Men's Basketball Set to Tip Off 2011-12 Season

PHILADELPHIA -The 2011-12 season is here! And to start the season, Head Coach Jerome Allen brings his team to the site of his first win as the Quakers' mentor -- UMBC's RAC Arena. Tonight marks the first of a staggering eight games that Penn will play in the month of November.

GAME 1 - PENN (0-0) at UMBC (0-0)
RAC Arena (Baltimore)
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 * 7:30 p.m.
TV: UMBCRetrievers.tv (there is a $5.95 charge)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)/ UMBC Game Notes (PDF)

The Series
*Tonight's game marks the third time these teams have met in men's basketball, and they have all come in the last three seasons. Last year, Penn defeated UMBC 71-59 at The Palestra in Philadelphia. The first meeting took place here at the RAC Arena two seasons ago and was an 82-71 win for Penn; as mentioned above, it was the Red and Blue's first win under Jerome Allen.

*In last year's game, Penn used a nine-point run to break a 23-23 tie and never looked back to gain the win. Miles Cartwright led the Quakers with 19 points, while now-graduated Jack Eggleston had 17 and Zack Rosen added 12.

Scouting UMBC
After going 5-25 last year, UMBC was picked to finish seventh in America East this season by the conference coaches. The Retrievers figure to be led by Chris De La Rosa, who a second-team all-conference selection last year who was named to the preseason all-conference team. He led the AE in scoring and assists last year. In a preseason exhibition against the College of New Jersey, freshman Joey Getz led the way with 15 points while classmate Nate Basalyga added 12.

Ivy League Preseason Poll
Penn was picked to finish fourth in the Ivy League's Preseason Media Poll, which came from the votes of two members of each school's media contingent as well as one national voter. After going 7-7 last year, the Quakers received 90 voting points. Harvard, which went 12-2 and tied Princeton for last year's Ivy League title, is a near-unanimous pick to repeat. The Crimson received 135 voting points and 16 of the 17 first-place votes. Yale and Princeton each received 103 voting points and split the pick for second place, although the Bulldogs -- who went 8-6 last year to finish third -- received the lone remaining first-place vote.

Quaker Notemeal From Carleton Exhibition
*The Quakers defeated the defending Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national champions, 74-72, last Saturday.

*Senior guard Zack Rosen provided the winning points when he was fouled taking a three-point shot with 0.3 seconds left and the game tied. He hit his first two foul shots, then missed the third on purpose and Carleton could not get a shot off the rebound. He finished the game with 17 points and a team-high six assists.

*Senior Tyler Bernardini led Penn with 21 points, all of them coming from beyond the arc as he was 7-of-8 from downtown.

*Sophomore Fran Dougherty scored 12 points, while classmate Marin Kukoc -- who missed all of last year to injury -- came off the bench and had 11.

*Among the newcomers, Camryn Crocker recorded seven points, three rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes while Simeon Esprit had six points and two assists. Keelan Cairns and Patrick Lucas-Perry also saw action.

Download: 201112notesvpenn.pdf