PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team got into the win column for the first time this season on Tuesday night, taking a 79-73 victory at Monmouth. The Quakers hope to keep the winning ways going this weekend, as they host Big Ten foe Penn State in a Saturday matinee at The Palestra.
GAME 3 - PENN (1-1) vs. PENN STATE (1-1)
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 * 2 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
TV: IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com (there is a fee for this service)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
The Penn-Penn State Series
*The Quakers lead the series, 31-16; however, the Nittany Lions have won seven of the last eight meetings dating back to the 1995 season. (Penn’s lone win in that time was a 62-37 decision here at The Palestra on Nov. 23, 2002.)
*These teams faced off last year in State College, with PSU gaining a 58-47 decision. Tony Hicks was the only Penn player in double figures (10 points); Fran Dougherty had seven points and eight rebounds.
*This is the first time Penn State has played Penn in Philadelphia since 2008. The Nittany Lions played here at The Palestra last year, though, against La Salle.
*Penn is 47-49 all-time against programs that are currently in the Big Ten. The Quakers’ next game will also be against a Big Ten opponent, as they travel to Iowa next Friday. (Illinois 0-6, Indiana 1-3, Iowa 1-2, Michigan 5-6, Michigan State 1-3, Nebraska 1-0, Northwestern 1-0, Ohio State 5-5, Penn State 31-16, Purdue 1-2, Wisconsin 0-6.)
Penn State’s head coach is Patrick Chambers. His brother, Paul Chambers, graduated from Penn in 1992 and was the men’s basketball program’s all-time leader in assists and steals at the time he graduated. (His senior year, he was joined in the backcourt by a freshman named Jerome Allen.) Another of Patrick’s brothers, Tim Chambers, was Ivy League Player of the Year in football in 1984 -- the first Penn player and just the second defensive player to be so honored -- and was inducted into the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.
Sophomore guard Tony Hicks was named co-Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday, sharing the honor with Yale’s Justin Sears. Hicks was a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week last season.
Last Saturday’s 78-73 loss to Temple not only marked the earliest Philadelphia Big 5 game since the start of the Big 5 in the 1950s; it also matched the earliest start, by date, in Penn program history. The other times the Quakers played on Nov. 9 was in 2007, when they lost to Drexel in overtime at The Palestra, 67-59; and last year, when they overcame a 22-point deficit to defeat UMBC at The Palestra, 80-75.
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) boast more wins in their current home than the Quakers. The Edmundson Pavilion was opened in 1927, while the Bulldogs opened Hinkle in 1928.
Notes From Monmouth
*Penn had 13 steals, a high in the Jerome Allen coaching era, and 43 rebounds which is one shy of the team high in the Allen era.
*Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright had 25 points, his 54th career double-figure scoring game and the 14th time he has hit at least 20 in a game.
*Jackson-Cartwright tied a career high with five three-point baskets.
*Sophomore Darien Nelson-Henry had his second-straight double-double, the fourth of his career, with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The 11 boards tied a career high.
*Sophomore Tony Hicks had 13 points, his 17th collegiate double-figure scoring game, and set new career highs with eight rebounds and four steals.
*Sophomore Julian Harrell made his collegiate debut and had two points, five rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes. His only points broke a 59-59 tie, and Penn never trailed again in the game. (Harrell missed all of last year due to injury.)
Notes From Temple
*Hicks led all scorers with 28 points, one shy of his career high and the most by a Penn player in a season opener since the 2001-02 season (Ugonna Onyekwe 30 at Georgia Tech).
*Hicks took 24 shots, tying the high by a Penn player in the Allen era (Zack Rosen took 24 against Princeton on March 6, 2012), and made 12 which was one shy of a player high in the Allen era.
*Hicks scored eight straight points late in the game to push Penn from a 71-65 deficit to a 73-71 lead (the Quakers’ first lead in the game since 9-8).
*Hicks also matched a career best with three steals, added three assists, and knocked down a team-high three three-point baskets.
*Nelson-Henry scored a career-high 19 points and had 10 rebounds -- one shy of a career best -- for his third collegiate double-double. Thirteen of his points and seven of his boards came in the second half.
*Jackson-Cartwright had 12 points for his 53rd double-figure scoring game at Penn.
*Senior Fran Dougherty, playing his first game since February 2, matched a career high with two assists.
*Freshmen Tony Bagtas, Matt Howard and Dylan Jones saw their first collegiate action. Jones’ first collegiate basket came on a dunk.