Men's Basketball Hosts Lafayette Tuesday

PHILADELPHIA - Just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Penn men's basketball team is looking to get the weekend off on the right foot. The Quakers host Lafayette at 7 p.m. Tuesday night in The Palestra.

GAME 4 - PENN (1-2) vs. LAFAYETTE (1-3)
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 * 7 p.m.
TV: None
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Lafayette Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Lafayette Series
*For the most part, the Quakers have dominated this series. They hold a 38-5 lead over the Leopards.

*Lafayette has had the upper hand over the last few seasons, though, winning two of the last three contests including a 77-62 decision in Easton, Pa. last season.

*For Penn, last year's loss came despite an outstanding offensive effort by Rosen-he finished with 30 points, still a career high. Eggleston had another double-double, with 19 points and 11 rebounds. For Lafayette, Jim Mower had 21 points to lead four Leopards in double figures.

Scouting Lafayette
The Leopards most recently played at Villanova, which is head coach Fran O'Hanlon's alma mater. It was an unpleasant return for the alum, as the Wildcats rolled, 86-41. Jared Mintz was the only Lafayette player in double figures, scoring 12 points. He leads the 'Pards in scoring (14.5 ppg) and is tied with Tony Johnson for the team lead in rebounding (5.0 rpg). Johnson also tops the team with 15 assists. Ryan Willen is averaging 14.3 points per game, while Philadelphia native Jim Mower is averaging 13.5 ppg.

I Know You!
Villanova Head Coach Fran O'Hanlon was a member of the Penn men's basketball staff for several years, and was an assistant with the Quakers when current Penn head coach Jerome Allen was wearing the Red and Blue as a player.

Three's a Crowd?
We don't want to jinx it, of course, but it is worth noting that Penn has three players who could reach the 1,000-point mark this season: senior Jack Eggleston (931 points entering the Lafayette game), junior Zack Rosen (764) and senior Tyler Bernardini (736). Currently, there are 34 members of Penn's 1,000-point club, the most recent coming Dec. 2, 2006 when Mark Zoller reached it.

Red Hot!
Eggleston is not only leading Penn in scoring (17.3 ppg) and rebounding (7.7 rpg), he is shooting 66.7 percent from the field (18 of 27) including 60 percent from three-point land (6 of 10).

Now This is Interesting...
Eggleston had 11 rebounds against both Davidson and Manhattan, but not one of them came on the offensive glass. By contrast, he had just one board in the Quakers' loss to Drexel -- and it came, you guessed it, on the offensive end. (By the way, Eggleston's next rebound will be his 500th in a Penn uniform.)

Death andTaxes...and Zack Rosen
Ben Franklin was known to have said, "the only things certain in life are death and taxes." (You might have heard of Mr. Franklin -- among other things, he founded the University of Pennsylvania.) AddRosen's offensive output to the list. The junior guard has scored in double figures in each of Penn's first three games this season, and as a result he has now hit double digits in 17 straight games and 28 of the Quakers' last 29 contests dating back to last season. Rosen has 41 double-figure scoring games as a collegian.

That's Not All...
In addition to his scoring output, Rosen is also taking care of the ball these days (good thing, too, since he's the point guard and that's his job). In Penn's games against Manhattan and Drexel, he had 12 assists and just one turnover.

Quick Start
Fifth-year senior Andreas Schreiber is certainly the jackrabbit for this team. He scored all of Penn's first six points against Manhattan, then did not score again. Against Drexel, he had seven of the Quakers' first 11 points and then, once again, wasn't heard from offensively. Schreiber also tied a career high with three blocked shots against the Dragons.

Local Flavor
Freshman Fran Dougherty has been working out quite well for the Quakers, thank you. After seeing no action in Penn's opener, the local product -- he played his high school ball at nearby Archbishop Wood -- saw a total of 32 minutes against Manhattan and Drexel, and contributed seven points and 11 rebounds. The rebound total puts him second on the team behind Eggleston.

Historic Debut
Freshman Miles Cartwright made quite an impression in his debut wearing a Red and Blue uniform on Nov. 13, setting a Penn freshman record by scoring 18 points in a season opener vs. Davidson. The last Penn player to score at least 18 points in his debut was Matt Maloney, who opened his Penn career with 22 points against Virginia on Dec. 1, 1992 as a sophomore after transferring from Vanderbilt. The last time a freshman led Penn in scoring in a season opener was Nov. 11, 1999, when Ugonna Onyekwe scored 14 points in the Quakers' 67-50 loss at Kentucky (he tied for team-high honors with Matt Langel). Most impressive about Cartwright's night? All of his 18 points came in the first half, when he came on in relief of Rosen, who was plagued by early foul trouble. Not surprisingly, Cartwright was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week.

Quaker Notemeal From Drexel
*It was Penn's worst loss to Drexel in the history of the series; prior to this 21-point loss, the Quakers had never lost by double digits to the Dragons.

*As a team, Penn set a low in the post-Fran Dunphy era (starting with the 2006-07 season) by snaring just 19 rebounds.

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini had season highs in points (9) and minutes (27)

*Three freshmen saw their first collegiate action -- Casey James, Steve Rennard and Cameron Gunter.

The Injury Report
Senior Dan Monckton, juniors Mike Howlett and Larry Loughery, and freshman Marin Kukoc have not dressed yet this season due to injury. Monckton averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year -- numbers that jumped to 9.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg in Ivy League play -- while Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.

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