Penn (18-8, 11-1 Ivy) vs.Harvard (12-14, 7-6 Ivy)
March 5,2005 at7 p.m.
The Palestra - Philadelphia, Pa.
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The Quakers are winners of three straight after a 64-37 victory over Dartmouth on Friday night. Penn hosts Harvard tonight in the final home game of the season for the Red and Blue. The Quakers and Crimson tip-off at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
Sophomore Mark Zoller and senior Tim Begley each scored in double figures to lead the Quakers to a 64-37 win over Dartmouth on March 4. Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber broke the Penn and Ivy League record for steals in a game, snatching away nine balls including seven in the first 20 minutes. The Penn defense held the visiting team to just one field goal in the first 12 minutes on the game. The Quakers headed into the locker room up 31-17 at the half on the strength on sophomore Ryan Pettinella’s nine first half points. Zoller was perfect 6-for-6 from the field for a game-high 14 points. He also grabbed nine rebounds, while Begley scored 10 points and dished out four assists. Ten of the 12 Quakers who got in the game scored at least one point.
The Dean of Coaches
With Penn’s win over Columbia on Feb. 26, Head Coach Fran Dunphy recorded his 11th season with at least 17 wins. With two League games left and 18 victories under his belt, Dunphy could finish the 2004-05 season with 20 wins for the eighth time in his tenure at Penn.
Four members of the class of 2005 - Tim Begley, Jan Fikiel, Eric Heil and Nameir Majette - will play their final games in The Palestra this weekend. Entering Friday night’s game, the quartet is an impressive, 40-12, on their home floor. Prior to the start of Saturday night’s game, each senior will be recognized along with members of their families. (Note Eric Osmundson has one year of eligibility remaining.)
King of Thieves
Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber set a Penn and Ivy League record for steals in a game on March 4 against Dartmouth. Jaaber snatched away nine balls in the game including seven in the first half to break the record which eight former Ancient Eight players shared. The Elizabeth, N.J. also established a new Ivy League single season record for steals. Jaaber established a new record of 80 steals - besting Andrew Gellert of Harvard’s five-year old record of 74 stolen balls.
Battle For Second
The Quakers have clinched the Ivy League title, but four teams are battling for second place. Heading into last nights games, Harvard, Cornell and Dartmouth were tied for the second spot with a 7-5 record. All three teams lost, while Yale, who has only played 12 games won. The four teams all have four losses making the Ancient Race for second a tie one.
Now Playing - The Jaaber Show
Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber earned Big Five and Ivy League Player of the Week honors for his outstanding performance last weekend. Jaaber averaged 20.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg in Penn’s wins over Cornell and Columbia. The guard scored a career-high 26 points on 9-for-12 shooting in the title-clinching win over Columbia and added a game-high 14 points in a 66-49 victory at Cornell. Jaaber also had eight steals, five assists and four blocks on the weekend.
Top of the Charts
Tim Begley became Penn’s all-time leader in three pointers when he nailed his 245th career trifecta against Columbia. The senior guard broke Matt Maloney’s record of 244 treys which stood for 10 years. The Freehold, N.J. native has had at least one three pointer in 23 of Penn’s 26 games this season.
245 Tim Begley 2002-present
244 Matt Maloney 1993-95
220 Jeff Schiffner 2001-04
201 Matt Langel 1997-00
199 Garrett Kreitz 1995-98
The First Ones In
Since the 1969-70 campaign, the 2005 Quakers are the third team to have claimed the outright Ivy League title and the NCAA spot after 11 games. The two other teams were the 1991 Princeton team and the 1979 Penn squad.
Nationally Recognized (as of Feb. 27)
Sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber currently ranks 10th in the nation in steals per game. The Elizabeth, N.J. native has snatched away 71 balls this season which also tops in the Ancient Eight.
Player of the Year
Penn’s senior Tim Begley was named Player of the Year in the Ivy League by collegeinsider.com. Begley is first in the Ancient Eight in steals, three pointers made and assist/turnover ratio. He ranks third in the Ancient Eight in scoring and eighth in rebounding.
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 288 career victories. He has had 11 winning seasons at Penn, including four-straight 17 plus-win seasons. Dunphy is the second winningest coach in the Ivy League with 177 Ancient Eight victories.
Head Coach Frank Sullivan is in his 14th season at the helm of Harvard basketball and his 21st season as a head coach. Sullivan has led the Crimson to the third most Ivy League victories in the last nine seasons, trailing only Penn and Princeton. In six of the last nine years, Harvard has finished in the top-half of the League, and looks to do so again in 2004-05 as they it is tied for second heading into the final weekend of the season.
Since We Last Met
Harvard fell to Princeton, 66-44 on Friday night snapping a two game win streak. The Crimson have won three of last five, and The Crimson enter their final game on the season at 12-14 overall and 7-6 in Ivy League play. Brian Cusworth, the reigning Ivy League co-player of the week leads the Crimson in scoring with 14 points. Two other Crimson averaging double figures - Matt Stehle and Kevin Rogus.
Earlier this Season
Led by senior captain Tim Begley’s 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Penn men’s basketball team defeated Harvard, 70-57 on Feb. 4. Two other players scored in double figures - Eric Osmundson (10) and Ibrahim Jaaber (12). Senior Jan Fikiel scored seven points, grabbed one rebound, rejected a career-high four shots and picked up one steal. The Quakers shot 42.9 percent for the game after hitting 50 percent (13-of-26) in the first half. For the first time in nine games, Penn was out-rebounded by its opponent for the first time in nine games and Harvard picked up 41 boards and Penn grabbed 39.
The Quakers and Crimson have met 147 times in school history with Penn holding a 120-27 advantage in the series. Penn has won the last six meetings and 13 of the last 15 games. Both of those losses came on the road in Cambridge, Mass. on Feb. 9, 2001 and Jan. 12, 2002. Penn Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 26-5 against the Crimson with three losses on the road and two in The Palestra. The Red and Blue had an 11-game win streak against the Crimson snapped on Feb. 9, 2001 when Penn suffered a 77-62 defeat.
Last Five Meetings
2/5/05 at Harvard W, 70-57
3/6/04 at Harvard W, 77-56
2/6/04 Harvard W, 104-69
2/21/03at Harvard W, 82-66
2/1/03 Harvard W, 75-59
The Red and Blue on March 5
The Quakers sport a 19-6 record on March 5. Five of the Red and Blue losses on this date in March came on the road. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 4-0 in games on this date.
Also on March 5
Sophomore Mark Zoller is celebrating his 20th birthday on March 5. The native of Blue Bell, Pa. was born in Meadowbrook, Pa. Zoller is the third Quaker this season to have his birthday fall on game day.
Up Next ...
Penn will conclude its 2004-05 Ivy League campaign on March 8 at Princeton. The Quakers will tip-off with the Tigers at 7:30 p.m. on CSTV.
The Quakers are the first team to punch their ticket to the dance, but they still have to wait until Selection Sunday to find out who they will play and where. Stay tuned to www.pennathletics.com for all your NCAA Tournament ticket information.
Coach Dunphy in February
Head Coach Fran Dunphy finished the month of February with an all-time record of 116-35. The 16-year coach has gone undefeated four times in his career in 1993, 1994, 2000 and 2003. When Coach Dunphy and his Quakers have seven or more wins in February, Penn has won nine Ivy League Championships and finished second four times.
Shooting the Rock
Penn has shot above 50 percent in its last three contests. The Quakers shot above 50 percent against Cornell and Columbia on Feb. 25 and 26, hitting 57. 8 percent of its shots against the Lions. Against Dartmouth on March 6, the Quakers continued hit their shots, shooting 51.1 percent from the floor, including a 59.1 percent effort in the first 20 minutes. Sophomore Mark Zoller was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and classmate Ryan Pettinella hit all four of his shots from the floor.
Keep Your Eyes on the Ball
The Quakers picked up 14 steals against the Big Green on March 4. It was the third time this season, the Red and Blue snatched away that many balls. Ibrahim Jaaber had a career-high and record setting nine steals, while Steve Danley and Mark Zoller had two a piece and Tim Begley picked up one.
Tim Begley was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District Team. Begley received second-team honors for District III. He was one of six Philadelphia Big 5 players to be named to the All-District III team, but is the only Ivy League player to make the list. He is one of 150 student-athletes from 15 districts who will be eligible for NABC All-American Team at the conclusion of the 2004-05 basketball season.
Picking Pockets, Breaking Records
Ibrahim Jaaber is Penn’s single season leader for steals with 80 stolen balls. Jaaber surpassed Matt Maloney on Feb. 19 when he picked up four steals against Yale to give him 63 stolen balls. The former Ivy League Player of the Year had 62 stolen balls during the 1993-94 campaign, where he averaged 2.21 picked pockets that season. Jaaber currently averages 3.0 steals per game.
Welcome to the Starting Five
Freshman David Whitehurst made his first collegiate start on Feb. 25 against Cornell. The guard from Tinton Falls, N.J. scored a career-best eight points in a career-high 27 minutes of action. He also had three rebounds and two assists as a member of the starting five. He started in the Quakers last two games - Columbia and Dartmouth as well.
Shutting Down the Offense
For the sixth time this season, the Quakers held their opponent to 50 points or less. Dartmouth scored only 37 points against the Quakers on March 4. Its was the lowest offensive output against the Quakers since Columbia managed only 39 points against the Quakers on March 7, 2003. Penn also held Drexel (50), Yale (41) Dartmouth (44) and Cornell (50, 49) under the half century mark.
Movin’ On Up
Tim Begley became the 32nd member of the 1,000 point club on Feb. 5. With two games left in the regular season, the senior captain, who averages 14.7 ppg., stands 23th all-time in program history with 1,125 points.
Making Ivy History
Tim Begley is currently second all-time in the Ancient Eight in career three-pointers made with 245. His three treys against Columbia on Feb. 26 moved him ahead of Jim Barton of Dartmouth. Brian Earl of Princeton holds the record with 281 trifectas.
Senior Tim Begley leads the team in multiple double-digit games. The senior has 18 games in double figures this season, including six straight and 14 of the last 18 contests. Five other Quakers have had several double figure games - Ibrahim Jaaber (15), Steve Danley (12), Mark Zoller (11), Eric Osmundson (9) and Jan Fikiel (6).
In League Games
Four Quakers are averaging double figures in League games. Senior Tim Begley leads the quartet with 14.5 ppg. Ibrahim Jaaber averages 12.2 ppg. while classmates Steve Danley and Mark Zoller average 11.2 and 10.6 ppg, respectively.
Danley in The Palestra
Danley has been very effective in League action, but he is a real threat at home. In Ancient Eight games in The Palestra, he is averaging 16 ppg. He has scored double figures in four of those five games and added 23 rebounds, 14 assists, six blocks and three steals.
The Quakers have had four different players earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors and three receive Big 5 Player of the Week accolades.
11/29 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Mark Zoller
Big Five Co-Player of the Week
- Mark Zoller
12/6 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Tim Begley
Big Five Player of the Week
- Tim Begley
1/24 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Ibrahim Jaaber
1/31 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Steve Danley
2/14 Ivy League Player of the Week
- Tim Begley
Big Five Player of the Week
- Tim Begley
2/28 Co-Ivy League Player of the Week
- Ibrahim Jaaber
Big Five Player of the Week
- Ibrahim Jaaber
Penn finished its 2004-05 non-conference campaign with a 7-7 mark. Six of the Red and Blue’s seven wins were double-digit victories including a 30 point win over Drexel on Nov. 23. Penn picked up wins over Bucknell and Lafayette to win 19 straight games against Patriot League opponents. The Quakers went 2-2 in the Big Five defeating La Salle, 78-67 and Saint Joseph’s, 67-59.
When 24 Equals Perfection
The Quakers are 10-1 when sophomore Mark Zoller scores in double figures. The forward from Blue Bell, Pa. had double-digit numbers against Quinnipiac (10), Drexel, (22), La Salle (11), Seina (18), Saint Joseph’s (13), Yale (14), Dartmouth (12), Brown (14), Yale (22), Cornell (10) and Dartmouth (14).
Lending a Hand
Senior Tim Begley tied the program record for assists in a game with 13 helpers against Lafayette on Jan. 18. The record, held by Dave Wohl, C’71, went untouched for 35 years. Begley has 127 helpers so far this season and 416 in his career which ranks third all-time. He surpassed Paul Chambers (1989-1992) who averaged 4.95 helpers in his career. Begley would need 53 assists to move into second place all-time.
Dominating the Glass
Penn has had 40 or more rebounds in 10 games this season, including six straight contests - Illinois-Chicago (42), Rider (44), Siena (42), Lafayette (41), Saint Joseph’s (40) and Yale (43). The Red and Blue’s most recent 40 rebound effort was against Dartmouth on March 4. Penn pulled down 44 boards. Mark Zoller led the team with nine boards. The Quakers grabbed a season-high 51 rebounds against Brown on Feb. 18.
Beyond the Arc
The Red and Blue shot 78.6 percent (11-of-14) from the three-point range against Drexel, breaking the program record for three-point accuracy in a game. The previous record of 75 percent was set against USC on Jan. 11, 2003 when the Quakers went 15-of-20 from beyond the arc. Penn tied the record just 19 days later against Princeton, nailing 6-of-8 trifectas.
One of The Best
The University of Pennsylvania men's basketball program was named the 16th greatest college basketball program of all-time by Street and Smith's Specialty Publications. The Quakers were the first Ivy League and Big 5 institution to appear on the list.
Home Sweet Home
The Red and Blue are 733-314 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a losing 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.
He’s No. 2
Head Coach Fran Dunphy is second all-time in the Ivy League with 288 career victories. Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 177. He has amassed an overall record of 177-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 16th season at Penn.
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.”