had 22 points. Evan Neisler had a double-double for the Dragons, with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Gerald Colds added 10 points and also dished out three assists. For Penn, Zack Rosen scored 13 points while two players recorded double-doubles -- Mike Howlett (10 points, 13 rebounds) and Jack Eggleston (10 points, 11 boards).

*Given that it was on earlier this week, you might remember that two years ago the Penn-Drexel game was part of ESPN's 24-hour Tip-Off Marathon, playing at the DAC for the first time in history.

Unforgettably Forgettable
Last year's game featured no three-point baskets -- Penn went 0-for-8 beyond the arc, while Drexel was 0-for-11 (snapping a streak of 520 straight games hitting at least one trey). Prior to that, the last time two NCAA Division I teams had combined for an oh-fer beyond the arc was February 9, 2002, when Charleston Southern and Elon went a combined 0-for-18 in a 61-52 Charleston win.

Scouting Drexel
The Dragons enter tonight's game having not played since Nov. 12, eight days ago. On that night, Chris Fouch scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half as Drexel opened with a 75-72 win at Loyola. The win gave Bruiser Flint his 150th victory at the school. Samme Givens had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Dartaye Ruffin scored nine points in his collegiate debut, while Frantz Massenat and Derrick Thomas had eight points apiece.

Historic Debut
Freshman Miles Cartwright made quite an impression in his debut wearing a Red and Blue uniform last Saturday, setting a Penn freshman record by scoring 18 points in a season opener. The last Penn player to score at least 18 points in his debut was Matt Maloney, who opened his Penn career with 22 points against Virginia on Dec. 1, 1992 as a sophomore after transferring from Vanderbilt. The last time a freshman led Penn in scoring in a season opener was Nov. 11, 1999, when Ugonna Onyekwe scored 14 points in the Quakers' 67-50 loss at Kentucky (he tied for team-high honors with Matt Langel). Perhaps most impressive about Cartwright's night? All of his 18 points came in the first half, when he came on in relief of Zack Rosen, who was plagued by early foul trouble. Not surprisingly, Cartwright was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday.

Red Hot!
*Senior Jack Eggleston is not only leading Penn in scoring (18.5 ppg) and rebounding (11.0 rpg), he is shooting 80 percent from the field (12 of 15) including 71.4 percent from three-point land (5 of 7).

Quaker Notemeal From Manhattan
*As a team, Penn set team lows in the post-Fran Dunphy era (starting with the 2006-07 season) by scoring 15 second-half points and collecting just one steal.

*Manhattan tied an opponent low in the post-Dunphy era by committing just six turnovers.

*For the second straight game, Jack Eggleston had 11 rebounds -- and for the second straight game, all of them came on the defensive glass.

*Eggleston also scored a game-high 22 points, two shy of his career high and the 45th double-figure scoring game he has had at Penn.

*Eggleston's double-double was his second in as many games this season, and his eighth as a collegian.

*Junior Zack Rosen was the only other Penn player in double figures, scoring 14 points. Rosen has hit double figures in 16 straight games dating back to last season, and 27 of Penn's last 28 contests. Overall, he has 40 career double-figure scoring games as a Quaker.

*Two freshmen saw their first collegiate action, Fran Dougherty and Dau Jok. Dougherty contributed two points and six rebounds in 15 minutes.

Notemeal From Davidson
*The win was Penn's first in a season opener since 2005-06 (82-77 over Siena).

*Eggleston had his seventh collegiate double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

*Eggleston, who played the entire game, also established a career high with four blocked shots.

* Rosen scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half after playing less than three minutes in the first due to foul trouble.

*In his first action since last year's second game at Villanova, senior Tyler Bernardini had seven points (six in the first half) and three rebounds in 22 minutes.

*Another senior who missed much of last year, Andreas Schreiber, got the start at center and played 10 minutes with two points and three boards.

The Injury Report

*Senior Dan Monckton, juniors Mike Howlett and Larry Loughery, and freshman Marin Kukoc have not dressed yet this season due to injury. Monckton averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year -- numbers that jumped to 9.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg in Ivy League play -- while Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.

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