PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team turns the calendar to 2016 with a Saturday matinee against Binghamton. This will be the Quakers’ final test before they open Ivy League play on January 9 against archrival Princeton at The Palestra.
GAME 13 – PENN (5-7) vs. BINGHAMTON (3-9)
Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016 * 1 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
The Series with Binghamton
*The Quakers and the Bearcats have met just two times previously, with Penn winning both matchups including a 79-70 win in upstate New York last season.
*Penn is 10-2 all-time against programs that currently play in the America East Conference (0-2 vs. Albany, 2-0 vs. Binghamton, 2-0 vs. Hartford, 2-0 vs. New Hampshire, 3-0 vs. UMBC).
While the Quakers are youthful, it does not mean they are inexperienced. In fact, four Penn players have played more than 1,000 collegiate minutes -- senior Darien Nelson-Henry (2,043), sophomore Antonio Woods (1,260), senior Jamal Lewis (1,210), and junior Matt Howard (1,186)—while three other sophomores have played more than 500 minutes (Darnell Foreman, 829; Sam Jones, 778; Mike Auger, 515).
*Through 12 games, Penn has a 1.11 assist/turnover ratio (166/149); last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.
*Penn is averaging 12.4 turnovers per game; last year, the Quakers averaged 15.0 turnovers per game.
*Penn has hit 10 three-point baskets in three different games already this season (against Robert Morris, Temple, Ursinus), a number they hit just once all of last year.
*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry reached double figures in the rebounding column in four straight games (11.5 rpg during that stretch) before grabbing six boards Monday night at Villanova.
*Sophomore Sam Jones -- who has hit double digits in scoring seven times -- has 44 field goals this season; 36 of them have been three-pointers. 101 of his 113 field-goal attempts have come from beyond the arc.
*In the last seven games, sophomore Antonio Woods has scored 20 first-half points and 69 points after halftime (0/17 at Lafayette, 3/13 vs. Navy, 3/7 at George Mason, 6/16 vs. Temple, 3/4 vs. Ursinus, 5/12 at Drexel); for the season, he has 34 first-half points and 97 second-half points.
*Freshman Jackson Donahue has scored 36 points this season; the last 33 have all been scored in the second halves of games (3 at Washington, 12 vs. Temple, 18 at Villanova).
Notemeal at Villanova
*This was Penn’s first game this season against a ranked team; the Wildcats were 16th in both the Associated Press (media) and USA Today/ESPN (coaches) polls.
*Freshman Jackson Donahue made his first collegiate start and finished with season/career highs in points (18), three-point FG (5), rebounds (4), steals (3), and minutes (31). All of his 18 points came in the second half, and the 18 points matched his output for the entire season prior to this game.
*Junior Matt Howard scored 11 points, all of them in second half, to finish as the only other Penn player in double figures.
*Freshman Jake Silpe had six assists, a season/career high, and had just one turnover.
*Junior Dylan Jones scored his first points of the season, on a dunk.
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