PHILADELPHIA – After an encouraging but frustrating loss to start the season last Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team struggled in a 73-57 loss to Rider on Tuesday. On Saturday, the Quakers host a veteran Lafayette squad that comes to The Palestra looking to win its third straight in this series. The Quakers and Leopards will tip off at 7 p.m.
GAME 3 – PENN (0-2) vs. LAFAYETTE (2-1)
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 * 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
The Series With Lafayette
*The Quakerslead the series, 40-7, but the Leopards have won two in a row, three of the last five, and four of the last seven meetings.
*Lafayette won last year’s meeting in Easton, 79-76, as Tony Hicks’ game-tying shot fell off the rim at the end. Fran Dougherty led Penn with 26 points, while Hicks finished with 16. For Lafayette, Seth Hinrichs scored 28 while Joey Ptasinski came off the bench to score 16.
*One of Penn’s most regular non-conference matchups, the Quakers and the Leopards have played each other every season since 1988-89 with the exception of 2006-07. After Ivy League and Big 5 opponents, Penn has played only Navy (81 times) and Penn State (48) more often than Lafayette.
The Leopards (2-1) are coming off an 83-66 win at home against Princeton on Wednesday, after opening the season with a 27-point win (at Robert Morris) and a 27-point loss (at West Virginia). Four players are averaging double figures in the scoring department, led by Dan Trist (15.3 ppg) and Nick Lindner (14.3 ppg). Trist is also averaging 6.3 rebounds per game, while Joey Ptasinski (11.7 ppg) has a team-high nine three-point baskets.
The Teacher(s) and The Pupil
Saturday marks the first of two straight games in which Penn head coach Jerome Allen faces off against one of his coaches from his Quaker playing days. After matching wits with Fran O’Hanlon on Saturday -- O’Hanlon was an assistant coach on Allen’s teams in the mid-1990s -- Allen will take on his head coach from those days, Fran Dunphy, Tuesday night at Temple.
Weekly Honors For Hicks, Woods
Penn picked up a pair of honors on Monday, following the first weekend of game action. Junior guard Tony Hicks was named the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week after his 31-point performance Saturday against Delaware State, while freshman guard Antonio Woods was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after scoring 11 points Saturday.
Home is Where the Wins Are
Penn entered the 2014-15 season with 809 wins at The Palestra, which opened in 1927. In an informal survey of the other NCAA Division I programs, only Washington (946 wins at Hec Edmundson Pavilion) and Butler (834 wins at Hinkle Fieldhouse) boast more wins in their current home than the Quakers. The Edmundson Pavilion was opened in 1927, while the Bulldogs opened Hinkle in 1928.
The Quaker Notemeal from Rider
*Junior Tony Hicks led Penn in scoring for the second time in as many games, with 11 points.
*After going scoreless in his collegiate debut last Saturday, freshman Mike Auger scored 10 points and was the only other Penn player in double figures on Tuesday night.
*Auger also led Penn with eight rebounds, and played a team-high 32 minutes.
*Junior Darien Nelson-Henry scored Penn’s first six points, but was saddled by foul trouble after that and finished with eight in only 15 minutes.
*After scoring 11 points in his debut, freshman Antonio Woods had seven points, five rebounds and four assists (with just one turnover) Tuesday night.
*Freshman Sam Jones scored nine points on a trio of three-point baskets; he has scored 17 points this season on five treys and one two-pointer (that was shot just inside the three-point line).
*Senior Greg Louis had two assists, a career high, while sophomore Matt Howard tied a career best with two assists as well.
*Five of Penn’s six freshmen got into the game on Tuesday, playing 111 of Penn’s 200 minutes; through two games, they have played 213 of 425 possible minutes.