Men's Basketball Hosts Brown, Yale This Weekend

PHILADELPHIA -It was all smiles around the Penn men's basketball program after last Friday, when the Quakers led pretty much wire-to-wire against the two-time defending champion Cornell Big Red. However, those smiles were short-lived, thanks toa loss one night laterto Columbia and another Tuesday night to Princeton. Stuck in fifth place in the Ivy standings, the Quakers will look to move back into the upper half with home games against Brown and Yale this weekend. These contests mark the fourth and fifth home games the Red and Blue will play in an eight-day span.

GAME 22 - PENN (4-17, 3-4) vs. BROWN (8-17, 2-6)
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: The Comcast Network (Scott Graham, Bob Lampinen)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

GAME 23 - PENN vs. YALE (10-15, 4-4)
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: The Comcast Network (Jon Gurevitch, Rob Kennedy)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Brown
* The Quakers and the Bears have met 117 times previously on the hardwood, with the Quakers holding a sizable 97-20 lead in the series.

* Penn swept Brown last year, the only team that the Quakers swept in Ivy play in 2008-09. Two years ago, it was Brown sweeping Penn. Before that, Penn had won six in a row.

* Penn gained a controversial, 55-54 win in Providence earlier this season when Dan Monckton tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer that the referees ruled good. They were the last of Monckton's 11 points on the night; Zack Rosen scored 19 and Jack Eggleston added 18 to go with nine rebounds. For Brown, Tucker Halpern came off the bench to score 14 points, while Matt Mullery had 12 and Garrett Leffelman added 10.

Penn vs. Yale
* The Quakers and the Bulldogs have met 211 times previously in men's basketball, with Penn holding a 142-69 advantage.

* Penn had won four in a row until last year's second meeting, an 87-79 Yale win here at The Palestra in Philadelphia.

* Earlier this season, the Bulldogs jumped out with the game's first 11 points and never looked back in gaining a 61-48 win in New Haven. Porter Braswell led Yale with 14 points, while Greg Mangano had 10. For Penn, Jack Eggleston led the way with a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds). Zack Rosen scored 14 points and Dan Monckton added 11.

Saturday is Take A Kid to the Game Night
Saturday night's Yale game is part of the NCAA promotion "Take A Kid to the Game." Area youth 12 and under are invited to attend this special event and receive a free ticket with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. Penn is hosting one of more than 700 games that will be played across the country as part of the Take A Kid to the Game (TAKG) program, now in its 15th season. The project is a grassroots initiative that attracts the nation's youth and encourages adults to take kids to area college basketball games. To learn more about this exciting event, or to purchase tickets go to

Around The League This Weekend
While Penn attempts to keep ahead of Brown and move ahead of Yale in the standings, Princeton (6-1) will face the Bulldogs Friday and the Bears Saturday in the hopes of staying in the race. With regard to championship implications, the biggest game this weekend takes place Friday night at Harvard, where the Crimson (6-2) host Cornell (7-1) hoping to avenge their 36-point loss in Ithaca a few weeks back. Dartmouth (0-8) and Columbia (3-5) also play Friday night; on Saturday, Cornell is at Dartmouth and Columbia is at Harvard.

Quaker Notemeal
* Penn has gone 88 of 103 (85.4 percent) from the foul line over the last six games, and has shot 75 percent or better from the charity stripe in 12 of its last 13 contests. Penn's percentage the last six games is helped by the fact that its top two foul shooters are taking most of the shots -- Zack Rosen is 41 of 47 from the foul line, Jack Eggleston is 23 of 29, and the rest of the Penn team is 24 of 27.

* After shooting a combined 49 of 91 (53.8 percent) from the field last weekend against Cornell and Columbia, Penn shot just 16 of 50 (32 percent) against Princeton on Tuesday night.

* Penn's assist/turnover ratio for the last three games is 1.22 (44 assists/36 turnovers); in the five games prior to that, it was 0.62 (49/79).

* Rosen, who leads all Ivy League players in conference scoring at 16.6 ppg, has hit double figures in seven straight games; prior to that, he hit double digits in 11 straight games before being held to eight against Saint Joseph's on January 25. That was the longest stretch of double-figure scoring games by a Penn player since Mark Zoller ended his college career with 11 such games in 2006-07.

* Eggleston was this week's Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week; he has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight games and 16 games overall this season.

* Eggleston has played 279 of a possible 280 minutes in Penn's seven Ivy League games; he was subbed out in the final minute of the Quakers' win against Cornell, when the game was in hand.

* After scoring 27 points in the Quakers' first ten games -- and a combined 20 in his first two seasons before that -- junior Dan Monckton has knocked down 86 in the last 11 contests.

* Sophomore Rob Belcore has scored 32 points in the last three games, after scoring a combined 34 over a 13-game span from Dec. 8 to Feb. 6.

* Senior Darren Smith scored 17 points last weekend (8 vs. Cornell, 9 vs. Columbia), but was shut out against Princeton, the fourth time that has happened in the last seven games.

* Sophomore Mike Howlett returned to action last weekend, after missing 11 games due to a foot injury; in three contests, he has 28 points (13 of 21 from the field) and 18 rebounds.

Quaker Notemeal From Princeton...
* Princeton attempted just 38 field goals, an opponent low in the post-Dunphy era at Penn.

* Penn shot 32 percent from the field, a season low.

* Junior Jack Eggleston set a season high and tied a career best with three steals.

* Sophomore Rob Belcore led Penn with six rebounds, becoming the seventh different Penn player to lead the Quakers in boards in a game this season.

* Senior Justin Reilly made his first field goal but missed his second, ending a streak of 10 straight field goals made over a five-game span.

About That Cornell Win Last Friday...
* The win was Penn's first over a ranked opponent since Nov. 23, 1998 (Cornell entered the game ranked 22nd in the latest USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll).

* The win snapped a four-game Cornell winning streak in the series between the Quakers and the Big Red.

* Penn's 79-point output was its best since Jan. 6 (82 points at UMBC), a span of eight games, and its best in Ivy play since Feb. 28, 2009 (79 at Brown), a span of nine conference contests.

* Penn's field goal and three-point totals (27, 11) were the team's second-best this season-the Quakers hit 29 field goals at Monmouth on Dec. 12, and 13 treys at UMBC on Jan. 6.

* Penn shot a season-best 56.3 percent from the field (27 of 48) and went 52.4 percent from beyond the arc which is the second-best this season (below the 54.2 percent at UMBC).

* Penn went 14 of 17 from the foul line, the fourth straight game over 80 percent and the 10th time in 11 games the Quakers have been 75 percent or better. (Penn would go 13 of 15 the next night to add on to both streaks.)

* Penn outrebounded Cornell, 30-25, the fifth time in six games the Quakers have matched or bettered their opponent in that statistic.

* Penn had an assist/turnover ratio above 1.00 for the first time since La Salle, a span of six games, and just the fifth time this season (18/12, a 1.50 ratio).

* Junior Jack Eggleston had a career-high 24 points (previous career best 19, set three times) and also set a new standard with four three-pointers.

* When Eggleston was taken out in the final minute, it marked the first time he has been subbed out of an Ivy League game this season. (That streak continued the next night against Columbia, when he played all 40 minutes.)

* Sophomore Zack Rosen had 22 points, his sixth game with at least 20 points this season and his team-high 16th double-figure scoring contest. (He added another double-digit game the next night with 11 against Columbia.)

* Sophomore Rob Belcore had 10 points, his first double-figure scoring game since he had 12 at Navy on December 4, and set a new career high with four steals (also the team high for this season).

* Senior Darren Smith had eight points, his 11th time reaching that mark this season but the first so far in Ivy play. (He followed that up with nine points the next night against Columbia.)

* Sophomore Dan Monckton was held scoreless for the first time since November 16 at Villanova, but tied a season/career best with four assists in 23 minutes.

* Sophomore Mike Howlett saw his first action since December 12 at Monmouth -- he missed 11 games due to injury -- and contributed nine points and nine rebounds in 18 minutes. Five of his boards were on the offensive glass. (The next night, against Columbia, Howlett led Penn with 14 points and snared five more rebounds.)

The Injury Report...
Junior Conor Turley (fingers) was injured last Friday against Cornell, and after having surgery earlier this week he is done for the season ... Preseason projected starters Tyler Bernardini (foot) and Andreas Schreiber (shoulder) have missed the last 19 games and are done for the season ... Sophomore Larry Loughery (hip) has missed the last 18 games and is done for the season.

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