PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team has a modest two-game win streak, both of them on the road. The Quakers return home for the first time since November 22 on Tuesday night, and will try to keep their momentum going against another struggling team in Marist. This game is the second of a doubleheader, following the Penn-Saint Joseph’s women’s game that tips off at 5:30 p.m.
GAME 8 – PENN (2-5) vs. MARIST (1-7)
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 * 8 p.m.
Philadelphia (The Palestra)
*The Red Foxes lead the series, 2-1;Tuesday willmark the fourth time in the last five years that these teams have played.
*The home team has won every matchup so far in this series.
*Marist rolled out to a 23-point halftime lead en route to a 76-62 win last year in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Tony Hicks scored nine points and tied for team-high honors as nobody reached double digits in the scoring column for the Quakers.
*Penn enters the Marist game with a 22-16 all-time record against programs that currently play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, or MAAC; that includes Rider, which already beat Penn this season, 73-57. (0-1 vs. Canisius, 0-1 vs. Fairfield, 3-1 vs. Iona, 7-3 vs. Manhattan, 1-2 vs. Marist, 5-1 vs. Monmouth, 1-3 vs. Niagara, 2-0 vs. Quinnipiac, 1-4 vs. Rider, 2-0 vs. Siena)
Under first-year head coach Mike Maker, the Red Foxes have lost three straight including MAAC games to Monmouth and Manhattan. Phillip Lawrence was the only Marist player in double figures in those MAAC contests, with 14 points against Monmouth and 15 at Manhattan; he is averaging 10.6 ppg.
Six of the 16 players on Penn’s roster this year are freshmen, while a seventh -- senior Matt Hanessian -- is new to the varsity after three years playing on the Quakers’ JV team.
After Tony Hicks (1,464 career minutes) and Darien Nelson-Henry (1,017), the other four returnees expected to dress today entered the season with a combined 1,278 career minutes of action. (Senior Camryn Crocker, 621; senior Greg Louis, 537; sophomore Matt Howard, 113; sophomore Matt Poplawski, 7).
The Youth Getting Experience
Penn’s seven newcomers (the freshmen and Hanessian) have played 586 of the team’s 1,425 minutes this season (41.1 percent).
Foreman Earns Ivy Weekly Honor
Freshman guard Darnell Foreman was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday morning. He is the third different Penn player so honored already this season, joining classmates Antonio Woods and Mike Auger. Foreman had nine points, two steals and two blocked shots in Wednesday's win at Navy, then followed that up with his first double-figure scoring game at Penn (11 points) as well as eight rebounds, four assists and two more steals in Saturday's win at Binghamton.
The Quaker Notemeal at Binghamton
*Penn has won two in a row for the first time since February 7-8 of last season (Cornell, Columbia).
*Penn has won two straight road games for the first time since for the first time since February 24-25, 2012 (at Dartmouth, at Harvard).
*Penn has won two straight non-conference road games for the first time since the 2006-07 season (January 6 at Elon, January 18 at La Salle).
*Penn won in the red uniforms for the first time in the Jerome Allen coaching era; the Quakers were 0-10 in such games prior to Saturday.
*Penn never trailed or was tied in Saturday’s game.
*Penn scored 79 points, a season high.
*Penn was 26-of-51 from the field, the third time in five games the Quakers have shot better than 50 percent.
*Penn hit a season-high nine three-point baskets and shot a season-best 47.4 percent beyond the arc.
*For the third straight game, Penn made more foul shots than its opponent.
*Penn outrebounded its opponent for the fifth-straight game and the sixth time in seven contests.
*Penn’s +13 rebound margin was a season high.
*Penn had six different players score in double figures, a first in the Allen coaching era.
*Junior Tony Hicks scored 18 points and led Penn in scoring for the fifth time in seven games this season.
*All of Hicks’ points came in the second half, and 16 of them came in the final 11:16.
*Junior Darien Nelson-Henry set a season high with 16 points, and finished one rebound shy of his second-straight double-double.
*Nelson-Henry led Penn in rebounding in the fourth-straight game and the fifth time this season.
*Freshman Darnell Foreman had his first double-figure scoring game at Penn, set season/career highs in points (11) and rebounds (8), and tied a season/career high with four assists.
*Freshman Sam Jones had his first collegiate double-figure scoring game with 11 points, and tied season/career highs in assists (3) and three-point field goals (3).
*Jones has 14 field goals this season; 11 of them are three-pointers.
*Sophomore Matt Howard had his second double-figure scoring game at Penn, with 10 points, and set a season/career high with three assists.
*Freshman Antonio Woods tied his season/career high with 11 points.
*Senior Greg Louis tied a season high with seven rebounds.