Men's Basketball Hosts NJIT on Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team closes out the non-conference portion of its 2013-14 season Saturday, hosting NJIT in a game that tips off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s game is the second half of a doubleheader with the Highlanders, as the Quakers women host NJIT at 5 p.m.

GAME 15 - PENN (3-11) vs. NJIT (8-12)
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 * 7:30 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
TV: Ivy League Digital Network (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WNTP 990 AM (Matt Leon, Stan Pawlak)

The Penn-NJIT Series
*The Quakers have defeated the Highlanders in all three meetings between these programs; they have all taken place since 2008.

*Penn defeated NJIT last year in Newark, 54-53, the program’s 1,700th all-time win. Darien Nelson-Henry (12 pts, 11 rbs) and Miles Jackson-Cartwright (12 pts, 5 asts) led the Quakers, but it was Patrick Lucas-Perry who had Penn’s final five points.

*Penn became a footnote in NJIT history when the Quakers defeated the Highlanders on January 17, 2009 (59-40) to give them their 51st straight loss, the longest in history for a team playing an NCAA Division I schedule. It would also be the last in NJIT’s streak -- in its next game the Highlanders beat Bryant, 61-51.

Home is Where the Wins Are
Penn entered the 2013-14 season with 803 wins at The Palestra, which opened in 1927. In an informal survey of the other NCAA Division I programs, only Washington (932 wins at Hec Edmundson Pavilion) and Butler (826 wins at Hinkle Fieldhouse) boasted more wins in their current home than the Quakers. The Edmundson Pavilion was opened in 1927, while the Bulldogs opened Hinkle in 1928.

Up The Scoring Chart
Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright has 1,231 points for his career which is 23rd in Penn history; he passed Dave Wohl (1,226 points from 1969-71) with seven points last Saturday vs. Saint Joseph’s. Phil Hankinson (1971-73) is 22nd with 1,236 points; Barry Pierce (1991-94) is 21st with 1,245 points; Jack Eggleston (2008-11) and Matt Maloney (1993-95) are tied for 19th with 1,248 points each.

The Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn will play a game on every Saturday in January this season. Seems reasonable, right? It is, until you realize that the Quakers haven’t done that since the 2002-03 season. (That is due mostly to the Quakers’ Ivy League travel partner, Princeton, being in exams and Penn struggling to find non-conference games.)

*Penn has held 11 of its 14 opponents this season below 45 percent shooting from the field; George Mason was one of those three teams, barely -- the Patriots shot 45.3 percent (24-53) on January 2.

*In Penn’s 14 games so far, head coach Jerome Allen has played 15 players in a game twice this season, 14 players four times, and 13 players four times.

*Penn has four players averaging double figures in scoring -- Tony Hicks (15.0), Darien Nelson-Henry (12.7), Fran Dougherty (12.0), Miles Jackson-Cartwright (11.0) -- but has not had more than three double-figure scorers in any game so far this season.

*Through the first 14 games, five different players have led Penn in scoring (Dougherty, Jackson-Cartwright, Hicks, Nelson-Henry, Julian Harrell) and all five have had at least one 20-point game.

*After recording 14 rebounds combined in Penn’s first four games (3.5 rpg), Dougherty has 84 in the last 10 contests (8.4 rpg); he has snared nine or more boards in seven of Penn’s last nine games.

*Hicks has led Penn in scoring each of the last four games (18.0 ppg in that stretch).

*Nelson-Henry had missed four games before starting on January 11 against Princeton (17 points, 8 rebounds), while Harrell had missed two games before starting against the Tigers (7 points, 6 assists).

*Twelve of Jackson-Cartwright‘s last 15 field goals have been three-pointers. Over the last eight games, 21 of Jackson-Cartwright’s 27 field goals are from beyond the arc and he is 21-of-39 (53.8 pct).

Notemeal From Saint Joseph’s
*Penn tied a season high in assists (22) and tied a team low in turnovers (10).

*Penn got 31 points from the bench and 16 from the freshman class, both season highs.

*Penn set season lows in free throws attempted (10) and rebounds (25), and tied a low in free throws made (6).

*SJU set opponent highs in the Jerome Allen coaching era in 3-point baskets (16) and 3-point FG percentage (.667).

*Penn’s 34-point halftime deficit was its largest this season.

*SJU scored 57 points in the first half, one shy of an opponent high in the Allen era.

*SJU’s 21-point unanswered run was the longest by an opponent this season.

*The Hawks also set opponent season highs in field goals (31), field-goal percentage (.564) and assists (24), and opponent lows in free throws made (7), free throws attempted (12) and blocked shots (1).

*SJU became just the third Penn opponent to shoot better than 45 percent from the field in a game this season.

*Sophomore Tony Hicks had 15 points, his team-high 11th double-figure scoring game this season and 26th at Penn.

*Hicks has led Penn in scoring in four straight games (18.0 ppg during that stretch) and six times overall this season.

*Senior Steve Rennard tied a career high with 13 points, his first double-figure scoring game this season and his fourth at Penn.

*Rennard also tied a career best with three 3-point FG.

*Freshman Dylan Jones had 10 points for his first double-figure scoring game at Penn.

*Jones also set season/career highs in rebounds (5) and minutes (15)

*Jones led Penn in rebounding in the game, becoming the fourth different player to lead the team in that category this season.

*Freshman Matt Howard tied season/career highs in points (6) and rebounds (3) and set a season/career best in assists (2).

*Senior Fran Dougherty tied a career high with two steals.

Download: 15-NJIT.pdf