Men's Basketball Hosts The Citadel

Penn vs. The Citadel
Nov. 20, 2007 * 8 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Radio: WPEN (950 AM) - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Citadel Game Notes (PDF)

The Quakers hit the middle portion of this ambitious early-season schedule with Tuesday night's game against The Citadel; thiswill bethe second of five games in an 11-day span, and the first of three in a five-day span this week. After tonight, Penn concludes play in the Philly Hoop Group Classic with games Friday and Saturday night at The Palestra; the Classic is an exempt event that will host four games both days at the historic venue.

On Saturday, Penn entertained Howard University -- with longtime Quaker assistant Gil Jackson at the Bison helm -- in its first meeting against a MEAC school. The Saturday affair got off to a promising start, as Penn scored the game’s first nine points thanks to five points by freshman Tyler Bernardini and layups by Andreas Schreiber and Brian Grandieri.

However, once Howard began hitting its shots, the Bison never stopped. By the time the barrage was over, they had knocked down 12 three-pointers (on 22 attempts). Eugene Myatt, in particular, was a one-man wrecking crew; he hit all five of his trey attempts, and finished with 36 points overall.

As he did in the first two games, head coach Glen Miller continues to look for the right on-court combination. Grandieri was the only starter from the Loyola game last weekend to start Saturday night; however, once again 12 players saw decent minutes. So who can we expect to see in the starting lineup Tuesday night? Well, Grandieri had 17 points and seven boards vs. Howard. Bernardini and senior Michael Kach had nine points each, while Schreiber scored eight and had four boards.

The Series With The Citadel
• Penn and Citadel are meeting for the fifth time in men’s basketball; the Quakers have won the previous four meetings.

• The most recent meeting took place Jan. 4, 2006 in Charleston, S.C.; the Quakers rolled to an 84-49 win.

• Penn is 10-5 all-time against teams from the Southern Conference. This is the first of two games the Quakers will play against SoCon schools this year; Elon comes to The Palestra exactly one month after The Citadel, for a Dec. 20 date.

A Bad Break (Literally!)
Never mind the results on the floor; the news is not good for the Quakers off the floor, either. Sophomore Darren Smith, one of just two returning starters for this year’s team, was lost for the season after he fractured his patella (right knee) in the first half of the Drexel game.

Notes From Howard
• Penn scored the game’s first nine points, taking its first lead of the season in the process.

• Penn started two freshmen (Tyler Bernardini, Harrison Gaines) and two sophomores (Justin Reilly, Andreas Schreiber) in addition to senior Brian Grandieri.

• Penn lost for the first time in the Glen Miller era when making more free throws than its opponent (Penn 23, Howard 22); last year, the Quakers went 16-0 in such games.

• The game represented a homecoming for third-year Howard head coach Gil Jackson, who was an assistant coach at Penn for 16 years prior to his appointment with the Bison.

• The game marked the first time Penn has ever played a school from the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC).

Notes From Loyola (Md.)
• For the second-straight game, Penn lost despite shooting more free throws than its opponent (34-30); last year, the Quakers went 16-1 in such games.

• Penn got 24 points from its starters and 44 from its bench; last year, the Quakers never had the bench players outscore the starters. (in fact, the starters accounted for 81.4 of Penn’s points all of last season)

• Sophomores Andreas Schreiber (13) and Justin Reilly (10) each had their first double-figure scoring games as collegians.

• Senior Joe Gill recorded his first collegiate field goal, and he did it in emphatic fashion -- after gaining a steal at midcourt, he drove in, dunked the ball, and was fouled on the play (he made the free throw). Gill ended the game with four points, more than he had combined in his first three seasons (3).

• All 15 players who dressed for Penn played in the game, with 12 of them seeing time in the first half. In the second half, junior Kevin Egee -- one of the three who did not see time in the opening stanza -- played 13 minutes.

Notes From Drexel
• Penn opened the season with an overtime game for just the third time in program history; the others came at the start of the 1988-89 season (a 93-91 double-OT loss to Navy) and the 1928-29 season (a 26-24 win over Saint Joseph’s).

• This game went to overtime despite the fact that, in regulation, Penn never held a lead and was tied with the Dragons only twice -- at 0-0 to start the game, and at 52-52 on a bucket in the final second of regulation.

• Penn not only used 13 players in the game, they used 13 in the first half -- and all of them played at least four minutes in that stanza.

• Penn grabbed 49 rebounds, the most by a Quaker team since Feb. 18, 2004 (51 at Brown).

• It marked the first time a Penn team under Glen Miller lost a game when holding its opponent below 45-percent shooting from the field (Drexel shot 43.4 percent); last year, the Quakers went 16-0 in such games.

• Senior Brian Grandieri hit foul trouble early (two in the first 2:01), but came back with 21 points and eight rebounds in the second half; he finished the contest with a game-high 23 points and 10 boards for his fourth career double-double. The 23 points matched a career high for Grandieri.

• Junior Aron Cohen played a career-high 31 minutes and drained four three-pointers for 12 points; that doubled his combined point total from his freshman and sophomore seasons (6).

• In his first collegiate game, freshman Jack Eggleston scored seven points and had eight boards in 33 minutes; he also hit the shot at the end of regulation that tied things up and sent the game into overtime.

• Junior Cameron Lewis got his first career start, and in 19 minutes filled the box score with four points, two rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and two steals.

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