Penn (4-7) vs. Siena (3-11)
Jan. 15, 2005 at1 p.m.
Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y.
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The Red and Blue return to the road after a short homecoming in The Palestra. Penn looks to snap a five-game losing streak when it travels to Siena on Jan. 15.
Down to the Wire
Senior Jan Fikiel came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points and classmate Tim Begley added 18 points and 10 rebounds as Penn took Rider into overtime before falling, 74-68 on Jan. 12. In a game that saw seven ties and 17 lead changes neither team led by more than six points until Rider led by half a dozen to end the game. Fikiel came up with two big treys, the first with 4:30 on the clock in the second half, he downed a three to tie the game at 57-57. The Quakers went up by three on two free throws from sophomore Ryan Pettinella and one from sophomore Steve Danley. After Rider’s Jerry Johnson cut the lead to one, Begley put the Red and Blue up 62-59 on two baskets from the charity stripe. Rider’s Paul Johnson hit a trey with 1:30 to go in the second half to tie the score 62-62. Penn scored two three-point baskets in the extra period, but two buckets from the Broncs and 3-of-4 shooting from the free throw line put Rider on top.
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 274 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.
Head coach Rob Lanier in his fourth season at the helm of Siena basketball and sports a 55-56 overall record. In 2003, Lanier and the Saints won 21 games including two Postseason NIT contests. In his first season, he guided the seventh-seeded Saints to a conference championships and trip to the NCAA tournament. Siena defeated Alcorn State to advance to the Round of 32 where it faced eventual National Champions Maryland. Lanier served as an assistant coach at Texas from 1999-2001 where he helped guide the Longhorns to two NCAA tournament appearances. He also served as an assistant at Rutgers, St. Bonaventure and Niagara.
Scouting the Saints
Siena has lost four of its last five contests, including a 77-66 loss to Fairfield on Jan. 12. Jack McClinton had a career night against the Stags, scoring 23 points. McClinton, a two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week award winner, is second on the team is scoring, averaging just over 10 points per game. Michael Haddix leads the team with 16.2 ppg. The Saints are shooting 67.9 percent from the charity stripe and 36.3 percent from the field. Antoine Jordan has dominated on the glass, collecting 93 rebounds.
This is the first meeting between the two schools. It’s also the second MAAC team the Quakers have faced this season. Penn fell in a tough battle to Rider, 74-68, in overtime on Jan. 12 at The Palestra.
Penn Against the MAAC
Siena is the second team in the MAAC on the 2004-05 schedule. In fact the Saints are the second-straight MAAC opponent for the Red and Blue. Penn is 9-8 all-time against MAAC opponents. The Quakers defeated Manhattan last year in the Dreyfus Holiday Classic. Head Coach Fran Dunphy has faced four MAAC schools - Canisius (0-1), Iona (1-1), Manhattan (1-0) and Rider (0-1).
Name That Color
Penn is 142-39 against schools who have the same name as colors. The Quakers are 88-19 against Brown, 54-21 against Navy and 0-1 versus Auburn. Siena is just the fourth different school with the same name as a color Penn has faced.
The Red and Blue on Jan. 15
Penn is 11-10 overall in this day in January. In road contests, the Quakers are 6-2 but have never faced a team from the MAAC. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 1-1 on Jan. 15.
Up Next ...
Penn travels to Lafayette on Jan. 18 before returning to The Palestra for three games including the Quakers’ first Ivy League contests. 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.
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.
Penn is on a five-game skid, its the longest losing streak for the Red and Blue since the Quakers lost seven in-a-row to open the 2000-01 campaign. Despite a rough start to the season that year, Penn finished second in the Ivy League with a 9-5 mark and 12-17 overall record.
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.
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 UIC Pavilion saw a few firsts for the Quakers on Jan. 8. Sophomore Steve Danley downed a three-pointer just four minutes into the game for his first collegiate trifecta. Senior Jan Fikiel put back-to-back treys in the basket to open the second half. It was the first time in his collegiate career to make two three-point baskets in a game.
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.
Four Quakers scored in double figures for the Red and Blue against the Dons. It was the second-straight game that four players reached the double-digit mark and third of the season. Ibrahim Jaaber led the Red and Blue for the second-straight game with 12 points. Tim Begley added 11, while Eric Osmundson and Steve Danley contributed with 10 each.
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 three games. Begley has 32 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 916 career points and needs just 84 to become a member of the 1,000 point club at Penn. Their 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 Temple on Dec. 8. 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 58 helpers so far this season and 347 in his career. He needs 40 more helpers to catch former teammate David Klatsky. Begley is currently averaging 5.27 apg, which leads the Ivy League.
Among the Best
Ibrahim Jaaber ranks among the best in Division I in steals per game. Jaaber is 21st in the nation in steals per game, averaging 2.7 picked pockets per game.
Ibrahim Jaaber leads the Ivy League in steals with 28 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.
How May I Assist You
The Red and Blue handed out 22 assists against La Salle on Dec. 4. It’s the first time this season the Quakers have dished out more than 20 helpers. Tim Begley led the way with seven assists, followed by senior Eric Osmundson who had six, senior Jan Fikiel (four), sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber (two), freshman Michael Kach (two) and sophomore Mark Zoller (one).
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.
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 seven more treys since then, Begley needs only 35 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
209 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
Princeton (14) 125
Penn (1) 111
Brown (1) 83
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 274 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.”