PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team has been off since December 9, thanks to fall-term final exams. The Quakers get back at it on Saturday, hosting Ursinus College at The Palestra. The game is the second half of a Penn basketball doubleheader, as the women host Drexel at noon followed by the men at approximately 2:30 p.m. (If you want to really get your fill of Palestra hoops that day, come back at 7 p.m., when the Drexel men host Penn State!)
GAME 10 – PENN (4-5) vs. URSINUS (1-4)
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 * 2:30 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
The Series with Ursinus
The Quakers lead the Bears, 12-1, but don’t read too much into that -- the last time these teams played was the 1944-45 season. Ursinus’ only win came on December 4, 1926.
The Last Time...
Penn played an NCAA Division 3 program? You have to go back almost exactly 22 years to December 18, 1993 when the Quakers hosted Haverford College here at The Palestra and defeated the Fords, 114-73. Led by Jerome Allen and Matt Maloney, that Penn team went on to a 25-3 overall record and a second-consecutive 14-0 Ivy League mark.
There is a Connection
Penn’s first-year head coach, Steve Donahue, is a 1984 Ursinus College graduate, where he was a four-year letterman in both basketball and baseball for the Bears and captain of the basketball team as a senior. His freshman season, Donahue helped the basketball team finish 23-8 and advance to the NCAA semifinal round. (Several members of that team will be in attendance for this game.) His sophomore year, the Bears were NCAA quarterfinalists.
*Through nine games, Penn has a 1.16 assist/turnover ratio (129/111); Last year, the Quakers’ assist/turnover ratio was 0.78.
*Penn is averaging 12.4 turnovers per game; last year, the Quakers averaged 15.0 turnovers per game.
*Penn has 63 three-point baskets so far this season, a 7.0 per-game average. Last year, Penn averaged 5.5 treys per game.
*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry has scored in double figures in all but one game this season; he was held to eight by Navy.
*Nelson-Henry has four double-doubles this season (Central Connecticut State, La Salle, at George Mason, Temple) and finished one rebound shy of a double-double two other times (Robert Morris, at Lafayette); Penn is 7-3 when Nelson-Henry has recorded a double-double during his career.
*Penn is 9-4 when sophomore Sam Jones scores in double figures during his career; that includes six of nine games so far this season.
*Jones has 35 field goals this season; 28 of them have been three-pointers. 73 of his 83 field-goal attempts are from beyond the arc.
*In the last four games, sophomore Antonio Woods has scored 12 first-half points and 53 second-half points (0/17 at Lafayette, 3/13 vs. Navy, 3/7 at George Mason, 6/16 vs. Temple); for the season, he has 26 first-half points and 81 second-half points.
*Woods has scored in double figures in four-straight games, averaging 16.3 ppg during this mini-stretch.
Notemeal from Temple (Dec. 9)
*Penn lost for the first time this season when placing three different players in double figures in the scoring column (previously 4-0).
*Penn hit 10 three-point shots for the second time this season.
*Sophomore Antonio Woods set a season/career high with 22 points, and also had seven assists with just one turnover.
*Senior Darien Nelson-Henry had his second-straight double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) and fourth this season.
*Freshman Jackson Donahue had his first double-figure scoring game at Penn, with 12 points (on four three-pointers).
*Sophomore Darnell Foreman made his first start of the season.
Download: 10-Ursinus (12-19).pdf