GAME 8 - PENN (3-4) vs. MANHATTAN (3-3)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Manhattan Game Notes (PDF)
The Penn-Manhattan Series
The Quakers and the Jaspers are meeting for the 10th time. Penn leads the series, 6-3, but Manhattan has won three of the last four matchups. The most recent meeting came last year up in New York City, when Manhattan stunned Penn by scoring the game's last 17 points to grab a 59-54 victory. Jack Eggleston had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Red and Blue, while Zack Rosen scored 14 points and had seven assists. Penn enters Tuesday's game with a 12-12 record all-time against the programs that currently make up the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) including a win over Rider on November 17.
Manhattan is 3-3 on the young season, most recently falling 59-41 to another Ivy League team, Columbia, on Saturday. The Jaspers' wins have come over NJIT (62-48), Brown (54-52), and Fresno State (85-83). George Beamon, a preseason all-conference pick, leads Manhattan in scoring (14.8 ppg) while Roberto Colonette is averaging just under 10 points a game and leads the Jaspers in rebounding. A member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the Jaspers went 6-25 last year including a 3-15 league record. They were picked to finish eighth out of 10 teams this year by the coaches.
Record Book Watch
*Senior guard Zack Rosen has 1,272 career points which is 16th all-time at Penn (Joe Sturgis is 15th, with 1,292); senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,167 points, good for 27th all-time (Paul Romanczuk is 26th, with 1,179).
*Rosen has 40 assists this season, giving him 455 for his career which is third all-time at Penn, behind only Jerome Allen (505) and Michael Jordan (469).
*Rosen has played 3,213 career minutes which is seventh all-time; he can move into sixth ahead of Matt Langel if he plays 33 minutes vs. Manhattan.
*Rosen has 177 career three-point field goals which is seventh all-time; he needs two more to pass his head coach, Jerome Allen, and move into sixth place. Bernardini, meanwhile, has 150 treys which is 10th; he needs three to move ahead of Jed Ryan into ninth place.
*Rosen has 337 career foul shots made which is eighth all-time.
The NCAA released its first statistical update on Monday night, and senior guard Zack Rosen was splattered all over the pages. He entered the week third nationally in three-point field goals made (3.9); fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.600); 12th in points per game (21.6); and 36th in assists per game (5.7).
Due mostly to the fact that Penn has played seven games already this season, Rosen enters Tuesday's game having scored more points (151) and hit more three-pointers (27) than any other NCAA Division I player in the country.
Quaker Notemeal vs. James Madison
*For the second straight game -- the second in two nights, in fact -- Penn scored 29 first-half points and 29 second-half points to finish at 58 for the game.
*Penn got 22 points from its bench; the previous high this season had been 10, in the season opener at UMBC.
*Penn set a season high with 17 assists and tied a season best with 10 three-point baskets.
*Senior guard Zack Rosen tied a season high with 10 assists and scored a team-high 15 points; he is the only Penn player to score in double figures in all seven games to date.
*Rosen also went 4-of-4 at the foul line, and has hit 14 free throws in a row heading into the Manhattan game.
*Freshman forward Henry Brooks set a season/career high with 10 points, one night after establishing a season/career high with four rebounds against Pitt.
*Sophomore forward Marin Kukoc set a season/career high with six points, hitting a pair of three-pointers.
*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini had eight points, snapping a four-game streak of double-figure scoring games, but tied a season high with nine rebounds (one shy of his career best).
*Sophomore guard Miles Cartwright set a season high with five assists.
Notemeal vs. Pitt
*For the first time this season, Penn shot a lower percentage from the field than its opponent. (That would happen again the next night against James Madison.)
*Rosen hit for 22 points, his fourth 20-point game this season, and had six three-pointers which was one shy of the career high he set earlier this season.
*Sophomore Cameron Gunter, who scored all of his 12 points last season in one game (at Columbia), had three points for the 13th, 14th and 15th of his collegiate career. (He scored two points the next night against James Madison.)