Men's Basketball League Leaders Battle it Out at The Palestra Tonight - Penn vs. Brown

Penn (8-7, 1-0 Ivy) vs.Brown (8-7, 1-0 Ivy)

Jan. 29, 2005 at7 p.m.

The Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Tonight the Quakers match-up with Brown University at 7 p.m. in The Palestra. Both teams share identical overall and conference records and are looking for their second-straight Ivy victory. Penn brings a four-game win streak into tonight’s game - its longest of the 2004-05 season.

Last Time Out

The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team turned an early 11-0 run into a 65-41 victory over Yale on Jan. 28 at The Palestra in its Ancient Eight Opener. Sophomore Steve Danley led all scorers with a career-high 16 points, while two other Quakers, senior Tim Begley (15) and sophomore Mark Zoller (14) also scored double-digit figures. Penn shot 50 percent in the first half and despite poor shooting in the second (35.7) increased their lead to as many as 30 (62-32).

One of the Best

University of Pennsylvania men's basketball program was named the 16th greatest college basketball program of all-time by Street and Smith's Specialty Publications. The Quakers were the first Ivy League and Big 5 institution to appear on the list.

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 278 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.

Brown

Glenn Miller put together back-to-back 17 game winning seasons and a school record 12 Ivy wins in 2002-03. In his fifth season at Brown, Miller has produced two of the top-three scorers in program history. He has finished second in the Ancient Eight in two of his four seasons and last season won 14 of his last 16 games and swept Princeton for the first time in school history.

Opening Weekend

The 2003-04 season marked the first time since the 1982-83 season that Penn lost both games of the Ivy League opening weekend. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 26-4 in opening weekends. He has gone 2-0, 11 times including a stretch of nine years (1992-2001) where he won both games in the first Ancient Eight weekend. In Friday night games to open the season, Dunphy is 11-4 and 12-3 on Saturday night contests.

In the Ancient Eight

The Quakers, winners of 22 Ivy League Championships, are 851-405 against Ancient Eight opponents. Penn has winning records against all its Ivy foes, including a commanding 88-18 advantage in the series with Brown.

Tonight’s Opponent

The Red and Blue lost both contests against the Bears last season, but Penn still holds an 88-18 lead in the series. It was first time since the 1990-91 season Penn lost both Ivy match ups to the Bears.

Looking at the Bears

Brown opened its Ivy League campaign on Jan. 28 with a 57-52 win over defending champion Princeton. After falling in their first four games of the season, the Bears rallied to win their next four before taking five of their last eight contests. Brown is led by Jason Forte, who sits atop the Ivy League in scoring, averaging 17.4 points per game. Brown, who is riding a two-game win streak, has six players in double-digit steals.

The Series

Prior to last seasons, 78-74 win in The Palestra, the Bears had not been victories on Penn's home court since a 61-58 win on Jan. 11, 1991. The Bears have only won a total of four games in The Palestra against Penn with two of them coming in the Dunphy Era. Overall Coach Dunphy is 24-6 against Brown. From 1992 to 2001, Penn won 19-straight games against the Bears. The Red and Blue lost both games last season including an overtime contest at Pizzitola Arena.

Last Five Meetings

2/20/04 Brown, 78-74

1/31/04 Brown, 92-88

2/28/03 Penn, 69-65

2/15/03 Penn, 73-66

2/9/02 Penn, 84-74

The Red and Blue on Jan. 29

Penn is 14-5 overall on the 29th day of the year. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is a flawless 4-0 on this day with wins over Princeton (1), Cornell (2) and La Salle. The last time the Red and Blue suffered a defeat on this day was in 1985 against La Salle.

Up Next ...

The Quakers make their first Ivy League road trip heading to Harvard and Dartmouth next weekend. Penn takes on the Crimson at 7 p .m. on Feb. 4 and the Big Green on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. The Red and Blue return home to face Princeton on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. in The Palestra.

Keeping the Score Down

Penn held the Bulldogs to just 41 points on Jan. 28. Its the lowest offensive output of the season by a Penn opponent and the lowest since Cornell managed only 39 points against the Quakers on March 7, 2003. The Quakers have held their opponents under 50 points, 26 times in the last five years.

Dandy Danley

Sophomore Steve Danley bested his career-high against Yale on Jan. 28. Danley scored 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field including a 2-for-3 effort from the foul line. His previous career-high came against Villanova on Dec. 31 where he scored 15 points.

Looking at the Points

• Points in the Paint

In Penn’s four-game win streak Penn has averaged 28.5 points in the paint. The Quakers got 36 points on the blocks against Yale and Siena

• Points off turnovers

In the last four games, Penn has averaged 15.3 points off turnovers. The Red and Blue picked up 19 points off Lafayette mishaps on Jan. 18, 16 against Siena and 15 versus the Bulldogs.

• Second Chances

Penn has made the best of second chance opportunities, averaging 12.5 points in that category over the last four games. The Quakers picked up 15 points on second chances in their win over Saint Joseph’s on Jan 25.

Snapping a Streak

Penn’s win over SJU on Jan. 25 was the first loss for the Hawks in Big 5 action since 2002. The longest win streak in the city series is held by Penn at 12 that lasted from Jan. 19, 1972 - Jan. 19, 1975. The class of 1974 won 11 of the 12 games.

Turnovers

The Quakers committed only six turnovers in their win over the Hawks on Jan. 25. Its the first time this season the Red and Blue have had less than eight turnovers. The last time the Quakers accomplished that feat was on March 5, 2004 against Dartmouth when they only committed six.

When No. 24 Scores in Double Figures

The Quakers are 6-0 when sophomore Mark Zoller scores in double figures. The forward from Blue Bell, Pa. has double-digit numbers against Quinnipiac (10), Drexel, (22), La Salle (11), Seina (18), Saint Joseph’s (13) and Yale (14).

Breaking Down the Points

In Penn’s win over the Hawks on Jan. 25, only six players managed to put points on the board, three sophomores and three seniors. The sophomore trio of Ibrahim Jaaber (13), Mark Zoller (13) and Steve Danley (10) combined for 36 points. While seniors Tim Begley (16), Eric Osmundson (9) and Jan Fikiel (6) totaled 31 points.

Starting Sophomores

Steve Danley, Ibrahim Jaaber and Mark Zoller put the first nine points on the board for the Quakers in Penn’s 67-59 win over Saint Joseph’s. During the Red and Blue’s 14-0 run to open the first half, the sophomores had 12 of those points. The trio had 24 of Penn’s 35 first half points.

Aiming for 1,000

Senior Tim Begley has 963 career points and needs just 42 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.

Nationally Recognized

Ibrahim Jaaber ranks among the best in Division I in steals. The sophomore guard has 35 steals or 2.7 spg. to his credit this season which ranks first in the Ivy League and 21st in the nation. Senior Tim Begley is also among the top-50 in Division I in assists. He ranks 23rd in assists per game.

Lending a Hand

Senior Tim Begley tied the program record for assists in a game with 13 helpers against Lafayette. Begley has 87 helpers so far this season and 376 in his career. He needs 11 more helpers to catch former teammate David Klatsky. Begley is currently averaging 6.0 apg, which leads the Ivy League.

Hot Potato

Senior Tim Begley can not only score points, but he can helps his friends score as well. The Freehold, N.J. native dished out a program record-tying 13 assists against Lafayette on Jan. 18. The record, held by Dave Wohl, C’71, went untouched for 35 years. Begley, who averaged 5.6 assists prior to the game, had nine helpers in the first half.

Give Him the Ball

In his first six games, senior Eric Osmundson averaged just 3.7 points per game and was shooting 28.6 percent from the field. But in five of the last eight games, he has scored in double figures and shot the ball much better, especially from beyond the arc. Osmundson combined for 14-for-23 from the field and 8-of-14 on three pointers against Siena and Lafayette. The guard is averaging 8.6 points per game which is third best on the team and ranks in the top-five in the League in three-point percentage (46.2)

Picking Pockets

On Jan. 18 against Lafayette, the Quakers stole the ball away 14 times. It was the second time this season, Penn has picked their opponents pockets that many times. Against the Leopards, eight different Quakers got their hands on the ball. Tim Begley had the most stolen ball with a career-high four, while three other players had two a piece. All five starters have at least one steal as well. Penn also had 14 steals against Bucknell on Dec. 1.

Dominating the Glass

Penn has had 40 or more rebounds in six games this season including five-straight contest - Illinois-Chicago (42), Siena (44), Lafayette (42), Saint Joseph’s (40) and Yale (43). The Quakers grabbed a season-high 19 offensive boards against Yale. Tim Begley leads all Quakers, averaging 6.0 rebounds per game, while sophomores Mark Zoller and Steve Danley average 5.8 and 4.9 rpg, respectively. Begley and Zoller rank in the top-10 in the League in rebounding.

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 15 more treys since then, Begley needs only 27 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

218 Tim Begley 2002-present

201 Matt Langel 1997-00

199 Garrett Kreitz 1995-98

Unblemished

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

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.

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 seven games. Begley has 41 trifectas this season and is on pace to establish a new program record for three-pointers in a career.

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.

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.

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 three 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

1/24 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Ibrahim Jaaber

Home Sweet Home

The Red and Blue are 728-314 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a losing 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.

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 278 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 167. He has amassed an overall record of 167-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 16th season at Penn.

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.”

A Little History Lesson

The University of Pennsylvania has three of the top-five longest running rivalries in NCAA Division I basketball history. Penn and Princeton have met 102 times on the hardwood, which ranks second on the all-time consecutive games played list. Penn’s series with Columbia and Cornell both rank third with 101 consecutive years.

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