Penn Looks to Close Out Season Strong Against Princeton

Penn (19-8, 12-1 Ivy) vs.Princeton (15-12, 6-7 Ivy)

March 8,2005 at7:30 p.m.

Jadwin Gym - Princeton, N.J.

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Finishing Strong

A trio of underclassmen propelled Penn to an 85-68 win over Harvard on March 5, giving the class of 2005 their 42nd victory in The Palestra. The 2005 Ivy League Champions close out the regular season with a 7:30 p.m. match-up against Princeton at Jadwin Gym.

Heading Back to the Dance

Penn is making its eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last 13 years. Only one school has earned its conference’s automatic bid more times since the 1992-93 season, as Kentucky out of the Southeastern Conference, has gone nine times.

Last Time Out

Four Quakers scored in double digits to lead Penn to an 85-68 victory over Harvard on March 5. Sophomore Mark Zoller recorded his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 boards. Freshman David Whitehurst scored a career-best 16 points on 4-for-5 shooting from three-point land. The Quakers turned a 39-31 halftime advantage into a 46-33 lead just over a minute into the second half, with Zoller scoring all seven of those points for the Red and Blue. With just under nine minutes left in the half, the Crimson cut the lead to seven, but a 12-2 run sparked by Ibrahim Jaaber put the Quakers up by 17 with 2:12 on the clock.

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 one League game left and 19 victories under his belt, Dunphy could finish the 2004-05 season with 20 wins for the eighth time in his tenure at Penn.

Senior Night

Four members of the class of 2005 - Tim Begley, Jan Fikiel, Eric Heil and Nameir Majette - played their last game in The Palestra on March 5. The quartet combined for an impressive 42-12 record on their home floor.

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 of eight 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.

Another Season Almost Over

Cornell took over sole possession of second place in the Ivy League after recording a 1-1 mark over the weekend. The Big Red (8-6) was tied with Harvard and Dartmouth for the second spot, but both teams suffered two losses to fall to a tie for fourth. Yale pulled out two wins to move into third with a 7-6 record and still have a game against Brown to play. Princeton is looking to improve to .500 against the Quakers. The Tigers are 6-7 in League action and have never had a loosing season in conference play. Brown and Columbia round out the League with 4-9 and 3-11 makrs, respectively.

Hard Work Pays Off

Freshman David Whitehurst was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week this week for his career performance against Harvard on March 5. The rookie scored a career-best 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Whitehurst is the fifth Quaker to earn a conference player of the week honor. Tim Begley, Steve Danley, Ibrahim Jaaber and Mark Zoller have all received Ivy League Player of the Week honors this season.

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 24 of Penn’s 27 games this season.

246 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 82 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 Begley is first in the Ancient Eight in assists three pointers made and assist/turnover ratio. He ranks third in the Ancient Eight in scoring and eighth in rebounding.

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 289 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 178 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.

Since We Last Met

Princeton has won five of the last eight games, including two straight, since falling to the Quakers, 70-62, in overtime on Feb. 8. The Tigers sport an overall record of 15-12, but are just under .500 in the League with as 6-7 record. Princeton has never had a losing season in the League and a loss to Penn on Tuesday would do just that. Judson Wallace and Will Venable are averaging 12.2 ppg and 10.5 ppg, respectively. As a team, the Tigers are shooting 75.2 percent from the foul line which ranks 19th in the nation. Princeton has the second best scoring defense in the nation, allowing only 54.4 ppg.

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 211 times and for 103 consecutive years with Penn holding a 115-96 advantage over the Tigers. Penn has won five of the last six games, including a 70-62 overtime victory in The Palestra on Feb. 8. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 18-14 against his closest Ivy League rival.

Last Five Meetings

2/8/05 Princeton W, 70-62 (OT)

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

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

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

2/11/03Princeton W, 65-55

Penn vs. Princeton Quick Facts

• Penn leads the series, 115-96

• Ivy Championships — Penn has 23, while Princeton has 25 (includes shared titles in 2001-02, 1995-96 and 1980-81).

• Penn or Princeton has won or shared the Ivy title 35 of the last 37 years, which includes titles the last 17-straight seasons.

• Penn leads the series at The Palestra, 64-41.

• Princeton leads the series at Jadwin Gym, 53-50.

• 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 — 18-14

• Dunphy vs. Pete Carril — 9-6

• Dunphy vs. Bill Carmody — 3-5

• Dunphy vs. John Thompson III — 5-3

• Dunphy vs. Joe Scott — 1-0

The Logistics

• Penn and Princeton have gone into overtime 16 times, with Princeton winning eight of those games. The last was Feb. 8, 2005 (Penn 70, Princeton 62) 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.

Penn Success in the Ivy League

The Quakers are 404-99 since the 1969-70 season in Ivy League contests. Penn has gone undefeated in Ancient Eight action seven times during that stretch - 1970, 1971, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000 and 2003.

The Red and Blue on March 8

The Quakers are 9-5 on the eighth of March. Penn has faced the Tigers twice on this date, with each team taking a victory. Coach Dunphy is 1-0 on March 8.

Up Next ...

Penn will now wait until Selection Sunday to find out who its first opponent will be in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Stay tuned to for all your NCAA Tournament information.

Shooting the Rock

Penn has shot above 50 percent in its last four contests. The Quakers shot a season-high 55.1 percent from the field against the Crimson on March 5. Senior Nameir Majette was a perfect 2-for-2, while freshman David Whitehurst was 5-of-6 from the field. On March 4, 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 as well.

Seeing Double

Sophomore Mark Zoller recorded his fourth double double of the season against Harvard on March 5. The forward scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in Penn’s 85-68 win. Zoller is third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.4 points per game and leads the Red and Blue in rebounding, averaging 6.4 boards. The Blue Bell, Pa. native averages 7.4 rebounds in League games.

By the Numbers

Freshman David Whitehurst scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed a career best seven rebounds against Harvard on March 5. The guard went 4-for-5 from long range and 5-of-6 from the floor in Penn’s 85-68 win.

Keep Your Eyes on the Ball

The Quakers picked up 14 steals against the Big Green on March 4, marking 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.

All-District Honors

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.

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. It 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 this season.

Movin’ On Up

Tim Begley became the 32nd member of the 1,000 point club on Feb. 5. With one games left in the regular season, the senior captain, who averages 14.7 ppg., stands 23th all-time in program history with 1,136 points.

Making Ivy History

Tim Begley is currently second all-time in the Ancient Eight in career three-pointers made with 246. 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 19 games in double figures this season, including six straight and 15 of the last 19 contests. Five other Quakers have had several double figure games - Ibrahim Jaaber (15), Steve Danley (13), Mark Zoller (12), Eric Osmundson (9) and Jan Fikiel (6).

Danley in The Palestra

Eight of sophomore Steve Danley’s double-digit games have come in The Palestra. The forward scored a career-high 22 points in his home gym on Jan. 29 just one night after setting his then career-best of 16 points. He led the team in scoring in both those games.

Honors All-Around

The Quakers have had five 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

3/7 Ivy League Rookie of the Week

- David Whitehurst


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 11-1 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), Dartmouth (14) and Harvard (19)

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 131 helpers so far this season and 420 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 49 assists to move into second place all-time.

Cleaning the Glass

Penn has had 40 or more rebounds in 11games 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 came against Harvard on March 5. Penn pulled down 45 boards. Mark Zoller led the team with 12 boards, including 10 defensive rebounds. 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 734-314 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.

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.”

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