Men's Basketball Hosts La Salle Tuesday Night

PHILADELPHIA - It is nothing but Philadelphia Big 5 and Ivy League play the rest of the way for the Penn men's basketball team, starting Tuesday night when the Quakers host a hot La Salle team at The Palestra. This is Penn's final tune-up before starting the "14-Game Tournament" that is the Ivy League regular season; the Red and Blue are at Columbia and Cornell this weekend to tip off conference play.

GAME 16 - PENN (7-8) vs. LA SALLE (12-4)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / La Salle Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-La Salle Series
*The Quakers and Explorers have met 64 times, with Penn holding a 38-26 advantage in the series.

*These teams needed overtime to decide things a year ago at the Gola Arena, before La Salle grabbed an 89-83 win. Zack Rosen led five Penn players in double figures, with 19 points, while Tyler Bernardini had 17 and Miles Cartwright added 12.

*La Salle has won four in a row in the series; prior to that, Penn had won six straight over their neighbors from Olney.

About La Salle
The Explorers are arguably the hottest team in Philadelphia right now, having won five games in a row and 10 of their last 11. On Sunday, La Salle defeated Massachusetts 82-75 to improve to 2-0 in Atlantic-10 play. The first one was the eye-opener -- the Explorers knocked off preseason favorite Xavier, 80-70. South Carolina transfer Ramon Galloway leads four players who are averaging double figures, with 15.5 points per game, while Earl Pettis is at 14.2 ppg and Tyreek Duren is at 13.1 ppg. Sam Mills is averaging 12.0 ppg. Jerrell Wright leads La Salle with 6.4 rebounds per game, and Duren leads the Explorers with 74 assists.

Milestone Game
Senior guard Zack Rosen will play his 100th game for Penn when he takes the court against the Explorers. Rosen has started 97 of the 99 games he has played entering the La Salle contest.

Rosen a Finalist for Bob Cousy Award
In December the National Basketball Hall of Fame announced its candidates for the 2011-12 Bob Cousy Award, given annually to the nation's top point guard, and for the second straight year Penn's Zack Rosen was on the list. However, the bigger news came on January 4, when the list was whittled from 65 to 20 and Rosen was still on it. He was the only Ivy League or Big 5 point guard to survive the first cut (Brian Barbour of Columbia, Chris Wroblewski of Cornell, Brandyn Curry of Harvard, Tyreek Duren of La Salle, and Maalik Wayns of Villanova were on the original list). The Cousy Award list will be cut down to ten by February 1, and then a final five by March 1. The recipient will receive his award at the Final Four.

Record Setter!
Senior guard Zack Rosen had four assists last Wednesday at Lafayette, giving him 91 assists for the season and 506 for his career which is the program record. The previous mark of 505 was set by Rosen's current head coach, Jerome Allen, from 1992-95.

Record Book Watch

*Rosen has 1,412 career points which is 11th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Mark Zoller is 10th, with 1,429 points from 2004-07.)

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,307 career points which is 15th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Tony Price is 14th, with 1,322 points from 1977-79.)

*Rosen has played 3,511 career minutes which is sixth all-time. (Ibrahim Jaaber is fifth, with 3,569 minutes, while Jerome Allen is fourth with 3,570.)

*Rosen has 188 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time, while Bernardini is tied for seventh with Jerome Allen with 178. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.)

*Rosen has made 374 career foul shots which is seventh all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.)

*Rosen has started 97 games in his career, eighth all-time. (Koko Archibong is seventh, with 99 starts.)

*Bernardini has 91 career starts which is 10th all-time. (Mark Zoller is ninth, with 94 starts.)

Quaker Notemeal at Lafayette
*Penn shot 19-of-21 from the foul line and is 28-of-30 (.933) over the last two games.

*Lafayette took just 46 shots, tying the season low by a Penn opponent.

*Penn had 22 rebounds, a season low, while Lafayette had 29, the low by a Penn opponent.

*Lafayette made 11 three-point shots, tying the season high by a Penn opponent.

*Senior Zack Rosen had 24 points, his eighth game with 20 or more this season but first since he had 29 vs. Delaware on Dec. 7.

*Rosen led Penn in scoring for the 11th time in 15 games this season.

*Rosen went 4-of-4 from the foul line, and is now 51-of-53 from the charity stripe in Penn's last 11 contests, with streaks of 25 and 20 consecutive made during the current span.

*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored 17 points, his 12th double-figure scoring game.

*Bernardini also had seven rebounds to lead Penn, the ninth time he has led the Quakers in that category this season.

*Senior Rob Belcore had 12 points, the fifth time in seven games he has reached double figures in the scoring column; prior to this run, his last double-figure outing came during the 2009-10 season.

*Sophomore Miles Cartwright had 12 points, his second straight double-digit scoring game, fifth in the last seven contests, and seventh this season.

*Freshman Camryn Crocker scored five points, a season/career high.

*Sophomore Dau Jok grabbed two rebounds; that not only was a career best, it matched his rebound total for his entire career entering the game.

*Sophomore Steve Rennard collected a career-high two steals.

*Freshman Henry Brooks tied a season/career high with two assists.

Download: 16-La Salle.pdf