PHILADELPHIA - For the first time in more than six years -- officially, six years and two days -- the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University meet on the hardwood. This intrastate rivalry has seen 43 games previously, with the Quakers holding a commanding 31-12 advantage over the Nittany Lions.
GAME 4 PENN (1-2) vs. PENN STATE (4-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 * 7:30 p.m.
The Palestra * Philadelphia
RADIO: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF)
Through two games this season, Penn has had two different players lead it in scoring (Tyler Bernardini vs. UNC and Monmouth, Kevin Egee vs. Drexel) and three different players lead in rebounding (Jack Eggleston vs. UNC, Brennan Votel vs. Drexel, Conor Turley vs. Monmouth).
Bernardini has reached the 20-point mark twice already, giving him eight such games for his career; both he and Egee have scored in double figures in all three games this season.
Votel entered this season with just one double-figure scoring game as a collegian; he has reached that mark each of the last two contests, with 17 points at Drexel and 14 Saturday vs. Monmouth.
Freshman guard Zack Rosen has dished out 13 assists without a turnover in the last two games; for the season, he has 18 assists and three turnovers, a 6.0 ratio.
Sophomore Remy Cofield scored 12 points Saturday vs. Monmouth, his third career double-figure scoring game and first since Feb. 11, 2007 vs. Princeton.
Senior Tommy McMahon saw his first action since the 2006-07 season Saturday, playing 10 minutes and recording four points and two rebounds. McMahon missed last season after having surgery prior to the campaign.
Penn has 10 players on its roster who started at least one game last year; 10 who had at least one double-figure scoring game a year ago; and three players who had a 20-point outing.
Penn vs. Penn State
Pennsylvania’s intrastate rivals have met 43 times, with the Quakers holding a 31-12 lead over the Nittany Lions.
This represents the first meeting between the squads since Nov. 23, 2002almost exactly six years ago to the day. In that game, also played here at The Palestra, the Quakers rolled to a 62-37 win over the Nittany Lions. That snapped Penn State’s four-game winning streak in the series, from 1995-2000.
Thanks mostly to its dominance of Penn State, the Quakers boast a winning record against Big Ten opponents, at 46-45 overall.
Illinois ... 0-6
Indiana ... 1-3
Iowa ... 1-2
Michigan ... 5-6
Michigan State ... 1-3
Northwestern ... 1-0
Ohio State ... 5-5
Penn State ... 31-12
Purdue ... 1-2
Wisconsin ... 0-6
2008 Philly Hoop Group Classic
Penn is not participating in this year’s Classic, which concludes Friday and Saturday here at The Palestra. However, Penn State is. The Nittany Lions will play three games in five days here at The Palestra, in fact, and are part of the evening sessions on Friday and Saturday, playing Rhode Island Friday and either Villanova or Towson Saturday. PSU’s games with NJIT and Hartford, played prior to its arrival in Philadelphia, were also part of the Classic.
The National Stage
Penn certainly made a splash with its first two games this season. The Quakers opened Nov. 15 with the No. 1 team in the country, North Carolina, then followed that up Nov. 18 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.
Penn has played its first three games without Aron Cohen, Justin Reilly and Darren Smith. 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 has not dressed for the last two games due to injury. After sitting out the first two games, senior Tommy McMahon saw his first action since 2006-07 Saturday against Monmouth, playing 10 minutes and recording four points and two rebounds.
Notemeal From Monmouth...
Penn forced 26 turnovers and collected 16 steals, both highs in the Glen Miller coaching era with the Quakers.
Penn scored 57 points in the second half, one shy of the high for the Glen Miller coaching era (the Quakers scored 58 vs. Florida Gulf Coast two years ago).
One game after going 13-of-28 from the foul line (46.4 percent), Penn shot 20-of-24 from the charity stripe (83.3 percent).
Senior Tommy McMahon saw his first action since the 2006-07 season, playing 10 minutes and scoring four points with two rebounds. He sat out last year after having preseason surgery.
Senior Brennan Votel scored 14 points, his second straight double-digit scoring effort; prior to this season, Votel had one double-figure scoring game in his career (11 points vs. Harvard on Feb. 10, 2007).
Sophomore Remy Cofield had 12 points off the bench, his third career double-figure scoring game and first since Feb. 12 of last season (11 vs. Princeton). Cofield shot 5-of-5 from the field, and also had three rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore Conor Turley filled his 18 minutes of action with a team-high eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
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