PHILADELPHIA – The ebbs and flows of an inexperienced team have been on full display in the last week. After a solid performance in front of a sold-out Palestra crowd last Saturday against No. 5 Villanova, the Quakers started slowly on Wednesday against Monmouth. The Hawks took advantage, and Penn never recovered in taking its second-straight 15-point loss. This Saturday, another Hawks team visits another sold-out Palestra: Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s.
GAME 15 – PENN (4-10) vs. SAINT JOSEPH’S (8-9)
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 * 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
*The Hawks lead the series, 48-34, and have won each of the last two years here at The Palestra (85-68 last year, 79-59 in 2012-13).
*SJU blew Penn out in the first half last year, making 13 of 15 three-point shots in the period to take a 57-23 lead by the break. For Penn, Tony Hicks had 15 points while Dylan Jones had 10.
*Penn has an 85-97 all-time record against programs that currently play in the Atlantic 10 Conference. That includes a loss to La Salle earlier this season.
Weekly Honors For Woods
Freshman Antonio Woods was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday, after his 18-point performance against Villanova. It was his second time being so honored this season.
About Saint Joseph’s
Under head coach Phil Martelli, the Hawks have won two of their last three after a four-game losing streak. On Wednesday, Saint Joseph’s defeated UMass, 62-56. DeAndre’ Bembry stuffed the stat sheet against the Minutemen with 25 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocked shots. He leads SJU in scoring (17.1 ppg), while Isaiah Miles averages 10.8 points per game and Aaron Brown averages 9.9 ppg. Only a sophomore, Bembry also leads SJU in assists (53), blocked shots (20) and steals (34).
Quaker Notemeal of Note
*Penn has had six different players lead the team in scoring in a game this season (juniors Tony Hicks and Darien Nelson-Henry; sophomore Matt Howard; freshmen Mike Auger, Sam Jones and Antonio Woods).
*Penn has shot better than 50 percent from the field five times in its last 12 outings.
*Penn has outrebounded 10 of its 14 opponents this season; in two of those other four games, the Quakers matched their opponent in the rebound column.
*Junior guard Tony Hicks had a four-game streak of double-figure scoring snapped last Saturday against Villanova (8 points); he has reached double digits in 10 of the Quakers’ 14 contests this season.
*Hicks enters this weekend’s game needing 89 points to reach 1,000 for his Penn career.
*Sophomore guard Matt Howard has reached double figures in scoring in three of Penn’s last four games; four of the last six contests; and six of the last nine outings.
*Freshman forward Mike Auger has led Penn in rebounding in four of the eight games he has played this season.
*Senior forward Greg Louis has shot 66.7 percent from the field (12 of 18) over the last five games.