Men's Basketball Hosts La Salle Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA - Now that the Jerome Allen-Fran Dunphy meeting is out of the way, Penn has had a week to focus on its next Philadelphia Big 5 test. La Salle comes to The Palestra Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Explorers are 9-8 overall, boasting a lineup that has a nice combination of veteran experience and outstanding young talent.

GAME 12 - PENN (1-10) vs. LA SALLE (9-8)
Philadelphia, (The Palestra)
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: None (video streaming on PennAthletics.com)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Stan Pawlak)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

La Salle Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. La Salle
* The Quakers and the Explorers have met 62 previous times on the hardwood, and Penn holds a 38-24 lead in the series. La Salle is the only Big 5 team that Penn has a winning record against.

* That said, La Salle has won the last two meetings, a 62-58 decision here at The Palestra two years ago and a 79-70 game at the Tom Gola Arena last season.

* Penn's last win in this rivalry was certainly a memorable one, a 93-92 shootout at the Gola on January 18, 2007. It remains the highest-scoring one-point game in Penn basketball history.

* In La Salle's win a year ago, Rodney Green went off for 26 points to pace the Explorers. For Penn, Tyler Bernardini had 23 points.

Penn vs. The Atlantic 10
Following last week's 60-45 loss to No. 19 Temple, Penn enters Wednesday's game with a 105-128 all-time against schools that currently compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference...
Dayton ... 0-1
Duquesne ... 4-1
Fordham ... 2-6
George Washington ... 0-1
La Salle ... 38-24
Massachusetts ... 1-3
Rhode Island ... 1-1
Richmond ... 3-2
St. Bonaventure ... 1-2
Saint Joseph's ... 32-45
Saint Louis ... 0-1
Temple ... 22-43

Change at the Top...
Tonight's game will be Penn's sixth under interim head coach Jerome Allen, who took over for Glen Miller following Penn's loss at Monmouth on December 12. One of Penn's all-time great players and a Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee a year ago, Allen led the Quakers to three consecutive undefeated Ivy League seasons from 1993-95 before enjoying a pro career that spanned the NBA and Europe, ending last year when he retired from Snaidero Basket (in Italy's Serie A). A two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, Allen scored 1,518 career points and ended his career as the program's all-time leader in assists and steals. This was his first season as an assistant coach with the Quakers.

Allen, in turn, has added Vince Curran (Penn '92) as an assistant coach. Curran is known to Penn fans as the radio analyst of the Quakers, but will be on the bench for the rest of the season.

Home at Last...
After going 36 days without playing a home game, the Quakers hit the midpoint of a three-game homestand this evening. Adding to the festivities, all three are Big 5 contests -- Temple was here a week ago, escaping with a 60-45 win, and Saint Joseph's will be here Monday night at 7 p.m. (that game will be televised live on The Comcast Network). Following the SJU game, Penn hits the road for four straight Ivy League games to start the conference campaign.

Did You Know?
Sophomore guard Zack Rosen has been asked to shoulder more of the scoring load with Penn's myriad injuries, and responded by leading the Quakers in scoring in two of the last three games, four of the last six, and seven of the last ten contests.

Quaker Notemeal...
* Penn has knocked down at least 10 three-pointers in five of the last 10 games, including a combined 23 at Lafayette (10) and UMBC (13).

* Penn has shot better than 80 percent at the foul line each of the last four games, including a perfect 6-of-6 performance last week vs. Temple.

* Sophomore Zack Rosen has scored in double figures in ten straight games (18.1 ppg) and is shooting 50 percent (26 of 52) from three-point land over Penn's last eight contests.

* Rosen is 54 of 60 (90 percent) from the foul line since going 2-for-5 in the season opener; he enters Wednesday's game having hit 15 in a row and 32 of his last 34 (94.1 percent).

* Junior Jack Eggleston has scored in double figures in nine of Penn's 12 games this season -- he also has two nine-point outings -- and snared 29 combined rebounds in the last three games (9.7).

* Senior Darren Smith had streaks of consecutive games with at least eight points (7) and consecutive games with at least two three-pointers (6) snapped last week vs. Temple (3 points on one trey).

* Junior Conor Turley has started each of the last five contests at center for Penn; he had a career-high 13 points and season-high seven rebounds at UMBC, then matched the board total last week against Temple.

* Junior Dan Monckton has scored 21 points in the last two games, going for 11 vs. UMBC and 10 vs. Temple; prior to that he had scored 27 for the season. Prior to that, he had scored 20 for his collegiate career.

The Injury Report...
Preseason projected starters Tyler Bernardini (foot) and Andreas Schreiber (shoulder) have missed the last 10 games and are done for the season ... Sophomore Larry Loughery has missed the last nine games (hip) and is done for the season ... Sophomore Mike Howlett, who started four games after Schreiber went down, has missed the last contests (foot) and his return is undetermined ... Freshman Sean Mullan has missed the last three games (thumb) and his return is undetermined.

Quaker Notemeal From Temple...
* The game was Penn's first at The Palestra in the Jerome Allen coaching era, and it matched him up on the sideline against the man who originally recruited Allen to Penn and coached him here as a player -- Fran Dunphy; this marked the first time Coach Dunphy has matched head-coaching wits with one of his former Quaker players.

* Penn matched team lows in the post-Dunphy era with six free-throw attempts and 21 second-half points.

* On the flip side, the Quakers went 6-for-6 from the foul line, the first time they have finished a game perfect at the charity stripe since Jan. 12, 2007 (10-for-10 at Cornell).

* Junior Dan Monckton had his second straight double-figure scoring game (10 points) and set a career high with four assists.

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