Men's Basketball Hosts Marist on Friday Night

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's basketball team has not played for almost two full weeks -- a welcome respite, after playing 11 games in a 30-day span to start the 2011-12 campaign. The next portion of the schedule begins Friday night with Marist, a team that defeated the Quakers last year in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

GAME 12 - PENN (5-6) vs. MARIST (4-6)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Marist Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Marist Series
*The Quakers and the Red Foxes met for the first time in history last year in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., with host Marist taking a 66-57 decision. Tyler Bernardini led Penn with 18 points, while Zack Rosen had 15.

*Penn is 12-12 all-time against schools currently in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC); that includes the Quakers' 75-72 win over Manhattan on November 29.

About Marist
The Red Foxes (5-6) are coming off an 89-86, double-overtime win over Hartford on Wednesday night. Before that, Marist had defeated Radford, Colgate, Rider and Army after starting the season 0-3. Freshman Isaiah Morton led the Red Foxes against the Hawks, scoring a career-high 23 points on an 8-of-8 shooting night from the field, while Anell Alexis had eight points and 14 rebounds. Devin Price entered the Hartford game leading Marist in scoring, at 13.4 ppg, while Chavaughn Lewis (12.5) and Dorvell Carter (11.7) were also averaging double figures in the scoring column. Adam Kemp is averaging 8.4 points per game and leads the Red Foxes in rebounding (6.0 rpg). While Penn is playing for the first time in 13 days, Marist is playing its third game in a week.

National Stats
The NCAA released its most recent statistical update on Monday, and senior guard Zack Rosen was again listed all over the pages. He entered the week 18th nationally in scoring (20.8 ppg), 12th in free-throw percentage (.925), 15th in three-point FG percentage (.478), 21st in assists per game (6.0), and 26th in three-point FG made per game (2.9). Rosen leads the Ivy League in scoring, assists, and free-throw percentage.

Rosen a Candidate for Bob Cousy Award
The National Basketball Hall of Fame has 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 is on the list. He is one of 65 candidates nationally, including three others from the Ivy League (Brian Barbour, Columbia; Chris Wroblewski, Cornell; Brandyn Curry, Harvard) and two others from Philadelphia Big 5 schools (Tyreek Duren, La Salle; Maalik Wayns, Villanova). The original list of 65 will be cut to 20 by January 1, to ten by February 1, and to five by March 1.

Record Book Watch
*Senior guard Zack Rosen has 1,350 career points which puts him 13th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Herb Lyon is 12th, with 1,356 points from 1946-50.)

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,237 career points which puts him 21st on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Barry Pierce is 20th, with 1,245 from 1991-94, while Jack Eggleston and Matt Maloney are tied for 18th with 1,248.)

*Rosen has 66 assists this season, giving him 481 for his career which is second all-time at Penn behind only his current head coach, Jerome Allen (505).

*Rosen has played 3,370 career minutes which is sixth all-time. (Ibrahim Jaaber is fifth, with 3,569 minutes.)

*Rosen has 182 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.)

*Bernardini, meanwhile, has 165 treys which is ninth all-time. (Michael Jordan is eighth, with 176.)

*Rosen has made 362 career foul shots which is eighth all-time. (Herb Lyon is seventh, with 370 made foul shots.)

Quaker Notemeal vs. UCLA
*Penn knocked down 12 three-point shots -- the most by the Quakers in a game since they hit 13 at UMBC on Jan. 6, 2010 -- and had a season-high 18 assists.

*Senior Tyler Bernardini scored a career-high 29 points; it was Bernardini's 15th collegiate game with 20 or more points but the first this season.

*Bernardini has four straight double-figure scoring games, eight in Penn's last nine outings, and nine in 11 games this season.

*Bernardini hit eight three-point baskets, tied for second all-time in a game by a Penn player; the last time a Penn player hit eight treys in a game was Dec. 4, 2004 (Tim Begley vs. La Salle).

*Bernardini also led Penn with seven rebounds; he has led the Quakers in that category in eight of 11 games.

*Senior Rob Belcore had a season-high 13 points, his third double-figure scoring performance in Penn's last four games.

*Belcore hit three treys, his high since he hit five at Harvard on March 5, 2010.

*Senior Zack Rosen had his streak of double-figure scoring games snapped at 10, with eight points, but contributed 10 assists for the third time this season.

*Rosen went 2-of-2 from the foul line; he is 39-of-40 from the foul line in Penn's last seven contests, his only miss in that stretch coming in the final minute of Penn's loss at Villanova on Dec. 3.

*Freshman Henry Brooks made his second start and recorded season/career highs in rebounds (6), assists (2), and minutes (22).

Download: Game12-Notes.pdf