Palestra Showdown - Penn v. Princeton

Penn (11-7, 4-0 Ivy) vs.Princeton (10-8, 1-3Ivy)

Feb. 8, 2005 at8 p.m.

The Palestra - Philadelphia, Pa.

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Winning Ways

Senior Tim Begley led the Quakers in scoring against both Harvard (21) and Dartmouth (14) over the weekend, but it was one three-pointer that had the most significance as the team captain scored his 1,000th career point. Penn extended its win streak to seven games with a 68-44 win over Dartmouth on Feb. 5 after a 70-57 win over Harvard on Feb. 4. The Quakers are 4-0 in the Ivy League and are two games ahead of Cornell who stands second with a 4-2 record.

Last Time Out

Three Quakers scored in double figures to lead the Penn men’s basketball team to a 68-44 win over Dartmouth on Feb. 5. It was the seventh consecutive win for the Quakers who hold a two-game advantage in Ivy League action. Senior Tim Begley scored 14 points, while classmate Eric Osmundson added 11 and sophomore Mark Zoller contributed with 12. Despite poor shooting from the field (37.3), the Quakers dominated the Big Green, leading by as many as 34 in the second half. Sophomore Steve Danley grabbed 10 rebounds as the Red and Blue pulled down a season-high 49 boards. Zoller went 5-for-5 from the foul line and classmate Ibrahim Jaaber hit 4-of-4 attempts from the charity stripe.

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.

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 279 career victories. He 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 170 Ancient Eight victories.


Head Coach Joe Scott is in his first season at the helm of Princeton basketball. A 1987 Princeton graduate and former assistant coach, Scott served as head coach at Air Force for four years prior to his return to New Jersey. In 2004, Scott led the Falcons to a program-best 22-7 record, their first ever regular season Mountain West Conference Championship and their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 42 years. At Air Force, Scott compiled a 51-63 record.

Looking at the Tigers

Princeton enters the Penn game having lost three of its last four games and currently sits in last place in the League. Two Tigers are averaging double-digit scoring, as returning first-team All-Ivy honoree Judson Wallace leads the team with 13.5 points per game while Will Venable averages 10.4 ppg. The Tigers are solid free throw shooters and rank ninth nationally in free-throw percentage (75.9). On the defensive end, Princeton ranks second nationally in scoring defense, allowing its opponents just 52.5 points per game.

The Series

The Penn vs. Princeton series is the third- longest running rivalry in NCAA Division I college basketball. The Quakers and Tigers have met on the basketball court 210 times and for 102 consecutive years with Penn holding a 114-96 advantage over the Tigers. Princeton won the final game of the Ivy season against Penn last year, 76-70, in overtime to snap Penn’s five-game win streak over the Tigers. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 17-14 against his closest Ivy League rival.

Last Five Meetings

3/9/04 Princeton L, 70-76 (OT)

2/10/04 at Princeton W, 67-52

3/11/03 at Princeton W, 74-67

2/11/03 Princeton W, 65-55

3/5/02 Princeton W, 64-48

Common Opponents

Besides the schools in the Ancient Eight, Penn and Princeton had three local opponents in common in 2004-05 as both teams met up with Bucknell, Lafayette and Temple and each came away with 2-1 records. The two teams recorded victories over Bucknell and Lafayette and lost to Temple. Princeton opened the season with a 61-48 win over Bucknell in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic before defeating Lafayette, 40-38, on Nov. 27, while the Quakers defeated Bucknell, 65-52, and Lafayette, 85-63. Both of their losses to Temple were very close, as the Quakers fell 52-51 on Dec. 8 and the Tigers fell 48-46, on Dec. 20.

Penn vs. Princeton Quick Facts

• Penn leads the series, 114-96

• Ivy Championships — Penn has 22, while Princeton now has 25 (includes shared titles in 2001-02, 1995-96 and 1980-81).

• Penn or Princeton has won or shared the Ivy title 34 of the last 36 years, which includes titles the last 16-straight seasons.

• Penn leads the series at The Palestra, 63-41.

• Princeton leads the series at Jadwin Gym, 54-49.

• At neutral sites, Princeton leads, 2-1

March 6, 1996 — Princeton 63, Penn 56 OT

Playoff game at Lehigh University

March 10, 1981 — Princeton 54, Penn 40

Playoff game at Lafayette College

March 4, 1980 — Penn 50, Princeton 49

Playoff game at Lafayette College

• Dunphy vs. Princeton — 17-14

• Dunphy vs. Pete Carril — 9-6

• Dunphy vs. Bill Carmody — 3-5

• Dunphy vs. John Thompson III — 5-3

• Dunphy vs. Joe Scott — 0-0

The Logistics

• Penn and Princeton have gone into overtime 15 times, with Princeton winning eight of those games. The last was March 9, 2004 (Princeton 76, Penn 70) at The Palestra.

• Fifty-four games in the series have been decided by three points or less.

• Penn’s largest win over Princeton is 49 points (Dec. 19, 1909; 55-10)

• Princeton’s largest win over Penn is 26 points (Jan. 6, 1968; 73-47)

• Penn owns the longest winning streak in the rivalry at 10 games, set from Jan. 11, 1933 - March 2, 1938.

Don’t Count Them Out

Princeton hasn't been 1-3 in conference play since the 1994-95 season. But don’t count them out. In 2001-02, Penn lost three Ivy contests just five games into the Ancient Eight campaign and still won the Ivy League title by winning their next 10 games. The Red and Blue have won the Ivy title with three or more losses three times, while Princeton has taken the title four times with three or more losses.

The Red and Blue on Feb. 8

The Quakers are 18-10 on the eighth day of February. In home contests, the Red and Blue have won eight of 12 games and Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 2-3 on this day. The last time Penn lost on this date was in 1997 to Dartmouth, a 74-70 overtime defeat.

Up Next ...

Penn will take on Columbia and Cornell on Feb. 11 and 12, respectively. The Red and Blue match-up against the Big Red will air live on CN8.

In the Ancient Eight

The Quakers, winners of 22 Ivy League Championships, are 855-405 against Ancient Eight opponents. Penn has winning records against all its Ivy foes, including a commanding 88-18 advantage in the series with Brown.

Owning the League

Looking back through Ivy history, it’s not hard to see that tonight’s match-up could very well determine who will see postseason action come March. Penn and Princeton have combined to win 43 of 49 Ivy League titles and the Quakers and Tigers have represented the Ivy League at every NCAA Tournament since 1988. The Red and Blue won an unprecedented six-consecutive Ancient Eight titles from 1970-75.

Coach Dunphy in February

Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 110-34 all-time in the month of February. 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 eight Ivy League Championships and finished second four times.

Congrats to the Newest Member

Tim Begley became the 32nd member of the 1,000 point club on Feb. 5. With 16:26 remaining in the second stanza against Dartmouth, the Freehold, N.J. native downed a three-pointer to score the 1,000th, 1,001st and 1,002nd points of his career to join the exclusive club. The senior captain, who averages 13.4 ppg., stands 32nd all-time in program history with 1,005 points.

The FREE Throw Line

Senior Tim Begley had no problem sinking baskets from the charity stripe against the Harvard on Feb. 4. Begley nailed 6-of-6 attempts from the foul line. Two other Quakers went flawless from the charity stripe over the weekend - sophomore Mark Zoller hit all five of his attempts while classmate Ibrahim Jaaber made his four shots.

His Career Has Begun...

Freshman Joe Gill scored his first collegiate points on Feb. 5 against Dartmouth. The Doylestown, Pa. native sank both free throw attempts to notch his two points. Gill pulled down a career-high two rebounds as well.

Battle on the Glass

For the first time since the Penn vs. San Francisco game, Penn was out-rebounded by its opponent. Harvard pulled down 41 boards on Feb. 4, including 22 first half rebounds. The Quakers managed 39 rebounds, including 10 from Tim Begley and seven from Steve Danley.


Senior Jan Fikiel batted away a career-high four shots against Harvard. The senior from Ulm, Germany had back-to-back blocks with 14:22 remaining in the first half. Fikiel rejected a David Givacchini lay-up with Penn leading 10-4. After the Crimson rebounded the ball, Fikiel tipped away a three-point attempt by Matt Stehle. The Quakers followed with an 8-3 run to take an 18-7 lead.

Streaking to Seven

The Red and Blue won their last seven games by an average of 20.3 points. On Feb. 5, the Red and Blue dominated Dartmouth by 24 points. Penn crushed Yale and Brown in the opening weekend of Ivy action with wins by 24 and 23 points, respectively. Only one of the victories in Penn’s seven game streak had a margin of less than 13 - an eight-point win against Saint Joseph’s.

Earning His Stripes

Sophomore Steve Danley, who earned his first Ivy League honor as Player of the Week last week, is third on the team in scoring. He averages 9.4 points per game. He’s also third on the team in rebounding and the only starting shooting above .500 from the field. Danley leads the team in blocks (17), is third in steals (14) and fourth in assists (32).


Senior Tim Begley leads the team in multiple double-digit games. The senior has 12 games in double figures this season, including seven of the last nine contests. Five other Quakers have had several double figure games - Ibrahim Jaaber (9), Steve Danley (8), Eric Osmundson (8), Mark Zoller (7) and Jan Fikiel (4).

That's Hot!

The Quakers shot 76 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes against Brown on Jan. 29. Penn nailed 19-of-25 shots, including a 7-for-7 effort from sophomore Steve Danley and a 3-for-4 performance from classmate Mark Zoller. The Red and Blue finished the game connecting on 63.5 percent of their shots. The last time Penn shot better from the field was against Harvard on Feb. 6, 2004. The Red and Blue connected on 66.1 percent of their shots en route to a 104-69 victory in The Palestra.

Shutting Down the Offense

The Red and Blue held Dartmouth to just 44 points on Feb. 5. It was the second time this season, Penn held its opponents to under 45 points. The Quakers shutdown Yale to open the Ivy League season, allowing the Elis to put up just 41 points on Jan. 28. It was the lowest offensive output of the season by a Penn opponent and the lowest since Cornell managed only 39 points against the Quakers on March 7, 2003. The Quakers have held their opponents under 50 points, 27 times in the last five years.

Honors All-Around

The Quakers have had four different players earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors and two 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


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 7-0 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) and Dartmouth (12).

A Streak of His Own

Senior Eric Osmundson has hit at least one three pointer in his last 14 games and has had three games with four or more trifectas this season. He’s shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc seven times and ranks sixth in the League in three point field goal percentage (43.6).

Nationally Recognized (as of Feb. 3)

Ibrahim Jaaber ranks among the best in Division I in steals. The sophomore guard has 39 steals or 2.4 spg. to his credit this season which ranks first in the Ivy League and 31st in the nation. Senior Tim Begley is also among the top-50 in Division I in assists. He ranks 32nd in assists per game.

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 94 helpers so far this season and 383 in his career. He needs four more helpers to catch former teammate David Klatsky, who is fourth on the career list. Begley is currently averaging 5.5 apg, which leads the Ivy League.

Dominating the Glass

Penn has had 40 or more rebounds in eight games this season, including six straight contests - Illinois-Chicago (42), Rider (44), Siena (42), Lafayette (41), Saint Joseph’s (40) and Yale (43). The Quakers grabbed a season-high 49 rebounds against Dartmouth on Feb. 5 sophomore Steve Danley grabbed 10 boards, while classmate Mark Zoller hauled in nine. Eleven of the 12 Quakers who got in the game pulled down at least two rebounds.

Moving Up the Charts

Begley took over sole possession of second all-time in career three pointers. The Freehold, N.J. native went 1-for-5 from three-point land against Harvard to surpass former teammate Jeff Schiffner who had 220 trifectas. Begley added three trifectas against Dartmouth on Feb. 8 and now need 21 three-pointers to nab the top spot which is held by former Quaker Matt Maloney. Begley also stands third in the Penn accolades in three pointers made in a season with 83 in 2003-04.

244 Matt Maloney 1993-95

224 Tim Begley 2002-present

220 Jeff Schiffner 2001-04

201 Matt Langel 1997-00

199 Garrett Kreitz 1995-98

Back to Business

Senior Tim Begley had his streak of 13 games of at least one three-pointer snapped against Villanova on Dec. 31. But denying him from beyond the arc did not last long as the senior captain has downed trifectas in each of the last 10 games. Begley has 47 trifectas this season and is on pace to establish a new program record for three-pointers in a career.

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.

Home Sweet Home

The Red and Blue are 729-314 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.

A Decade Worth of Victories

For the 10th time since his tenure began, Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s team recorded at least 17 victories in a season when Penn went 17-10 in 2003-04. 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 281 career victories.Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 170. He has amassed an overall record of 170-42 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.”

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 102years 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.

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