PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team opened the Ivy League portion of its season on January 9 with a heartbreaking, overtime loss to archrival Princeton. On Wednesday, the Quakers close out the Big 5 portion of their schedule in style, as they host Saint Joseph’s in the second half of a doubleheader at The Palestra. The night tips off with La Salle and Temple at 7 p.m.
GAME 15 – PENN (6-8) vs. SAINT JOSEPH’S (14-3)
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 * 9:30 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
The Series Saint Joseph’s
*The Hawks lead the overall series, 48-35, but Penn won last year’s game at The Palestra (56-52) and has won three of the last five matchups.
*When Wednesday's game is over, Penn will have played Saint Joseph’s more than any other non-conference opponent; the Hawks enter the night tied with Navy as the Quakers’ most-played non-Ivy League opponent.
*The last 20 games in this series have been played at The Palestra, dating back to the 1996-97 season.
*Through 14 games, Penn has a 1.10 assist/turnover ratio (197/179); last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.
*Penn has hit 10 or more three-point baskets in four different games already this season (against Robert Morris, Temple, Ursinus and Binghamton); they hit 10 treys just once all of last year.
*Penn has taken more three-pointers than two-pointers in two of their last three games and three of the last six; in one of the two where they didn’t, the ratio was 34 FG and 33 3FG.
*Penn has had seven different players score in double figures in a game this season -- an eighth, sophomore Darnell Foreman, has reached nine points twice -- and three players who have had at least two games with more than 20 points (Darien Nelson-Henry, Sam Jones, Matt Howard).
*Sophomore Sam Jones -- who has hit double digits in scoring seven times -- has 45 field goals this season; 37 of them have been three-pointers. 108 of his 121 field-goal attempts have come from beyond the arc.
*Freshman Jackson Donahue has scored 51 points in the last three games (18 at Villanova, 17 vs. Binghamton, 16 vs. Princeton) after scoring 18 combined -- 12 of them against Temple -- in Penn’s first 11 games.
*Donahue -- no relation to Penn head coach Steve Donahue -- has 23 field goals this season; 19 of them are three-pointers. Of his 55 field-goal attempts, 49 have been from beyond the arc.
*Junior Matt Howard has scored in double figures in three of the last five games (14.2 ppg during that stretch).
*After not scoring in Penn’s first 12 games -- playing just eight minutes in four appearances -- freshman Tyler Hamilton has played 33 minutes in the Quakers’ last two games and scored 14 points (7 vs. Binghamton, 7 vs. Princeton).
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