GAME 14 - PENN (5-8) vs. SAINT JOSEPH'S (5-13)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 * 7 p.m.
TV: Comcast Network (Scott Graham, Rob Kennedy)
Radio: ESPN 950 AM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)
Penn Game Notes (PDF) / SJU Game Notes (PDF)
The Penn-SJU Series
*This will be the 79th meeting between the Quakers and the Hawks; Saint Joseph's leads the series, 46-32.
*Saint Joseph's has dominated the series of late, winning five in a row, seven of the last eight, and nine of the last 11. The last four wins have all come by double digits.
*Last year, SJU gained an 85-64 victory at The Palestra. The teams were tied late in the first half, 27-27, but the Hawks went on a 13-0 run before the break and never looked back. Conor Turley scored what is still a career-high 14 points to lead Penn, while Jack Eggleston had 10.
*Penn closes a three-game stretch Saturday night against Atlantic 10 opposition, all of them also being Big 5 opponents. Penn is 105-133 all-time against the schools that currently make up the A-10. That includes last week's 89-83 OT loss at La Salle, and Wednesday's 73-56 loss at Temple.
Scouting Saint Joseph's
The youthful Hawks have lost five in a row and 11 of their last 13 after Wednesday's 64-59 Atlantic 10 loss to Rhode Island at Hagan Arena. Carl Jones -- who had 25 points against the Rams -- leads the way, averaging 17.8 points per game. Langston Galloway is averaging 11.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest.
Big 5 Hall of Fame Inductions
The latest class of inductees to the Big 5 Hall of Fame will be honored during Saturday's game, including former Penn women's player Jewel Clark (2001-04). The Class of 2011 also includes SJU's Rashid Bey, Villanova's Kerry Kittles, and two players from Temple (Rick Brunson, Stacey Smalls). (Click here for more info on the Hall of Famers)
Welcome to the Club!
In Penn's 78-68 win at Delaware on Dec. 22, senior forward Jack Eggleston scored his 1,000th point 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 reached it on Dec. 2, 2006. Eggleston enters tonight's game with 1,049 points in his Penn career.
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 with 920 points) and senior Tyler Bernardini (850).
*Eggleston's appearance Wednesday at Temple was his 100th in a Penn uniform.
*Bernardini hit his 100th career three-pointer Wednesday at Temple.
Miles and Miles
Freshman Miles Cartwright has already made quite a splash during his brief tenure wearing a Red and Blue uniform. He is averaging 11.6 points per game, good for third on the team behind Zack Rosen (15.3 ppg) and Jack Eggleston (13.1). Among his single-game highlights, Cartwright dropped 22 points at Pitt, 16 at Kentucky, and 20 at Delaware (highlighted by a personal eight-point run in the first half). Cartwright is a three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
Rounding Into Form?
In 2007-08, Tyler Bernardini was the Ivy League and Big 5 Rookie of the Year. In 2008-09, he led Penn in scoring (13.7 ppg) and earned honorable mention All-Ivy for the second time in as many years. Last season, he injured his foot in Penn's second game -- at Villanova -- and never came back. This season, Bernardini scored just 59 points in Penn's first nine games, but he has dropped 74 in the last four outings (18 at Marist, 22 at Kentucky, 17 at La Salle, 17 at Temple). Need further evidence? in Penn's first 10 games, Tyler was 8 of 44 (18.2 pct) on his bread and butter, the three-point shot; in the last three games, he is 8 of 14 (57.1 pct)beyond the arc.
Under the Radar
With all the talk being about Rosen, Cartwright, Eggleston and Bernardini this season, how about Conor Turley? He scored 13 points last Wednesday at La Salle. A senior captain with Rosen and Eggleston, Turley entered the season with three double-figure scoring games in his career; he has four such games in Penn's last seven contests.
Download: 14-Saint Joseph's.pdf