PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team plays its first Big 5 game of the 2014-15 season on Tuesday night, as the Quakers make the quick trip up to North Broad to face Temple and old friend Fran Dunphy.
GAME 4 – PENN (0-3) at TEMPLE (2-2)
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 * 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (Liacouras Center)
*Temple leads the series, 44-19, and has won seven in a row and 10 of the last 11 over Penn.
*The last time Penn defeated Temple was the 2006-07 season; coincidentally, that was Temple head coach Fran Dunphy’s first year on North Broad after 17 years as Penn’s head coach. The game marked Dunphy’s first “return” to The Palestra.
*These teams opened the season with each other a year ago, with Temple winning 78-73 at The Palestra. It was the earliest Big 5 game, by calendar date, in history. Tony Hicks had 28 points for Penn, while Darien Nelson-Henry recorded a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds).
The Teacher(s) and The Pupil
Tuesday’s game marks the second of two straight games in which Penn head coach Jerome Allen faced off against one of his coaches from his Quaker playing days. After matching wits with Fran O’Hanlon and Lafayette last Saturday -- O’Hanlon was an assistant coach on Allen’s teams in the mid-1990s -- on Tuesday Allen takes on his head coach from those days, Fran Dunphy. (Another assistant coach from those great Penn teams will be in the house Tuesday night, as Steve Donahue will serve as the analyst for the ESPN.com broadcast.)
The Owls played at the Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn over the weekend, losing to No. 3 Duke and UNLV on consecutive nights. Prior to that, they beat American and Louisiana Tech in games played at the Liacouras Center. Will Cummings -- a second-team All-Big 5 pick last year -- leads Temple in scoring (16.5 ppg) and also leads the team in assists (11) and steals (7). Quenton DeCosey averages 10.8 points per game and Daniel Dingle (9.5 ppg) is just below double digits. Mark Williams leads the Owls in rebounding (8.0 rpg).
The Quaker Notemeal from Lafayette
*Penn cut a 17-point deficit to two points (62-60), but never tied or held the lead in Saturday’s game.
*After going 0-for-7 on three-point shots in the first half, Penn was 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) beyond the arc in the second half.
*Junior Tony Hicks tied a Penn single-game record for assists, with 13. This mark had been attained three times previously, by Zack Rosen (2/5/2011 vs. Harvard); Tim Begley (1/18/2005 vs. Lafayette); and Dave Wohl (2/14/1970 vs. Brown).
*Hicks 14 points; he is the only Penn player to reach double figures in scoring in all three games so far this season.
*Hicks also tied a career high with four steals.
*Freshman Mike Auger nearly had his first collegiate double-double, with 18 points and nine rebounds.
*After going scoreless in Penn’s opening game, Auger has 28 points in the last two games and has shot 12-of-17 (70.6 percent) from the field in that time.
*Freshman Antonio Woods had his second double-figure scoring game in three outings, with 11 points.
*Woods knocked down three three-point shots on Saturday, a season/career high.
*Junior Darien Nelson-Henry had his first double-figure scoring game this season (his 24th at Penn) with 13 points.
*Senior Greg Louis had eight points, his best offensive output since he scored eight last January 2 at George Mason.
*After missing the first two games to injury, sophomore Dylan Jones saw his first game action of 2014-15 and had six points and three rebounds in nine minutes.