GAME 4 - PENN (2-1) vs. ROBERT MORRIS (2-0)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / RMU Game Notes (PDF)
The Philly Hoop Group Classic
The Penn-RMU game is part of the fifth annual Philly Hoop Group Classic, an NCAA exempt event that features six teams and gives every team four games. On Thursday, Penn began Hoop Group play with a78-72 overtime winat Rider; the other teams in the field are James Madison, La Salle and Pittsburgh. The event concludes next weekend with a Friday tripleheader and a Saturday doubleheader at The Palestra. Penn and Pitt will wrap Friday's tripleheader with a 7 p.m. tipoff, and on Saturday the Quakers and James Madison conclude the doubleheader at 7 p.m. This is Penn's second time in the Hoop Group Classic.
First Time For Everything
Penn and Robert Morris are meeting for the first time in men's basketball. RMU plays in the Northeast Conference; Penn is 13-1 against teams from the NEC.
About Robert Morris
Though the season is barely a week old, Rider and Penn share a common opponent: Rider. Penn beat the Broncs on Thursday, 78-72 in overtime. Last Friday, RMU destroyed Rider, 83-57, in the season opener for both teams. The Colonials have also beaten Saint Peter's this year, 69-52. Robert Morris was the Northeast Conference's representative in the NCAA Tournament two years ago, narrowly losing in the first round to Villanova. Last year, RMU fell in the NEC Tournament title game to Long Island in overtime. The Colonials returns four of their top five scorers from last year's 18-14 squad.
I Know You!
Saturday's game marks a homecoming for the Colonials' head coach, Andrew Toole. He played two years for the Quakers, in 2001-02 and 2002-03, and helped the Red and Blue win Ivy titles both years including an undefeated campaign his senior season. Toole earned first-team All-Ivy as a junior and second-team All-Ivy as a senior.
Quaker Notemeal at Rider
*Penn had lost four overtime games in a row, dating back to last season, before winning this game in extra time.
*Penn and Rider have now played three times in their history, and all three games have gone overtime. This was the Quakers' first win.
*After scoring a combined 12 points in Penn's first two games, sophomore Miles Cartwright had a career-high 27 points and tied a career best with three three-point baskets.
*It was Cartwright's fourth game at Penn with 20 or more points, and his 18th double-figure scoring game.
*Senior Tyler Bernardini led Penn with nine rebounds, one shy of a career high.
*After scoring 53 points in Penn's first two games, senior Zack Rosen did not take a shot in the first half of this contest. He then scored 19 points after halftime.
*Sophomore Fran Dougherty set a career high with eight rebounds and tied a career best with two assists.
*Senior Rob Belcore played a career-high 41 minutes and tied his career bests in rebounds (8) and steals (4).
*Freshman Henry Brooks scored his first four collegiate points, and they all came in overtime. Classmate Camryn Crocker scored his first point on a foul shot, also in OT.
Download: RMU notes.pdf