Men's Basketball Hunting for a Win Against The Leopards

Penn (5-7) vs. Lafayette (5-10)

Jan. 18, 2005 at7 p.m.

Kirby Sports Arena - Easton, Pa.

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The University of Pennsylvania snapped a five-game losing skid on Jan. 15 with as 89-62 win over Siena in Albany. The Quakers dominated from start to finish, leading by as many as 30 points in the second half. Penn looks to carry this momentum with them against Lafayette on Jan. 18 and in its last non-conference tilt of the season against Saint Joseph’s on Jan. 25.

Dominating the Saints

From the first whistle to the last, the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team dominated Siena en route to a 89-62 victory at the Pepsi Arena on Jan. 15. Senior Eric Osmundson scored 13 of his 17 points before the first media timeout. Osmundson scored the Quakers first seven points which sparked a 12-0 run by the Red and Blue midway through the first half. Penn held a 45-29 advantage at the half and capitalized on it in the second leading by as many as 30 points. Sophomore Mark Zoller led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, while senior Tim Begley added 11 points, five rebounds and a career-tying nine assists.

Coaches Corner

Penn

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 16th season at the helm of Penn basketball. Coach Dunphy is the winningest coach in Penn basketball history with 275 career victories. Dunphy has had 11 winning seasons at Penn including three-straight 17 plus-win seasons. Dunphy is the second winningest coach in the Ivy League with 166 Ancient Eight victories.

Lafayette

Head Coach Fran O’Hanlon is in his 10th season at the helm of Lafayette basketball. He has guided the Leopards to three Patriot League titles and two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Last season the Leopards went 18-10 with wins over La Salle, Drexel and Princeton. In 1999-2000, O’Hanlon steered Lafayette to the most wins ever in the program’s history with 24 and captured its third-straight Patriot League regular season title, advancing to NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. O’Hanlon served as an assistant coach for the Quakers for six seasons, earning three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths while recording a perfect 42-0 record in Ivy League play.

Scouting the Leopards

Lafayette enters tonight’s game on a two-game skid after falling to American, 76-74, at the buzzer on Jan. 15. Sean Knitter is the leading scorer for the Leopards, averaging 11 points per game. Andrei Capusan sports the best shooting percentage with 55.8 percent from the floor. Capusan also has 12 blocks to his credit. Jamaal Douglas averages 8.1 boards per game and has batted away 13 shots. Jamaal Hilliard is dangerous from the charity stripe, having made 47-of-51 attempts.

The Series

Penn holds a commanding, 35-3, lead over Lafayette. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 13-2 against the Leopards with both losses coming on the road. Last year the Quakers defeated the Leopards, 88-68, in The Palestra on Jan. 7. Led by then-senior Adam Chubb’s 17 points and eight rebounds the Red and Blue scored 50 points in the first half. Penn hit 50 percent from the field and nailed 12 three-pointers in the victory. Four players scored in double figures - then-senior Jeff Schiffner (15), then-senior Charlie Copp (11) and Mark Zoller (10).

Penn Against the Patriots

Penn has dominated its Patriot League opponents in program history, holding a 144-45 advantage. The Red and Blue have winning records against six Patriot League schools and are tied with Holy Cross (3-3).

18 Straight Victories

The Quakers have won 18-straight games against the Patriot League teams with their last loss on Jan. 27, 1997 at Lafayette. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 38-4 against Patriot League opponents and 32-2 since 1991.

The Red and Blue on Jan. 18

Penn is 13-9 on the 18th day of the year. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 2-1 and 1-0 versus schools from the Patriot League. The Quakers have played the most games against Princeton on this day, which is three.

Up Next ...

The Red and Blue take on Saint Joseph’s in a home contest for the Hawks at The Palestra on Jan. 25. The Quakers welcome Yale and Brown on Jan. 28 and Jan.29, respectively.

A Little Help From the Bench

The Penn bench’s 32 points on Jan. 15 outscored the starting five for the Saints. Siena’s starters managed only 26 points in the game, while five of seven players off the Penn bench scored at least three points. Sophomore Ryan Pettinella and senior Jan Fikiel led the subs with nine points each. Junior Friedrich Ebede scored a career-high seven points in a career-high 21 minutes of action, while senior Nameir Majette scored a career-high four points and went 2-for-4 in his first ever trip to the charity stripe. Freshman David Whitehurst downed his second career three pointer for three points in a career-high 11 minutes of action.

How May I Assist You

The Red and Blue handed out 24 assists against Siena on Jan. 15. It was the second time this season the Quakers have dished out more than 20 helpers. Tim Begley led the way with nine assists, followed by sophomore Steve Danley (five) and senior Eric Osmundson (four), while six other players have one helper.

Percentage, Percentage

The Red and Blue shot over 50 percent from the field for only the second time this season. Penn shot 58.2 percent against Siena and connected on 15-of-25 (60 percent) first-half shots. Sophomore Ryan Pettinella went 4-for-4 from the field and hit 1-of-2 from the free throw line. Classmate Mark Zoller was impressive from the field, making 7-of-9 shots. Senior Jan Fikiel who’s been very consistent of late made 3-of-4 shots from the field.

Accuracy

Senior Jan Fikiel is averaging 13.3 points in his last three games and has shot over 57.1 percent in those three contests.

Who Knew?

Penn is 4-0 when sophomore Mark Zoller scores double figures. The Blue Bell, Pa. native recorded double digits in Penn’s wins over Quinnipiac (10), Drexel (22), La Salle (11) and Siena (18).

Extra Time

Penn’s loss to Rider on Jan. 12 was the first overtime loss for the Quakers in The Palestra since Davidson defeated the Red and Blue, 84-81, on Nov. 28, 2000.

Off the Bench

Senior Jan Fikiel did not start on Jan. 12 against the Broncs - it was the first time this season he did not get the starting nod, but it didn't seem to faze him. Fikiel came off the bench to score 21 points, including 10 in the second half and three in the extra period. For the second-straight contest, the forward connected on two three pointers. The Ulm, Germany native went 9-for-13 from the field, 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and 1-for-1 from the line.

Seeing Double, Again

Senior Tim Begley recorded his second-straight double-double against the Broncs on Jan. 12. It’s the first time he has made back-to-back double-doubles and is just the fourth of his career. Sophomore Mark Zoller is the only other Quaker to have a double-double this season with a 10-point, 15-rebound effort against Quinnipiac and a 22-point, 12-rebound performance against Drexel.

Unblemished

Sophomore Steve Danley went a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe against Rider. He is just the third student-athlete this season to go unblemished from the free-throw line with more than four attempts. Senior Tim Begley went 5-for-5 from the free-throw line against Illinois - Chicago on Jan. 8. Senior Jan Fikiel went 4-for-4 against Bucknell on Dec. 1.

The Starting Five

All five starters had at least two assists and one steal in the Quakers loss to San Francisco on Jan. 4. Only one player had two turnovers, while the other four each had one. You have to go back to Penn’s win at Princeton on Feb.10, 2004 to find a game where all five starters had at least one assist and one steal.

Back to Business

Senior Tim Begley had his streak of 13 games of at least one three-pointer snapped against Villanova on Dec. 31. But denying him from beyond the arc did not last long as the senior captain has downed trifectas in each of the last four games. Begley has 35 trifectas and is on pace to establish a new program record for three-pointers in a career.

Aiming for a 1,000

Senior Tim Begley has 927 career points and needs just 73 to become a member of the 1,000 point club at Penn. There are 31 members of the exclusive group with the most recent entry coming from 2004 graduate Jeff Schiffner.

Lending a Hand

Senior Tim Begley tied a career-high in assists, dishing out nine helpers against Siena on Jan. 15. It was the second time this season the senior captain has handed out nine assists in a game. His eight assists against Rider on Jan. 12 put him fifth on the all-time assist leaders list. He surpassed Dave Wohl, a ‘71 graduate who averaged 4.26 assists. Begley has 67 helpers so far this season and 356 in his career. He needs 31 more helpers to catch former teammate David Klatsky. Begley is currently averaging 5.58 apg, which leads the Ivy League.

Among the Best

Ibrahim Jaaber ranks among the best in Division I in picking pockets. Jaaber is 21st in the nation in steals per game, averaging 2.7 picked pockets per game.

Picking Pockets

Ibrahim Jaaber leads the Ivy League in steals with 32 this season. He collected a career-high seven steals against Bucknell on Dec. 1. Last season, as a rookie, he snatched the ball away 32 times.

Love for the Long Ball

Led by Tim Begley’s 8-for-11 effort from beyond the arc, the Quakers scored a season-high 13 trifectas against La Salle. Ibrahim Jaaber added a career-high three treys, while Eric Osmundson and freshman Michael Kach each added one. You have to go back to Feb. 27, 2004 against Cornell to find a game in which the Quakers scored more three-pointers in a game.

Beyond the Arc

The Red and Blue shot 78.6 percent from the three-point line against Drexel, breaking the program record for three-point accuracy in a game. The previous record of 75 percent was set against USC on Jan. 11, 2003 when the Quakers went 15-of-20 from beyond the arc. Penn tied the record just 19 days later against Princeton, nailing 6-of-8 trifectas.

Honors All-Around

The Quakers have had two Ivy League and two Big 5 Players of the Week so far this year.

11/29 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Mark Zoller

Big Five Co-Player of the Week

- Mark Zoller

12/6 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Tim Begley

Big Five Player of the Week

- Tim Begley

Moving Up the Charts

Begley continues to climb the career ladder in three-pointers made. The Freehold, N.J. native nailed two threes against Temple on Dec. 8 to surpass current Assistant Coach Matt Langel on the all-time list. With 10 more treys since then, Begley needs only 32 baskets from three-point land to nab the top-spot, which is held by former Quaker Matt Maloney. Begley also stands third in the Penn accolades in three pointers made in a season with 83 in 2003-04.

244 Matt Maloney 1993-95

220 Jeff Schiffner 2001-04

212 Tim Begley 2002-present

201 Matt Langel 1997-00

199 Garrett Kreitz 1995-98

Penn Tabbed Second by Media

The Quakers finished second in the 2004-05 Ivy League Media Poll. Princeton garnered the top spot with 14 of the 16 first-place votes. Penn received one first-place nod, while Brown grabbed the final one. Yale was picked to finish third followed by Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Dartmouth.

Ivy League Media Poll

Team Votes

Princeton (14) 125

Penn (1) 111

Yale 85

Brown (1) 83

Columbia 62

Cornell 54

Harvard 37

Dartmouth 19

A Decade Worth of Victories

For the 10th time since his tenure began, Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s team has recorded at least 17 victories in a season. The current Ivy League dean of coaches has 11 winning seasons under his belt and three straight heading into the 2004-05 campaign.

He’s No. 2

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 275 career victories, after surpassing Cappy Cappon who recorded 250 wins in 20 seasons at Princeton. Princeton's Pete Carril, who spent 29 seasons with the Tigers, is the all-time Ivy League wins leader with 514. Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 156. He has amassed an overall record of 156-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 14 seasons at Penn, giving him a .788 winning percentage.

Home Sweet Home

The Red and Blue are 726-313 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a loosing season at home since 1984-85 where the Quakers went 4-9. The Quakers have had 19 perfect Ivy League seasons at home and four seasons without a loss in The Palestra.

Welcome to The Palestra

The Palestra, which was built in 1927, was refurbished in 2000 and reopened amid some hoopla on Dec. 7 as “The Palestra 2000.” Known as college basketball’s most storied gymnasium, The Palestra was renovated into a type of museum of basketball history that includes players, coaches and fans from Penn, the Ivy League, local high schools, national powerhouse colleges, and of course, the Philadelphia Big 5. In an article titled, “A Museum in the Cathedral,” Sports Illustrated's Alex Wolff said “... Old friends - and the new friends The Palestra is making, like the Maryland basketball team, which strolled the halls in December on orders from Coach Gary Williams - regard the temple at 33rd and Walnut as “holier than a mere landmark.”

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