GAME 10 - PENN (5-4) at MARIST (2-10)
McCann Center (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010 * 7:30 p.m.
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / Marist Game Notes (PDF)
The Penn-Marist Series
*This will be the first meeting between the Quakers and the Red Foxes on the hardwood.
*Penn is 11-11 all-time against the schools that currently make up the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). That includes a 59-54 loss at Manhattan on Nov. 17, a game that Penn led 54-42 with seven minutes left.
Canisius ... 0-1
Iona ... 3-1
Loyola (Md.) ... 0-1
Manhattan ... 6-3
Niagara ... 0-3
Rider ... 0-2
Siena ... 2-0
The Red Foxes will be playing for the first time in 10 days when they tip off against the Quakers. Most recently, Marist fell to Holy Cross, 75-57, despite 14 point from R.J. Hall. Candon Rusin is Marist's leading scorer this season, he is averaging 9.8 points per game. Sam Prescott is averaging 9.1 ppg, while Hall is averaging 8.7 ppg and leads the Foxes with 31 assists and 11 steals. Jay Bowie leads Marist in rebounding, averaging 4.5 boards per game.
Junior Zack Rosen and freshman Miles Cartwright swept the Ivy League's weekly awards this week, as Rosen was Player of the Week and Cartwright was Rookie of the Week. Rosen -- who was also named the Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Week -- scored 30 points, 26 of them in the second half, while Cartwright added 20 in the Quakers' 78-68 win at Delaware last Wednesday. It was Rosen's first such honor this season, while Cartwright was honored for the third time in the young season.
Welcome to the Club!
Penn senior forward Jack Eggleston scored eight points in Penn's win last Wednesday at Delaware, including his 1,000th at Penn on a bucket that opened the second half. He became the 35th player in program history to reach the mark, and the first since Mark Zoller achieved it on Dec. 2, 2006.
Three's a Crowd?
We don't want to jinx it, of course, but it is worth noting that Penn has two players in addition to Eggleston who could reach the 1,000-point mark this season -- junior Zack Rosen (currently 873 points) and senior Tyler Bernardini (776).
After missing the first eight games of the season due to injury, junior Mike Howlett made his season debut last Wednesday at Delaware. He played 10 minutes, grabbing two rebounds. Last season, Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.
You want to figure out why Penn is winning? Here are a few things to note...
*Penn is 4-0 when outrebounding its opponent in 2010-11, but 0-4 when being outrebounded. The Quakers tied Delaware on the boards, 32-32, in last week's win.
*In Penn's five wins to date, the Quakers have averaged 30.4 free-throw attempts while their opponents have averaged 12.6 attempts. Last Wednesday at Delaware, the Red and Blue made 29 foul shots -- more than twice as many as the Blue Hens attempted (14)!
Quaker Notemeal From Delaware
*As a team, Penn committed just four turnovers, the fewest by a Quaker team since they had four in an 80-51 win over Dartmouth on Feb. 24, 1996.
*Penn scored 52 points in the second half, the most second-half points by a Quaker team since they scored 58 in a win over Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 18, 2006.
*The last time Penn scored 50 points in a half was in its last meeting with Delaware, on Nov. 21, 2009 -- the Quakers had 50 in the first half, but lost in double overtime, 97-94.
*Penn took 39 foul shots and made 29; Delaware took just 14 free throws. (In last year's game against Delaware, the Quakers attempted 50 free throws.)
*Senior forward Jack Eggleston scored his 1,000th point at Penn; he finished the night with eight points and a game-high 10 boards.
*Junior guard Zack Rosen tied a career high with 30 points; 26 of them came in the game's final 16:30.
*Freshman guard Miles Cartwright made his first collegiate start and finished with 20 points, his second 20-point game wearing the Red and Blue (22 at Pitt on Nov. 27).
*Senior forward Conor Turley tied a career high with 14 points; it marked the third time in four games he has reached double figures in scoring.
*Junior forward Mike Howlett made his season debut after missing the first eight games due to injury. He played 10 minutes and had two rebounds.
*The three players who came off the bench for Penn -- Howlett, junior Rob Belcore, freshman Fran Dougherty -- did not even attempt a shot in the game. The only bench points for the Quakers came at the foul line, where Belcore was 2-of-4.
The Injury Report
Senior Dan Monckton and freshman Marin Kukoc have not dressed yet this season due to injury. Monckton averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last year -- numbers that jumped to 9.9 ppg and 5.2 rpg in Ivy League play -- while Howlett averaged 7.8 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17 appearances last year including nine starts.