Men's Basketball Readies For New York Swing

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team swept Dartmouth and Harvard last weekend at The Palestra. The Quakers hope to bring that momentum on the road this weekend, as they travel first to New York City on Friday night to face Columbia. After that, it’s off to Ithaca for one of the highlights of the season -- Head Coach Steve Donahue’s first game at Cornell since leaving the Big Red six years ago.

GAME 20 – PENN (8-11, 2-3 Ivy League) at COLUMBIA (16-7, 5-1)
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 * 7 p.m.
Levien Gym (New York City)

GAME 21 – PENN at CORNELL (9-11, 2-4)
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 * 6 p.m.
Newman Arena (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Also around the Ivy League…
FRIDAY: Princeton (4-1) at Cornell (2-4), 6 p.m.; Yale (6-0) at Dartmouth (1-5), 7 p.m.; Brown (2-4) at Harvard (1-5), 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: Princeton at Columbia, 7 p.m.; Yale at Harvard, 7 p.m.; Brown at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.

The New York Road Swing
*Penn has made this New York road swing 56 times previously. The Quakers have swept it 22 times (most recently in 2012); split it 24 times (including each of the last three years, the win coming at Cornell); and been swept 10 times (most recently in 2011).

Penn vs. Columbia
*This will be the 228th meeting between the Quakers and the Lions; Penn has played only Princeton more often (233 times). The Quakers lead the overall series, 139-88.

*These teams have split the season series each of the last three years, with the home team winning each time; in fact, the home team has won the last seven matchups, dating back to the 2012 season.

*Columbia rolled to an 83-56 win last year here at Levien Gym, but one month late Penn held the Lions to just nine first-half points on the way to a 54-46 win at The Palestra.

*Penn’s first-year head coach, Steve Donahue, went 15-5 against Columbia -- which is Cornell’s travel partner -- during his 10-year stint as the Big Red’s head coach (2001-10). The Big Red had a 7-3 mark in New York City during his tenure.

Penn vs. Cornell
*The Quakers lead the overall series, 150-74, and have won five in a row and seven of the last eight over the Big Red.

*Penn swept last year’s season series, eking out a 71-69 win in Ithaca in the first matchup and then gaining a 79-72 victory one month later at The Palestra in Philadelphia.

*Saturday’s game marks Coach Donahue’s return to Newman Arena, his first since leaving Cornell after the 2009-10 season.

Quaker Notemeal
*Through 19 games so far this season, Penn has a 1.04 assist/turnover ratio (262/253); last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.

*Penn has hit 10 or more three-pointers in six games overall this season; the Quakers hit 10 treys just once all of last year.

*Penn has had eight different players score in double figures in a game this season -- a ninth, sophomore Darnell Foreman, has reached nine points twice -- and three players who have had at least two games with more than 20 points (Darien Nelson-Henry, Sam Jones, Matt Howard).

*Darien Nelson-Henry -- who was named the Big 5 Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday -- has six double-doubles this season and leads Penn with 12 double-figure scoring games.

*Freshman Jackson Donahue has scored 114 points over the last eight games, including six double-figure outings, after scoring 18 combined -- 12 of them against Temple -- in Penn’s first 11 games.

*Donahue -- no relation to Head Coach Steve Donahue -- has 43 field goals this season; 32 of them are three-pointers. Of his 113 field-goal attempts, 93 have been from beyond the arc.

*Freshman Max Rothschild has scored 43 points in the last four games, including double-figure outings against Brown (18) and Harvard (14); he had scored just two points in the previous six games, and four points in the last eight.

*Sophomore Sam Jones -- who has hit double digits in scoring eight times -- has 55 field goals this season; 47 of them have been three-pointers. 137 of his 151 field-goal attempts have come from beyond the arc.

*Junior Matt Howard has scored in double figures in four of the last five games (13.6 ppg), six of the last eight, and seven of the last 10.

*After not scoring in Penn’s first 12 games -- playing just eight minutes in four appearances -- freshman Tyler Hamilton has played 77 minutes in the Quakers’ last seven games and scored 20 points (7 vs. Binghamton, 7 vs. Princeton, 1 vs. Saint Joseph’s, 5 at Yale).

*Sophomore Dan Dwyer has snared five or more rebounds in five of Penn’s last seven games (7 against both Binghamton and Princeton, 6 against both Yale and Brown, 5 vs. Dartmouth).

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