Men's Basketball Is Finally Back at Home

PHILADELPHIA - A young Penn men’s basketball team gained an important win last week against Campbell -- important in that it gave the Quakers a dose of confidence, something that has been lacking in the early part of the season. Nearly a full month is still ahead before Ivy League play starts, but the Red and Blue play only five more games during that time as they look to continue their winning ways.

GAME 10 – PENN (2-7) vs. LAFAYETTE (4-9)

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009 * 7 p.m.

The Palestra (Philadelphia)

TV: None

Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer/Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Lafayette Game Notes (PDF)

Quaker Notemeal...

• The seven teams Penn has lost to this season are a combined 70-27, a 72.2 winning percentage (UNC 13-1, Drexel 5-7, Penn State 12-3, Albany 8-6, Villanova 12-2, Navy 11-4, UCF 9-4).

• Through nine games, Penn has had five different players lead in scoring in a game (Tyler Bernardini, Kevin Egee, Jack Eggleston, Harrison Gaines and Brennan Votel) and five different players lead in rebounding (Eggleston, Votel, Conor Turley, Zack Rosen and Cameron Lewis).

• Bernardini has reached the 20-point mark twice this season, giving the sophomore eight such games for his career. He leads Penn with seven double-figure scoring games so far this season.

• Rosen, a freshman, leads the Ivy League in assist/turnover ratio (2.59) and second in assists per game (4.90). In his first four collegiate games, Rosen had 25 assists and just three turnovers (all against No. 1 UNC).

• Eggleston, a sophomore, has scored in double figures in five of the last six games, averaging 13.7 ppg during that stretch; he earned all-tournament at the UCF Holiday Classic after leading the Quakers in scoring in both games.

• Votel, a senior, entered this season with one double-figure scoring game as a collegian; he has four such games already this season (Drexel, Monmouth, Navy, Campbell); he fell one rebound shy of a double-double against both Drexel and Navy.

• Lewis, also a senior, entered the UCF Holiday Classic with 20 minutes and three points for the season; he totaled 40 minutes in the two games in Orlando, scoring 20 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and blocking eight shots.

• Freshman Rob Belcore played 59 minutes at the UCF Holiday Classic after just 30 minutes of action through Penn’s first seven games; he had seven assists without a turnover vs. Campbell.

Penn vs. Lafayette

• This will be the 42nd meeting between Penn and Lafayette in men’s basketball; the Quakers have dominated the series, with a 37-4 lead, and have never lost to the Leopards at The Palestra.

• Penn had won eight in a row in the series until last year, when the Leopards gained an 81-69 win in Easton. That loss not only ended the Quakers’ streak over Lafayette; it also ended a 23-game win streak Penn had over Patriot League teams that dated back to January 27, 1997.

• Penn is 156-47 against the schools that make up the Patriot League, with a winning record against all but one of them. However, the Quakers have lost two in a row to PL teams (Lafayette last year, Navy this year).

American ... 6-0

Army ... 20-12

Bucknell ... 4-1

Colgate ... 7-1

Holy Cross ... 3-3

Lafayette ... 37-4

Lehigh ... 22-4

Navy ... 57-22

I Know You!

In playing Lafayette, Penn welcomes back to The Palestra the Leopards’ head coach, Fran O’Hanlon. Prior to making the move to head the Leopards, O’Hanlon was an assistant coach with the Quakers for three seasons under Fran Dunphy—and what seasons they were. O’Hanlon’s tenure spanned 1992-93 to 1994-95, when the Quakers went a perfect 42-0 in Ivy League play and played in three NCAA Tournaments.

Quite a Break

Penn had a 24-day break, an in-season record, from December 5 (Navy) to December 29 (UCF Holiday Classic).

Notemeal From Campbell...

• Penn put five players in double figures (Jack Eggleston 16, Cameron Lewis 14, Tyler Bernardini 13, Brennan Votel 11, Zack Rosen 10) for the first time since December 7, 2007.

• Penn had 12 blocked shots in the game, a high in the Glen Miller coaching era at Penn.

• Penn shot 54.7 percent from the field (29-of-53), by far its season high.

• Lewis led the team with seven rebounds, becoming the fifth player to lead Penn in boards in a game this season.

• Lewis also had five blocked shots, his career high and a Penn player high in the Miller era; he finished with eight in the tournament.

• Freshman Rob Belcore had seven assists without a turnover.

• Bernardini set a new career high with four steals.

Notemeal From UCF...

• After playing just 20 minutes in Penn’s first seven games, Lewis had 20 minutes of action off the bench and had six points, four rebounds and three blocked shots.

• Belcore made his first collegiate start and played 30 minutes, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds.

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