Men's Basketball Travels to Davidson, Duke

PHILADELPHIA - It has been an eventful couple of weeks for the Penn men's basketball team, even though the Quakers have not played a game. The Quakers have gained a new head coach and a new assistant since their 80-75 loss to Monmouth. Monday night's game is the first under Jerome Allen, who was one of the finest players ever to wear the Red and Blue from 1992-95.

GAME 8 - PENN (0-7) at DAVIDSON (4-8)
Davidson, N.C. (Belk Arena)
Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 * 7 p.m.
TV: Davidson All-Access (www.davidsonwildcats.com)
Radio: WXPN 88.5 FM (Brian Seltzer, TBA)

Penn Game Notes (PDF)

Davidson Game Notes (PDF)

Penn vs. Davidson
Monday night's game will break a tie, as these teams have met eight times previously -- two in Philadelphia, two at Davidson, four neutral-site -- with each side winning four of them. (See page 66 of Penn's media guide for series info)

The last meeting took place Dec. 22, 2001 at The Palestra in Philadelphia, with Davidson taking a 75-71 decision in overtime.

The last meeting here at Davidson was Nov. 28, 2000, an 84-81 Wildcats win that also needed OT to decide it.

The last three meetings between the Quakers and Wildcats have been decided by a total of eight points, with the last two going to overtime (you might have deduced that).

Penn vs. Southern Conference
Penn has played 17 games against teams that currently make up the SoCo, going 12-5. Most recently, the Quakers have swept two-game, home-and-home series with The Citadel and Elon over the last four seasons...
The Citadel ... 5-0
Davidson ... 4-4
Elon ... 2-0
Furman ... 1-1

Change At the Top...
Tonight's game will mark Penn's first game under interim head coach Jerome Allen, who took over for Glen Miller following Penn's loss at Monmouth on December 12. One of Penn's all-time great players and a Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame inductee a year ago, Allen led the Quakers to three consecutive undefeated Ivy League seasons from 1993-95 before enjoying a pro career in Italy. A two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, Allen scored 1,518 career points and ended his career as the program's all-time leader in assists and steals. This was his first season as an assistant coach with the Quakers.

Time Out...
Due to the University's fall exam schedule, and the holiday season, tonight's game is the first Penn has played since December 12 (an 80-75 loss at Monmouth).

On The Road Again...
Penn is in the midst of a five-game road trip; in fact, it will be 36 days between home games for the Quakers. Penn's last game at The Palestra was Dec. 8 (a 78-60 loss to Albany), and the next home game will be the Red and Blue's Philadelphia Big 5 matchup with Temple (Jan. 13).

Quaker Notemeal...
Penn has knocked down 10 three-pointers as a team in three of the last five games.

Sophomore Zack Rosen has scored in double figures in five straight games (17.8 ppg) and had six or more assists in four of Penn's seven games to date.

Sophomore Mike Howlett had his third double-double of the season the last time out -- 16 points, 10 rebounds at Monmouth -- and has scored in double figures in four of the last five games (11.0 ppg).

Junior Jack Eggleston has scored in double figures in each of Penn's last five games (14.6 ppg) and six of the Quakers' seven games this season.

Sophomore Rob Belcore had a high for a Penn player this year with nine assists and three steals at Monmouth; his nine assists were the most by a Penn player since Rosen had nine last year at Harvard (Jan. 30) and he has 22 assists in Penn's last four games (5.5 apg).

Penn has missed the following regulars to injury this season: Justin Reilly (every game this season), Tyler Bernardini (last five), Andreas Schreiber (last five), Larry Loughery (last three). Bernardini and Loughery did not make the trip. Schreiber re-injured his shoulder in practice prior to the trip and will not be available for either game on this trip.

Quaker Notemeal From Monmouth...
Penn shot a season-best 46.0 percent from the field (29 of 63).

For the third time in five games, the Quakers hit 10 three-pointers as a team; in fact, Penn's 10-of-23 performance beyond the arc was a season-best, percentage-wise (43.5).

Penn outrebounded its opponent (36-30) for the third time in five games.

Penn had 25 assists on its 29 baskets; the 25 assists were the most by the Quakers in a game since Nov. 20, 2007 (30 vs. The Citadel).

Sophomore Zack Rosen reached the 20-point mark for the second time this season; he also reached six assists for the fourth time.

For the second time this season, Rosen hit five three-pointers; that is a Penn player high in the Glen Miller coaching era.

Sophomore Mike Howlett had his third double-double of the season, with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Junior Jack Eggleston scored 11 points, his fifth straight game in double digits and sixth this season.

Sophomore Rob Belcore had a high for a Penn player this year with nine assists and three steals; his nine assists were the most by a Penn player since Rosen had nine last year at Harvard (Jan. 30).

Senior Darren Smith matched a season and career high with three assists.

Junior Dan Monckton matched his career high with six rebounds.

Freshman Brian Fitzpatrick had a season-high eight points and four rebounds in 17 minutes of action.

Junior Zack Gordon scored his first points in a Penn uniform, hitting a layup with 11:23 left in the first half.

Download: 2009-10_MBB_Notes.pdf