Penn (4-9) vs. New Jersey Institute of Technology (0-16)
Jan. 5, 2008 * 7 p.m.
The Palestra (Philadelphia)
Radio: WPEN (950 AM)/PennAthletics.com - Brian Seltzer, Vince Curran
Penn Game Notes (PDF)
PHILADELPHIA - Florida, the Sunshine State? Do not tell that to Penn men’s basketball coach Glen Miller, his staff or his players. The weather was far from frightful during their trip south, but stormy clouds prevailed as the Quakers struggled mightily in both of their games.
The Quakers hope that a return to The Palestra will bring a reversal of fortune after losing at Florida Gulf Coast (60-30) and Miami (88-62). Following tonight’s game, Penn is off until January 15, when the Quakers host La Salle in the first of three-straight Philadelphia Big 5 games, two of which will take place at The Palestra.
The Series With NJIT
Penn and NJIT are meeting for the first time in men’s basketball; in fact, the Quakers have never played a team that currently plays as an NCAA Division I independent.
Penn has had 10 different players reach double figures in scoring in at least one game already this year, including four freshmen.
Penn has played three ranked teams this season -- then-#23 Virginia, at then-#21 Villanova, and current #1 North Carolina.
Senior Brian Grandieri, a second-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, is the only Penn player to start all 13 games this season; overall, head coach Glen Miller has started 10 different players.
Penn has played the last three games without senior Michael Kach, freshman Harrison Gaines and junior Brennan Votel; all three have been sidelined with injuries since returning from the short Christmas break.
Freshmen Tyler Bernardini, Jack Eggleston and Harrison Gaines have swept the Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors all five times it has been given this season, with Bernardini winning it three times, Eggleston once and Gaines once.
Bernardini had scored 83 points in the four games prior to Penn’s trip to Florida, including 21 against Villanova, 26 vs. North Carolina and 23 vs. Elon. He has seven double-figure outings in the last 10 games, and went for nine at Miami (Fla.) in the Quakers’ most recent game.
Junior Cameron Lewis was a surprise starter against Miami (Fla.), but rewarded Coach Miller’s hunch with career highs in points (13), rebounds (6) and blocked shots (4) in 23 minutes of action.
Junior Kevin Egee was also a revelation against the Hurricanes, establishing new career bests in rebounds (7), assists (5) and steals (2) while playing 30 minutes.
Tyler Bernardini (#3)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (12/24)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (12/10)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (12/3)
Jack Eggleston (#24)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/19)
Harrison Gaines (#22)
Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week (11/26)
Settling on Starters
Just when it seemed like Penn head coach Glen Miller might be settling on a starting five, he changed things up at Miami by going with Cameron Lewis and Andreas Schreiber. It was Lewis’ third start this season, and his first since November 11. For Schreiber, the start was his fifth this season but just his first since November 24. Among the other three starters from the Miami game, senior Brian Grandieri is the only Penn player to have started every game; freshman Tyler Bernardini has now started each of the last 11; and junior Aron Cohen has now started each of the last four.
A Bad Break (Literally!)
Sophomore Darren Smith, one of just two returning starters for this year’s team, was lost for the season after he fractured his patella (right knee) in the first half of the season opener against Drexel.
Smith’s injury is actually the second this season to knock the Quakers for a loop; prior to the season, junior Tommy McMahon had surgery which is forcing him to miss the 2007-08 season. He has been plagued by back problems during his first two seasons at Penn, but was expected to be a major contributor.
Notes From Miami (Fla.)
Penn finished the season with an 0-3 record against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), having already lost to Virginia and North Carolina before this.
In addition to the standout efforts of Lewis and Egee, freshmen Conor Turley (8 points) and Dan Monckton (6) also set season highs in the scoring column.
Notes From Florida Gulf Coast
One year after scoring 97 points against the Eagles in Philadelphia, the Quakers scored just 30 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Penn’s 30-point output was a program low in the NCAA’s shot-clock era (since 1985); in fact, it was the Quakers’ lowest output in a game since the 1966-67 season finale, when they lost at Princeton 25-16.
Penn scored just six points in the first half, tying an NCAA Division I record for fewest points scored in the first half. The mark was originally set by Northwestern, which scored just six at home against Illinois on Feb. 19, 2000 en route to a 63-30 loss.
Penn hit just one field goal in the first half (a jumper by Bernardini) and was just 5.9 percent from the field in that stanza.
Penn did not have any players score in double figures in the game, a first in the Glen Miller era as head coach of the Quakers.
For the second time this season, the Penn bench (17 points) outscored the starters (13).
Senior Joe Gill tied his career high with four points, and established new career marks with two rebounds and seven minutes.
Notes From Elon
If Quaker fans were feeling deja vu from Penn’s 67-64 win over the Phoenix, that’s probably because last year the Quakers edged Elon, 66-64 -- a one-point difference.
Bernardini had his fourth-straight double-figure scoring game, and his third 20-point outing in the last four contests, with a game-high 23 points.
Bernardini also scored the last nine points of the game for the Quakers, with a three-point basket and six free throws down the stretch.
Cohen set a career high with five assists, and also grabbed three rebounds in his second-consecutive start.
Download: 0708 Notes 14 (NJIT).pdf