Men's Basketball Hosts Monmouth Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s basketball team hopes that home is where the wins are -- after dropping a pair of decisions on the road to start the 2008-09 season, the Quakers play four of their next five games in The Palestra beginning Saturday night with Monmouth. Following this five-game set over the next two weeks, Penn is off for 24 days, a record in-season break for the program.

GAME 3 - PENN (0-2) vs. MONMOUTH (0-3)
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008* 7 p.m.
The Palestra * Philadelphia
RADIO: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Player of the Week
Tyler Bernardini, last year’s Ivy League and Philadelphia Big 5 Rookie of the Year, picked up where he left off a year ago and earned both conferences’ first player of the week honor for 2008-09 on Monday. The sophomore matched a career high with 26 points Saturday at North Carolina, going 9-of-18 from the field and knocking down four three-pointers. He also had two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Coincidentally, Bernardini’s other 26-point game came against UNC, last year at The Palestra.

Penn vs. Monmouth
• Despite their relative proximity, Penn and Monmouth have met just three other times. The first came on Jan. 18, 2003 when the Quakers rolled to a 98-54 victory at the Asbury Park (N.J.) Convention Center. The second came two years ago, and Penn again took the win, this time 80-66 here at The Palestra. Last year, in West Long Branch, N.J., Penn pulled away down the stretch for a 69-61 victory.

• Penn is a perfect 12-0 against the teams that currently make up the Northeast Conference.
Fairleigh Dickinson ... 2-0
Monmouth ... 3-0
Quinnipiac ... 1-0
St. Francis (N.Y.) ... 1-0
St. Francis (Pa.) ... 5-0

2008 Philly Hoop Group Classic
Penn is not participating in this year’s Classic, which concludes the Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend here at The Palestra. However, Monmouth is. The Hawks will be part of the afternoon sessions on both Friday and Saturday; the Hawks will meet Niagara Friday, and then face either NJIT or Hartford Saturday. MU’s games around its Penn matchup -- Thursday 85-62 loss to Rhode Island, and next Tuesday at Villanova -- are also part of the Classic.

The National Stage
Penn certainly made a splash with its first two games this season. The Quakers opened last Saturday with the No. 1 team in the country, then followed that up with a meeting against Drexel that was part of ESPN’s “College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon,” a 23-hour smorgasbord of games and insight throughout the ESPN family of networks.

Injury Report
Penn has played its first two games without Aron Cohen, Tommy McMahon, Justin Reilly and Darren Smith, all of whom did not make the trip to Chapel Hill last weekend due to injuries. Junior Andreas Schreiber was on the UNC trip, but sat out the game due to injury. Freshman Mike Howlett played eight minutes at UNC, but did not dress at Drexel Tuesday due to injury.

Notemeal From Drexel...
• Penn made its first trip to the Dragons’ Daskalakis Athletic Center -- a.k.a. the DAC -- in the 21-game history of the series.

• The game was televised on ESPN as part of that network’s 23-hour “College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.”

• Senior Brennan Votel set career highs with 17 points and nine rebounds, finishing one board shy of his first career double-double.

• Senior Kevin Egee also established a career mark, with 18 points; he had a personal seven-point run at the end of the first half to get Penn back to 34-27 at the break.

• In just his second collegiate game, freshman guard Zack Rosen had eight assists and no turnovers.

• Sophomore Tyler Bernardini matched a career best with five assists and also scored 14 points.

Notemeal From UNC...
• Penn played the AP’s No. 1 team for the second year in a row, the third time in four years, and the fourth time in program history.

• After giving up 102 and 106 points to UNC the last two seasons, Penn held the Tar Heels to 86 in this game.

• Penn knocked down 11 three-pointers -- one shy of the program’s high in the Glen Miller era -- and took 33 treys which are the most in Miller’s tenure.

• Bernardini matched a career high with 26 points; coincidentally, his other 26-point game came against North Carolina, last year at The Palestra.

• Sophomore Jack Eggleston recorded his first collegiate double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds); his board total was a career best.

• Rosen started his collegiate debut, and while he didn’t score he led Penn with five assists. He also had two steals.

• Of the other freshmen making their debut, Rob Belcore hit a three-pointer and finished with four points in 12 minutes; Larry Loughery had a rebound and a steal in 10 minutes; and Mike Howlett had a board in his eight minutes. Garvin Hunt saw time in the game’s final minute.

Download: 0809 Gm03 (Monmouth).pdf