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Penn (4-8) at Miami, Fla. (12-1)
Jan. 2, 2008 * 8 p.m.
BankUnited Center (Miami, Fla.)
Radio: WPEN (950 AM) / - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Penn’s two-game trip to Florida got off to a disastrous start, as the Quakers tied a dubious NCAA record en route to a 60-30 loss at Florida Gulf Coast. After turning the calendar to 2008, Penn faces a University of Miami team that also lost Saturday night -- just its first defeat of the 2007-08 season.

Penn scored just six points in the first half of its loss at FGCU Saturday night, tying an NCAA Division I record for fewest points scored in a half in the shot-clock era. Now, playing only its third game in 25 days -- after starting the season with 10 in 30 days -- the banged-up Quakers match up with a Hurricanes squad that was ranked 19th in last week’s national polls, but fell out after their 76-70 loss to Winthrop.

The Series With Miami (Fla.)
• Penn and the University of Miami are meeting for the eighth time in men’s basketball; the Hurricanes hold a 4-3 lead in the series.
Jan. 2, 1948 - Penn 53, at Miami 46
Dec. 29, 1949 - at Miami 64, Penn 62
Dec. 30, 1949 - at Miami 53, Penn 51
Dec. 29, 1951 - Penn 89, at Miami 64
Dec. 28, 1953 - Penn 67, at Miami 54
Dec. 27, 1966 - at Miami 82, Penn 78
Dec. 28, 1988 - Miami 102, Penn 69 (at Palm Beach Classic)

• Penn actually boasts a winning record all-time against the schools that currently make up the Atlantic Coast Conference, at 36-35. This is the Quakers’ third game against an ACC team this season; they have already lost to Virginia, 100-85, and North Carolina, 106-71. (the Cavs and Tar Heels, of course, tied for the ACC regular-season title last year)
Boston College2-1
Georgia Tech4-2
Miami (Fla.)3-4
North Carolina2-5
N.C. State0-2
Wake Forest1-3

Injury Update
Penn played at Florida Gulf Coast without the services of senior Michael Kach, freshman Harrison Gaines and junior Brennan Votel, all to injury. Kach (6.8 ppg) and Gaines (5.4 ppg) are usually the Quakers’ first two players off the bench, along with sophomore Andreas Schreiber, while Votel (1.9) is also a regular in the rotation. All three players are unlikely for Tuesday night’s game, as well.

Behold...The Future!
Penn has already had three different freshmen earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors a total of five times -- coincidentally, the honor has only been given five times so far this season. The only time Penn did not win the honor was Dec. 17, after the Quakers did not play the previous week, and in fact nobody was given the award. Jack Eggleston was the first recipient, on Nov. 19; Harrison Gaines was next, sharing the honor with Brown’s Pete Sullivan on Nov. 26; and most recently Tyler Bernardini has won it Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 24 for his efforts against Villanova, North Carolina, Monmouth and Elon.

Notes From Fla. Gulf Coast
• One year after scoring 97 points against the Eagles in Philadelphia, the Quakers scored just 30 in Fort Myers, Fla.

• Penn’s 30-point output was a program low in the NCAA’s shot-clock era (since 1985); in fact, it was the Quakers’ lowest output in a game since the 1966-67 season finale, when they lost at Princeton 25-16.

• Penn scored just six points in the first half, tying an NCAA Division I record for fewest points scored in the first half. The mark was originally set by Northwestern, which scored just six at home against Illinois on Feb. 19, 2000 en route to a 63-30 loss.

• Penn hit just one field goal in the first half (a jumper by Bernardini) and was just 5.9 percent from the field in that stanza.

• Penn did not have any players score in double figures in the game, a first in the Glen Miller era as head coach of the Quakers.

• For the second time this season, the Penn bench (17 points) outscored the starters (13).

• Senior Joe Gill tied his career high with four points, and established new career marks with two rebounds and seven minutes.

Quaker Notemeal
• Penn has had nine different players reach double figures in scoring in at least one game already this year, including four freshmen. (see page 8)

• Penn has played three ranked teams this season -- then-#23 Virginia, at then-#21 Villanova, and current #1 North Carolina.

• Senior Brian Grandieri, a second-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, is the only Penn player to start all 12 games this season; overall, head coach Glen Miller has started 10 different players.

• Freshmen Tyler Bernardini, Jack Eggleston and Harrison Gaines have swept the Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors all five times it has been given this season, with Bernardini winning it three times, Eggleston once and Gaines once.

• Bernardini had scored 83 points in the four games prior to Saturday night’s loss at Gulf Coast, including 21 against Villanova, 26 vs. North Carolina and 23 vs. Elon. He has seven double-figure outings in the last nine games, and scored Penn’s only field goal in the first half at FGCU.

• Eggleston has only two games in double figures; however, he has scored at least seven points in all but two games this season and is averaging 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per contest.

• Sophomore Justin Reilly has scored in double digits three times in the last seven games, and started each of the last six.

• Junior Aron Cohen has started the last three games; they are just the third and fourth starts of his collegiate career (the first came earlier this season, Nov. 11 at Loyola, Md.).

2007-08 Honors
Tyler Bernardini (#3)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (12/24)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (12/10)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (12/3)
Jack Eggleston (#24)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/19)
Harrison Gaines (#22)
Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/26)

Settling on Starters
• Just when it seemed like Penn head coach Glen Miller might be settling on his starting five, he has changed it up by going with junior Aron Cohen ahead of freshman Harrison Gaines each of the last three games. Miller has started 10 different players through 12 games this season. In the last 10 games, three of the starters have been senior Brian Grandieri and freshmen Tyler Bernardini and Jack Eggleston; in the last six games, sophomore Justin Reilly has also gotten the nod.

A Bad Break (Literally!)
• Sophomore Darren Smith, one of just two returning starters for this year’s team, was lost for the season after he fractured his patella (right knee) in the first half of the season opener against Drexel.

• Smith’s injury is actually the second this season to knock the Quakers for a loop; prior to the season, junior Tommy McMahon had surgery which is forcing him to miss the 2007-08 season. He has been plagued by back problems during his first two seasons at Penn, but was expected to be a major contributor.

Notes From Elon
• If Quaker fans were feeling deja vu from Penn’s 67-64 win over the Phoenix, that’s probably because last year the Quakers edged Elon, 66-64 -- a one-point difference.

• Bernardini had his fourth-straight double-figure scoring game, and his third 20-point outing in the last four contests, with a game-high 23 points.

• Bernardini also scored the last nine points of the game for the Quakers, with a three-point basket and six free throws down the stretch.

• Cohen set a career high with five assists, and also grabbed three rebounds in his second-consecutive start.

Notes From Monmouth
• With the win, Penn remained not only unbeaten against Monmouth, but improved to 12-0 all-time against schools that currently make up the Northeast Conference.

• Penn improved to 3-0 this season when shooting a better field-goal percentage than its opponent. (see page 8)

• Cohen made just his second collegiate start -- the other came November 11 at Loyola (Md.) -- and his only field goal in the game kicked off a 10-0 Penn run that turned a 52-51 lead into an 11-point advantage that Monmouth could not overcome.

• Grandieri had a game-high 21 points, marking the fifth time he has led Penn in scoring in a game this season. It was also Grandieri’s third 20-point game this season and fourth of his college career.

• Reilly scored 12 points, his third time reaching double figures in the last five games (9.6 ppg during that stretch).

Download: 0708 Notes 13 (@Miami).pdf