Men's Basketball Returns to The Palestra for City Match-up with Drexel

Penn vs. Drexel

Nov. 23, 2004

The Palestra

Live on Comcast SportsNet at 8:06 p.m.

Audio of the game can be heard on WXPN 88.5 FM and

Last Time Out

Penn lost a tough basketball game against No. 20 Wisconsin on Nov. 20. In front a sold out Kohl Center, senior Tim Begley scored 15 points, including three trifectas to lead the Red and Blue. Wisconsin prevailed 77-44 against the Quakers who were plagued by poor shooting and foul troubles. Begley went 5-for-10 from the floor and 3-for-7 from three-point land. The senior captain also dished out five assists and grabbed eight rebounds. Sophomore Steve Danley contributed 10 points while classmate Ibrahim Jaaber got his hands on five stolen balls to tie his career high.

The Palestra, So Glad to Be Here

After three games in five days in three different cities, the Quakers return home for the their next three contests. Penn will face Drexel, La Salle and Bucknell in the friendly confines of The Palestra. The Quakers went 6-6 at home last season and sport a 29-11 record over the last three seasons.

Tough Travels

Penn opened the 2004-05 campaign at home with a 74-60 win over Quinnipiac in the Preseason NIT on Nov. 16. With the win the Red and Blue advanced to face Providence in the second round at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Nov. 18. The Friars handed the Quakers a tough, 89-52, loss. Penn then headed back to Philadelphia to catch a plane to Wisconsin, where the Quakers fell to the 20th-ranked Badgers, 77-44.

Leading the Charge

Senior captain Tim Begley is leading the Quakers contingent in more ways than one this season. A natural leader on the court, Begley is the Quakers top point getter so far this season. The Freehold, N.J. native is averaging 14.3 points per game. Only one other Quaker is averaging double figures - sophomore Steve Danley with 10.0 ppg.

Snatching the Ball Away

Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber has eight steals this season including tying a career high against the Badgers on Nov. 20 - stealing the ball away five times. Jaaber led the Quakers in thefts last season with 32.

Dishing Out

Senior Tim Begley dished out five assists against Wisconsin on Nov. 20 to give him 10 assists on the season and 299 career helpers, which is tied for eighth in program history. Begley shares the eighth position with Mark Lonetto who averaged 3.78 assists per game from 1975-77. He needs just five more to move into sole possession of seventh place which is held by current assistant coach Matt Langel with 303 helpers.

Coaches Corner


Head Coach Fran Dunphy is in his 16th season at the helm of Penn basketball. Coach Dunphy is the winningest coach in Penn basketball history with 271 career victories. Dunphy has had 11 winning seasons at Penn including three-straight 17 plus-win seasons. Dunphy is the second winningest coach in the Ivy League with 166 Ancient Eight victories.


Head Coach James "Bruiser" Flint has made an immediate impact on the Drexel basketball program in his first two seasons as head coach. The Philadelphia native returned to his home state after a 12 year stint with the University of Massachusetts. Flint served as head coach for the Minutemen for five seasons after serving as an assistant coach to John Calipari for seven years. Since his return, Flint has compiled a 48-41 mark at Drexel, including a 19-win campaign in 2003-04. The Dragons advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship game and earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament last year as well. Flint sports a career mark of 119-98, he was named CAA Coach of the Year in his first season with the Dragons and has had back-to-back CAA Defensive Player of the Year winners.

From the Floor

Steve Danley tied a personal best in field goals made with four against Providence. He last accomplished that feat against Dartmouth on March 5, 2004.

Continuing His Streak

Senior Tim Begley has scored at least one three-pointer in his last eight games, dating back to Feb. 21, 2004 against Yale. Begley had a 23-game stretch last season where he scored at least one trifecta, but Brown denied him from three-point land on Feb. 20, 2004.

Scouting the Dragons

The Dragons are coming off their most successful season since 1998-99, collecting 19 wins in 2003-04 and advancing to the finals on the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. The 2004-05 squad who was picked to finish second in the CAA media poll, return four starters from last season. Seniors Phil Goss and Sean Brooks were tabbed preseason first-team all-conference picks. Goss averaged 13.1 points per game last season and led the CAA in three-pointers with 90. Brooks had the second highest-shooting percentage in the conference at a .597 percent and averaged 14.1 ppg.

In Exhibition Play

The Dragons dominated the University of the Sciences, 78-45, in an exhibition game on Nov. 11. Four Dragons reached double-figures with Sean Brooks recording a double-double. The Dragons held the Devils to 36 percent shooting from the floor, while shooting 54 percent themselves. Bashir Mason was a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor en route to scoring a game high 19 points. He also dished out five assists and collected two steals.

The Series

The Red and Blue hold a 12-4 advantage in the series with Philadelphia's sixth school. Last season the Dragons opened their season against the Quakers at The Palestra. The Red and Blue took a 79-73 victory behind the efforts of Jeff Schiffner and Adam Chubb who added 20 and 19 points, respectively. The Quakers never trailed in the game and led by as many as 16 points in the first half. Then-junior transfer Eric Heil added a career-high 10 points, while sophomore Steve Danley scored nine points.

Penn Against the CAA

Penn is 39-9 against the Colonial Athletic Association all-time. They have a winning record against the five conference schools they have faced. The Quakers are perfect against American (6-0) and William & Mary (2-0).

Moving Up the Charts

Begley ranks fifth all-time at Penn in three-pointers made with 185 trifectas in his career. He needs only 61 baskets from three-point land to nab the top-spot, which is held by current Assistant Coach Matt Langel. Begley also stands third in the Penn accolades in three pointers made in a season with 83 in 2003-04.

Opening with Offense

Penn’s win against Quinnipiac on Nov. 16 was the most points scored in a season opener since 2001-02 when the Quakers tallied 79 points against Georgia Tech in a 79-74 win on Nov. 19.


Three Quakers scored in double-digits in the season opener. Senior Tim Begley lead all players with 22 points, while sophomores Steve Danley and Mark Zoller put up 11 points and 10 points, respectively.

Sophomore Career Highs

Sophomores Steve Danley, Ryan Pettinella and Mark Zoller all posted career highs against Quinnipiac. Danley scored a career-high 11 points and made a career-high five free throws. Pettinella pulled down career numbers on the boards with nine rebounds.

Zoller grabbed a career-high 15 boards

Double Trouble

Sophomore Mark Zoller posted his third career double-double against Quinnipiac. The Blue Bell, Pa. native put up 10 points and pulled down 15 boards including 13 defensive rebounds. Zoller had back-to-back double-doubles last season against La Salle and Temple. On Jan. 14, Zoller collected 10 rebounds and scored 12 points against the Explorers. On Jan. 21, the then-rookie nailed 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against the Owls.

Dominance on the Glass

The Quakers pulled down 48 boards against Quinnipiac which is the most since the Red and Blue collected 49 rebounds against La Salle on Jan. 14, 2004. Penn had nine games last season where they pulled down 40 or more boards.

What’s on Deck

The Quakers host Bucknell on Dec. 1 at The Palestra. Game time is 7 p.m. Penn willthen take on La Salle in the first game of the Big 5 doubleheader on Dec. 4 at The Palestra. Tip-off is 1 p.m.

Who’s Gone?

The Quakers lose three of the top-five scorers to graduation including All-Ivy selections Jeff Schiffner and Adam Chubb. Schiffner led the Quakers in scoring with 14.4 points per game. Chubb was third on the team in ppg (10.5) and first in rebounds per game (7.5). Charlie Chopp rounded out the top-five in scoring with 7.4 ppg.

Who’s Back?

Nine letterwinners return for the 2004-05 campaign including All-Ivy selection Tim Begley. Sophomore Mark Zoller played in every game last season and made 21 appearances as a starter. Classmate Ibrahim Jaaber played in 25 game last season. Senior Jan Fikiel made six starts last season and played in 17 contests.

Welcome to Collegiate Basketball

Six new student-athletes will don the Red and Blue this season including four freshmen and two upperclassmen. Joining the line-up will be freshmen Joe Gill (Doylestown, Pa.), Brian Grandieri (Media, Pa.), Michael Kach (Carmel, N.Y.), and David Whitehurst (Tintin Falls, N.J.), sophomores Lorenz Manthey (Hamburg, Germany) and junior Adam Franklin (New Castle, Del.).

Penn Tabbed Second by Media

The Quakers finished second in the 2004-05 Ivy League Media Poll. Princeton garnered the top spot with 14 of the 16 first-place votes. Penn received one first-place nod, while Brown grabbed the final one. Yale was picked to finish third followed by Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Dartmouth.

Nationally Known

Senior Tim Begley was one of the nation’s top three-point shooters last season. The Freehold, N.J. native ranked ninth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (45.6 percent) and 23rd in trifectas per game (3.1)

Moving Up the Charts

Begley ranks fifth all-time at Penn in three-pointers made with 182 trifectas in his career. He needs only 63 baskets from three-point land to nab the top-spot, which is held by current Assistant Coach Matt Langel. Begley also stands third in the Penn accolades in three pointers made in a season with 83 in 2003-04.

Ivy League Media Poll

Team Votes

Princeton (14) 125

Penn (1) 111

Yale 85

Brown (1) 83

Columbia 62

Cornell 54

Harvard 37

Dartmouth 19

A Decade Worth of Victories

For the 10th time since his tenure began, Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s team has recorded at least 17 victories in a season. The current Ivy League dean of coaches has 11 winning seasons under his belt and three straight heading into the 2004-05 campaign.

He’s No. 2

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 271 career victories, after surpassing Cappy Cappon who recorded 250 wins in 20 seasons at Princeton. Princeton's Pete Carril, who spent 29 seasons with the Tigers, is the all-time Ivy League wins leader with 514. Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 156. He has amassed an overall record of 156-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 14 seasons at Penn, giving him a .788 winning percentage.

Home Sweet Home

The Red and Blue are 724-313 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a loosing season at home since 1984-85 where the Quakers went 4-9. The Quakers have had 19 perfect Ivy League seasons at home and four seasons without a loss in the Palestra.

Welcome to The Palestra

The Palestra, which was built in 1927, was refurbished in 2000 and reopened amid some hoopla on Dec. 7 as “The Palestra 2000.” Known as college basketball’s most storied gymnasium, The Palestra was renovated into a type of museum of basketball history that includes players, coaches and fans from Penn, the Ivy League, local high schools, national powerhouse colleges, and of course, the Philadelphia Big 5. In an article titled, “A Museum in the Cathedral,” Sports Illustrated's Alex Wolff said “...Old friends - and the new friends The Palestra is making, like the Maryland basketball team, which strolled the halls in December on orders from Coach Gary Williams - regard the temple at 33rd and Walnut as “holier than a mere landmark.”

A Little History Lesson

The University of Pennsylvania has three of the top-five longest running rivalries in NCAA Division I basketball history. Penn and Princeton have met 102 times on the hardwood, which ranks second on the all-time consecutive games played list. Penn’s series with Columbia and Cornell both rank third with 101 consecutive years.

NCAA Longest Running Rivalries

Gms. Schools Years

103 Columbia vs. Yale 1902-2004

103 Princeton vs. Yale 1902-2004

102 Princeton vs. Penn 1903-2004

101 Columbia vs. Penn 1904-2004

101 Cornell vs. Penn 1904-2004

Download: Drexel Notes.pdf