Men's Basketball Looks to Sweep Columbia in New York City

Penn (16-8, 9-1 Ivy) vs.Columbia (12-12, 3-8)

Feb.26 2005 at7 p.m.

Levein Gymnasium, New York City

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Back in the Win Column

The Quakers are back in the win column after a 66-49 victory over Cornell on Friday night. With the win, Penn clinches at least a share of the Ivy League title. The Red and Blue take their 9-1 conference record to New York City tonight for a 7 p.m. meeting with Columbia.

Last Time Out

Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber led three Quakers in double figures as Penn downed Cornell, 66-49 on Feb. 25. The Quakers used a 16-6 second half run to take a 20 point lead with 10 minutes left in the game. Jaaber scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting while classmates Steve Danley and Mark Zoller each added 10 points. Freshman David Whitehurst scored a career-high eight points in his first collegiate start.

Senior Tim Begley had seven points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the win. All five starters had at least one assist. Penn shot 50 percent from the floor and held the Big Red to just 35.3 percent. The Quakers out-rebounded the Big Red, 36-30.

A Look at the Leader Board

The Quakers stand atop the League leader board with a 9-1 conference record. Harvard’s win over Yale on Friday night and Dartmouth’s win over Brown placed the teams in a three-way tie for third with Cornell, who lost to Penn. All three teams sport a 6-4 conference record. Yale is fifth with a 5-5 record, while Princeton is sixth with a 4-6 mark. Both Brown and Columbia have three wins, but the Bears are seventh with just seven losses, while the Lions have eight.

A Decade Worth of Victories

Head Coach Fran Dunphy needs just one more win in 2004-05 to give him 11 season with at least 17 or more victories. The current Ivy League dean of coaches has 11 winning seasons under his belt and three straight heading into the 2004-05 campaign.

All-District Honors

Tim Begley was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District Team. Begley received second-team honors for District III. He was one of six Philadelphia Big 5 players to be named to the All-District III team, but is the only Ivy League player to make the list. He is one of 150 student-athletes from 15 districts who will be eligible for NABC All-American Team at the conclusion of the 2004-05 basketball season.

Picking Pockets, Breaking Records

Ibrahim Jaaber is the single season leader for steals with 68 stolen balls. Jaaber surpassed Matt Maloney on Feb. 19 when he picked up four steals against Yale to give him 63 stolen balls. The former Ivy League Player of the Year had 62 stolen balls during the 1993-94 campaign, where he averaged 2.21 picked pockets that season. Jaaber currently averages 2.8 steals per game.

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 286 career victories. He 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 175 Ancient Eight victories.

Columbia

Head Coach Joseph Jones is in his second season at the helm of Columbia basketball. He took over the program last season and recorded six conference wins which tied him for the second biggest one-year turnaround in Ivy League history. The Lions posted a 10-7 overall mark and finished tied for fifth in the League (6-8). Jones served as an assistant at Villanova for the six seasons prior to his arrival in New York City.

Since We Last Met

The Lions have lost their last four games and are on a seven-game skid after falling to Princeton, 68-59 on Friday night. John Baumann and Jeremiah Boswell led the Lions in scoring against the Tigers with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Matt Preston continues to lead the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 14.2 points per game and 6.9 boards.

Earlier this Season

Led by sophomore Steve Danley’s 18 points, Penn pulled out a 73-66 win over Columbia on Feb. 11. Two other Quakers scored in double-figures as Penn improved to 6-0 in the League and handed the Lions their four conference loss. Penn held a 30-28 lead at the half after trailing most of the first half. The Lions defense held the Quakers to just three field goals in the first 10 minutes of the game. Penn hit 15-of-21 free throw attempts to stay in the game. In the second half, Penn went on a 16-6 run to pull ahead by 11, their largest lead of the game, at 2:55. Penn saw their lead dwindle to three as the Quakers struggled from the free throw line and Columbia hit three treys. Penn clinched the win when Tim Begley, who had 13, sunk two attempts from the charity stripe.

The Series

Penn has won the last six match ups against the Lions and 23 of the last 25 meetings. Coach Fran Dunphy is 26-5 all-time against Columbia. The Lions have not had much luck against the Quakers in The Palestra, garnering just a 9-41 record. The last time Penn lost to Columbia in the Big Apple was on Feb. 17, 2001. The Lions prevailed 69-57.

Last Five Meetings

2/11/05 Columbia W, 73-66

2/28/04 Columbia W, 64-50

2/13/04 at Columbia W, 91-76

3/7/03 Columbia W, 63-39

2/8/03 at Columbia W, 47-40

The Red and Blue on Feb. 26

The Quakers are 18-11 on the 26th day of February. In the Dunphy era, Penn is 4-1.In road contests, the Red and Blue are 4-8.

Against the Empire State Ivies

Over the last 13 seasons, Penn’s home record during the Cornell/Columbia series is an impressive 25-1, while the Quakers are 21-3 on the road against these two opponents.

Up Next ...

Penn then returns to The Palestra for its final two home games of the season on March 4 and March 5. On March 5, the Quakers will recognize their seniors prior to the start of the game. The Quakers will take on Princeton on March 8 in Princeton, N.J. at 7 p.m.

Coach Dunphy in February

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 115-35 all-time in the month of February. The 16-year coach has gone undefeated four times in his career in 1993, 1994, 2000 and 2003. When Coach Dunphy and his Quakers have seven or more wins in February, Penn has won eight Ivy League Championships and finished second four times.

Welcome to the Starting Five

Freshman David Whitehurst made his first collegiate start on Feb. 25 against Cornell. The guard from Tinton Falls, N.J. scored a career-best eight points in a career-high 27 minutes of action. He also had three rebounds and two assists as a member of the starting five.

Shutting Down the Offense

For the fifth time this season and second against Cornell the Quakers have held their opponent to 50 points or less. The Big Red managed 50 point in their first meeting with the Red and Blue on Feb. 12, but put up only 49 in the second game of the series. Penn also held Drexel (50), Yale (41) and Dartmouth (44) under the half a century mark.

In League Games

Four Quakers are averaging double figures in League games. Senior Tim Begley leads the quartet with 14.5 ppg. Ibrahim Jaaber averages 12.2 ppg. while classmates Steve Danley and Mark Zoller average 11.2 and 10.6 ppg, respectively.

Scoreless

Two starters were held scoreless the weekend of Feb. 18 and 19. Against Brown, sophomore Steve Danley did not score for the first time all season as he went 0-for-4 from the floor in 17 minutes of action. For the second time this season, the Quakers leading scorer, Tim Begley, was held scoreless. Begley was 0-for-6 from the floor against Yale on Feb. 19. The last time Begley was held to zero points was against Villanova on Dec. 31, 2004.

The First Half

Sophomores Steve Danley, Ibrahim Jaaber, Ryan Pettinella and Mark Zoller scored 27 of Penn’s 30 first half points against Yale on Feb. 19. Zoller went 5-for-6 from the field for 11 points in the first 20 minutes and scored four of the Red and Blue’s first six field goals. Senior Eric Osmundson’s three pointer late in the first half was the only basket from a player who is not a member of the class of 2007.

Play Nice Boys

Five different Quakers have fouled out of games this season. Penn is 1-5 when a player commits five fouls. Forwards Mark Zoller and Jan Fikiel have each fouled out of two games. Both Quakers left the Yale game early, while Zoller made an early exit against Saint Joseph’s and Fikiel against Villanova. Steve Danley (Temple), Ibrahim Jaaber (Wisconsin) and Eric Osmundson (Rider) were the other three Quakers to foul out of games.

Crashing the Boards

Penn dominated the boards against Brown on Feb. 18 with 51 rebounds. For the first time since Nov. 23, 1999 against Temple, the Red and Blue grabbed 50 or more rebounds. On Feb. 18 against the Bears, Mark Zoller led the Quakers with 12 boards, while eight other players pulled down at least two rebounds.

Gone Running

The Quakers have won five of their last six games on second half runs. Penn has outscored their opponents, 99-24, on these runs. Penn’s biggest run came against Princeton on Feb. 8, a 21-3 run to overcome an 18 point deficit with less than eight minutes remaining.

Danley in The Palestra

Danley has been very effective in League action, but he is a real threat at home. In Ancient Eight games in The Palestra, he is averaging 16 ppg. He has scored double figures in four of those five games and added 23 rebounds, 14 assists, six blocks and three steals.

Movin’ On Up

Tim Begley became the 32nd member of the 1,000 point club on Feb. 5. With 16:26 remaining in the second stanza against Dartmouth, the Freehold, N.J. native downed a three-pointer to score the 1,000th, 1,001st and 1,002nd points of his career to join the exclusive club. With four games left in the regular season, the senior captain, who averages 14.6 ppg., stands 26th all-time in program history with 1,091 points.

Almost There

Tim Begley took over sole possession of second all-time in career three-pointers. The Freehold, N.J. native went 1-for-5 from three-point land against Harvard to surpass former teammate Jeff Schiffner who had 220 trifectas. Begley added 21 trifectas over the last seven games for 242 triples in his career. He has downed trifectas in 14-straight games. Begley needs three treys 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

242 Tim Begley 2002-present

220 Jeff Schiffner 2001-04

201 Matt Langel 1997-00

199 Garrett Kreitz 1995-98

Making Ivy History

Tim Begley currently sits tied for third all-time in Ivy League career three pointers. He and Jim Barton of Dartmouth (1986-89) have 242 treys, and three away from former teammate Matt Maloney, while Brian Earl of Princeton (1995-99) owns the record with 281 trifectas.

Multiplicity

Senior Tim Begley leads the team in multiple double-digit games. The senior has 16 games in double figures this season, including six straight and 12 of the last 16 contests. Five other Quakers have had several double figure games - Ibrahim Jaaber (14), Steve Danley (12), Mark Zoller (10), Eric Osmundson (9) and Jan Fikiel (5).

Honors All-Around

The Quakers have had four different players earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors and two receive Big 5 Player of the Week accolades.

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

1/31 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Steve Danley

2/14 Ivy League Player of the Week

- Tim Begley

Big Five Player of the Week

- Tim Begley

Non-Conference

Penn finished its 2004-05 non-conference campaign with a 7-7 mark. Six of the Red and Blue’s seven wins were double-digit victories including a 30 point win over Drexel on Nov. 23. Penn picked up wins over Bucknell and Lafayette to win 19 straight games against Patriot League opponents. The Quakers went 2-2 in the Big Five defeating La Salle, 78-67 and Saint Joseph’s, 67-59.

When 24 Equals Perfection

The Quakers are 9-1 when sophomore Mark Zoller scores in double figures. The forward from Blue Bell, Pa. had double-digit numbers against Quinnipiac (10), Drexel, (22), La Salle (11), Seina (18), Saint Joseph’s (13), Yale (14), Dartmouth (12), Brown (14), Yale (22) and Cornell (10)

A Streak is Over

Senior Eric Osmundson hit at least one three pointer in 17-straight games before the Brown game on Feb. 18, where he was held scoreless from long range. The Carlsbad, Calif. native has had three games with four or more trifectas this season. He’s shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc seven times and ranks fourth in the League in three-point field goal percentage (41.6).

Nationally Recognized (as of Feb. 21)

Ibrahim Jaaber ranks among the best in Division I in steals. The sophomore guard has 63 steals or 2.7 spg. to his credit this season which ranks first in the Ivy League and 14th in the nation. Senior Tim Begley is also among the top-50 in Division I in three-point field goals made, ranking 45th with 2.8 trey per game.

Lending a Hand

Senior Tim Begley tied the program record for assists in a game with 13 helpers against Lafayette on Jan. 18. The record, held by Dave Wohl, C’71, went untouched for 35 years. Begley has 117 helpers so far this season and 406 in his career which ranks third all-time.He surpassed Paul Chambers (1989-1992) who averaged 4.95 helpers in his career. Begley would need 64 assists to move into second place all-time.

Dominating the Glass

Penn has had 40 or more rebounds in nine games this season, including six straight contests - Illinois-Chicago (42), Rider (44), Siena (42), Lafayette (41), Saint Joseph’s (40) and Yale (43). The Quakers grabbed a season-high 51 rebounds against Brown on Feb. 18.

Beyond the Arc

The Red and Blue shot 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the three-point range 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.

One of The Best

The 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.

Home Sweet Home

The Red and Blue are 732-314 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.

He’s No. 2

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 286 career victories. Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 175. He has amassed an overall record of 175-42 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.”

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