Men's Basketball Readies For Saint Joseph's

PHILADELPHIA - Coming off a sweep of its first Ivy League weekend of 2011-12, the Penn men's basketball hosts Saint Joseph's Saturday night in its final Philadelphia Big 5 and non-conference game of the season. The Quakers and the Hawks will tip off at 7 p.m. in the annual Palestra tussle, this year being hosted by the Red and Blue.

GAME 19 - PENN (9-9) vs. SAINT JOSEPH'S (12-7)
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 * 7 p.m.
TV: PennAthletics.com (there is a charge for this service)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF) / SJU Game Notes (PDF)

The Penn-Saint Joseph's Series
*The Quakers and the Hawks are meeting for the 80th time in history, with SJU holding a 46-33 lead in the series.

*Penn won last year's game, 73-61, to snap a five-game winning streak by Saint Joseph's. Tyler Bernardini scored what was then a career-high 27 points to lead the Red and Blue, while Zack Rosen had 17 and Miles Cartwright added 11.

About Saint Joseph's
The Hawks fell at Xavier Wednesday night, 68-55, their second loss in a row. Ronald Roberts Jr. and Langston Galloway led four SJU players in double figures with 14 points apiece, while Halil Kanacevic had 13 points and 14 rebounds. Carl Jones, who did not play Wednesday, leads the Hawks with a 17.2 points-per-game average; C.J. Aiken is among the national leaders in blocks.

Record Setter!
Senior guard Zack Rosen has 525 career assists, which is the all-time record at Penn. He set the mark on Jan. 4 at Lafayette with his 506th; the previous mark of 505 was set by Rosen's current head coach, Jerome Allen, from 1992-95.

An Original!
Rosen again. He has 110 assists for the season to become the first player at Penn to record four seasons with 100 or more assists. (He had 139 his freshman year, 124 his sophomore year, and 152 last season as a junior.) Assists have been kept as an individual stat at Penn since 1978-79.

Record Book Watch
*Rosen has 1,453 career points which puts him ninth on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Current Head Coach Jerome Allen is eighth, with 1,488 points from 1992-95.)

*Senior guard Tyler Bernardini has 1,353 career points which puts him 14th on Penn's all-time scoring list. (Herb Lyon is 13th with 1,356 points from 1946-50, while Bob Morse is 12th with 1,381 points from 1970-72.)

*Rosen has played 3,625 career minutes which is fourth all-time. (Tim Begley is third, with 3,682 minutes.)

*Rosen has 193 career three-point field goals which is sixth all-time, while Bernardini is seventh all-time with 183 treys. (Garett Kreitz is fifth, with 199 treys.)

*Rosen has made 376 career foul shots which is seventh all-time. (Current Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky is sixth, with 388 made foul shots.)

*Rosen has started 100 games in his career, tied with Jerome Allen for sixth place all-time. (Geoff Owens and Michael Jordan are tied with 101 starts from 1997-2001.)

*Bernardini has made 95 career starts which is ninth all-time. (Koko Archibong is eighth, with 99 starts from 2000-03.)

It Should Be Noted...
*Penn has held 12 of its 18 opponents below 45-percent shooting from the field (including seven at 40 percent or lower); last year, the Quakers held just 14 of their 28 opponents below the 45-percent mark.

*Rosen -- he just keeps popping up, doesn't he? -- is 53-of-55 from the charity stripe in Penn's last 14 contests, with streaks of 25 and 20 consecutive made during the current span.

*Rosen has led Penn in scoring 12 times in 18 games this season, while Bernardini has led the Quakers in rebounding eight times.

*Senior Rob Belcore has scored in double figures six times in Penn's last 11 games; prior to this run, his last double-figure outing came during the 2009-10 season (March 5 at Harvard).

Quaker Notemeal From Columbia/Cornell
*Penn swept the New York road swing for the 22nd time in 53 attempts, but this was the first sweep since the 2006-07 season; that was also the last time the Quakers won at Cornell.

*Penn held Cornell to 52 points, a low by an Ivy League opponent since Feb. 4 of last year when the Quakers held Dartmouth to 47.

*Penn led from start to finish at Cornell, the first time that has happened this season.

*Senior guard Zack Rosen had five steals at Cornell, tying his career high and matching the most by a Penn player in the Merome Allen coaching era.

*Rosen scored 15 points at Columbia, with 13 of them coming in the game's final 11:06.

*Rosen scored 13 of his 18 points at Cornell in the first half, going 6-of-7 from the field; in the second half, senior guard Tyler Bernardini scored 12 of his 18 while going 5-of-6 from the field.

*Rosen made his 100th career start at Penn in the Cornell game; the night before, at Columbia, Bernardini played his 100th contest wearing the Red and Blue.

*Sophomore guard Miles Cartwright had 16 points at Columbia, his best output in a game since scoring 27 at Rider on Nov. 17.

*Sophomore center Fran Dougherty tied a season/career high with three blocked shots at Cornell.

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