Quakers Return Home to Face Rider in Men's Basketball Action

Penn (4-6) vs. Rider (7-5)

Jan. 12, 2005 at 7 p.m.

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The Palestra - Philadelphia, Pa.

The Red and Blue couldn’t be happier to return to the friendly confines of The Palestra. After four games on the road without a victory, Penn returns home, where the Quakers are 4-0 this season, to take on Rider on Jan. 12.

Another Tough Road Game

After leading almost the entire contest at Illinois - Chicago, the Quakers let the game slip away at the 7:56 mark and allowed the Flames to cruise to a 57-47 victory. Senior captain Tim Begley recorded his first double-double on the season with an 11-point, 11-rebound effort and dished out a game-high six assists. Senior Jan Fikiel was the only other Quaker in double figures with 10 points on a 2-for-3 performance from beyond the arc. Penn dominated the glass, out rebounding the Flames, 42-29 and collected a season-high 18 offensive boards. Penn only made seven attempts from the charity stripe, hitting 6-of-7 shots, including a 5-for-5 shooting performance from Begley.

Coaches Corner

Penn

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 274 career victories. Dunphy 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 166 Ancient Eight victories.

Rider

Don Harnum, in his eighth year at the helm, became the fifth Broncs head coach to reach 100 career victories when the Broncs defeated Niagara on Jan. 18, 2004. The 2001-2002 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, took over the head coaching duties at Rider in 1997-98 after serving 10 years as an assistant, eight at Rider. As a rookie head coach Harnum took Rider to its first-ever appearance in the National Invitation Tournament, after a regular season runner-up finish in its first year in the MAAC. A former All-American basketball player as well as an Academic All-American at Susquehanna University , Harnum helped Rider reach five conference title games and two NCAA Tournaments as an associate head coach.

Scouting the Broncs

Rider sports a 7-5 record heading into tonight’s game and a three-game win streak. The Broncs have already started conference play where they sport a 3-1 mark. Jerry Johnson is the only Bronc averaging double figures at 15.8 points per game. Watch out for Terrance Mounton who is averaging just over nine points per game and is shooting 96.2 percent from the free throw line. Robert Taylor is also an impressive shooter, shooting 50 percent from the field including 12-of-24 from beyond the arc. Jason Thompson leads the Broncs on the glass, averaging 6.7 boards a game.

The Series

Penn and Rider met for the first time in school history last season. Rider picked up a 77-72 overtime victory at Alumni Gymnasium on Jan. 10, 2004. Penn let a seven-point lead with two minutes remaining slip away as the Broncs forced overtime. The Quakers led by then-senior Jeff Schiffner’s 17 points, dished out 24 assists on 27 field goals. Tim Begley and Mark Zoller each had 12 points for the Red and Blue, while the Broncs were led by Jerry Johnson who had 27 points.

Common Opponents

Both teams have faced off against Drexel and Bucknell this year. Penn defeated both Bucknell and Drexel by double-figures. The Broncs opened the season against Bucknell on Nov. 19, falling 69-50 to the Bison, but rebounded with a 76-71 win over the Dragons on Nov. 27.

Rider and the Ivy League

Last year, Penn was one of four Ivy League opponents, the Broncs faced. Rider won all four games against Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard and Penn. This season Penn is the only Ancient Eight School on Rider’s schedule.

Penn Against the MAAC

Rider is one of two MAAC school on the 2004-05 schedule as Penn takes on Siena on Saturday. Penn is 9-8 all-time against MAAC opponents. The Quakers defeated Manhattan last year in the Dreyfus Holiday Classic. Head Coach Fran Dunphy has faced four MAAC schools - Canisius (0-1), Iona (1-1), Manhattan (1-0) and Rider (0-1).

The Red and Blue on Jan. 12

Penn sports a 20-8 record all time on the 12th day of the year. Head Coach Fran Dunphy is 4-2 on this day, but posts an unblemished mark at home. The last time the Red and Blue played on Jan. 12, they lost an Ivy League match-up at Harvard, 78-75, in overtime in 2002.

Up Next ...

After the Quakers brief stay at The Palestra, the Quakers hit the road for two more road contests. Penn travels to Siena on Jan. 15 and Lafayette on Jan. 18. The Red and Blue return to The Palestra on Jan. 25 for a Big 5 match-up against Saint Joseph’s.

Double-Double

Senior Tim Begley recorded the Quakers third double-double of the season. Penn’s captain had 11 points and 11 boards against the Flames on Jan. 8. It was his third collegiate double-double and first since Jan. 31, 2003 against Dartmouth (14 points,10 rebounds). Sophomore Mark Zoller is the only other Quaker to have a double-double this season with a 10 points, 15 rebound effort against Quinnipiac and a 22 points, 12 rebound performance against Drexel.

Unblemished

Senior Tim Begley went 5-for-5 from the free throw line against Illinois - Chicago on Jan. 8. It was the third time this season he made all his free throw attempts, having gone 1-for-1 against Quinnipiac and 2-for-2 versus Wisconsin. Several other Quakers have gone unblemished from the charity stripe, but no one has made more than four attempts (Jan Fikiel).

A First

The UIC Pavilion saw a few firsts for the Quakers on Jan. 8. Sophomore Steve Danley downed a three-pointer just four minutes into the game for his first collegiate trifecta. Senior Jan Fikiel put back-to-back treys in the basket to open the second half. It was the first time in his collegiate career to make two three-point baskets in a game.

The Starting Five

All five starters had at least two assists and one steal in the Quakers loss to San Francisco on Jan. 4. Only one player had two turnovers, while the other four each had one. You have to go back to Penn’s win at Princeton on Feb.10, 2004 to find a game where all five starters had at least one assist and one steal.

Seeing Double

Four Quakers scored in double figures for the Red and Blue against the Dons. It was the second-straight game that four players reached the double-digit mark and third of the season. Ibrahim Jaaber led the Red and Blue for the second-straight game with 12 points. Tim Begley added 11, while Eric Osmundson and Steve Danley contributed with 10 each.

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 for beyond the arc did not last long as the senior captain returned to form against San Francisco downing three treys on Jan. 4. and connecting on two against UIC on Jan. 8. Begley has 30 trifectas and is on pace to establish a new program record for three-pointers in a career.

Aiming for a 1,000

Senior Tim Begley has 898 career points and needs just 102 to become a member of the 1,000 point club at Penn. Their are 31 members of the exclusive group with the most recent entry coming from 2004 graduate Jeff Schiffner.

Lending a Hand

Senior Tim Begley tied a career-high in assists, dishing out nine helpers against Temple on Dec. 8. He has 50 helpers so far this season. He stands sixth in program history with 339 assists. He needs six more to move up the all-time list. Begley is currently averaging 5.0 apg, which leads the Ivy League.

Among the Best

Tim Begley and Ibrahim Jaaber rank among the best in Division I in several different categories. Jaaber ranks 12th in steals per game, averaging 3.0 picked pockets per game. Begley stands 24th in the nation in three-point field goals per game averaging 3.1. He also ranks 20th in three-point field goal percentage at 47.2 percent. (as of Jan. 3)

Picking Pockets

Ibrahim Jaaber leads the Ivy League in steals with 27 this season. He collected a career-high seven steals against Bucknell on Dec. 1. Last season, as a rookie, he snatched the ball away 32 times.

How May I Assist You

The Red and Blue handed out 22 assists against La Salle on Dec. 4. It’s the first time this season the Quakers have dished out more than 20 helpers. Tim Begley led the way with seven assists, followed by senior Eric Osmundson who had six, senior Jan Fikiel (four), sophomore Ibrahim Jaaber (two), freshman Michael Kach (two) and sophomore Mark Zoller (one).

Love for the Long Ball

Led by Tim Begley’s 8-for-11 effort from beyond the arc, the Quakers scored a season-high 13 trifectas against La Salle. Ibrahim Jaaber added a career-high three treys, while Eric Osmundson and freshman Michael Kach each added one. You have to go back to Feb. 27, 2004 against Cornell to find a game in which the Quakers scored more three-pointers in a game.

Beyond the Arc

The Red and Blue shot 78.6 percent from the three-point line 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.

Honors All-Around

The Quakers have had two Ivy League and two Big 5 Players of the Week so far this year.

11/22 Ivy League Honor Roll

- Tim Begley

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

12/13 Ivy League Honor Roll

- Eric Osmundson

Moving Up the Charts

Begley continues to climb the career ladder in three-pointers made. The Freehold, N.J. native nailed two threes against Temple on Dec. 8 to surpass current Assistant Coach Matt Langel on the all-time list. With five more trifectas since then, Begley needs only 37 baskets from three-point land 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

220 Jeff Schiffner 2001-04

207 Tim Begley 2002-present

201 Matt Langel 1997-00

199 Garrett Kreitz 1995-98

Penn Tabbed Second by Media

The Quakers finished second in the 2004-05 Ivy League Media Poll. Princeton garnered the top spot with 14 of the 16 first-place votes. Penn received one first-place nod, while Brown grabbed the final one. Yale was picked to finish third followed by Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Harvard and Dartmouth.

Ivy League Media Poll

Team Votes

Princeton (14) 125

Penn (1) 111

Yale 85

Brown (1) 83

Columbia 62

Cornell 54

Harvard 37

Dartmouth 19

A Decade Worth of Victories

For the 10th time since his tenure began, Head Coach Fran Dunphy’s team has recorded at least 17 victories in a season. 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 274 career victories, after surpassing Cappy Cappon who recorded 250 wins in 20 seasons at Princeton. Princeton's Pete Carril, who spent 29 seasons with the Tigers, is the all-time Ivy League wins leader with 514. Dunphy is also second in all-time Ivy League wins with 156. He has amassed an overall record of 156-42 against Ivy League opponents in his 14 seasons at Penn, giving him a .788 winning percentage.

Home Sweet Home

The Red and Blue are 726-313 all-time in The Palestra. Penn has not had a loosing 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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