Penn (2-10) at La Salle (9-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 5, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Tom Gola Arena (3,400) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 2-2, La Salle 5-1. Away Record: Penn 0-5, La Salle 4-2. Neutral Record: Penn 2-3, La Salle 0-0. Conference Record: Penn 0-0, La Salle 0-0. Series Record: Penn leads, 38-27.
GAME NOTES: The Penn Quakers make the short trip across Philadelphia to face the La Salle Explorers in a Big 5 matchup at the Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia.
Penn has won 1,699 games as a program and with one more win, the Quakers will become the 11th NCAA Division I program to reach 1,700 wins. For the second straight game, Penn is playing an Atlantic 10 opponent. Penn's last game came against Butler and was its first against a ranked opponent this season. Despite the loss, Penn shot 53.3 percent from 3-point range in the game, a season high. Junior guard Miles Cartwright led Penn in scoring with 15 points, his team-leading eighth double-figure scoring game this season and 41st at Penn. Cartwright has led Penn in scoring in two straight games, three of the last four contests, four of the last six, and five games this season.
Despite leading by double figures in the first half in their last outing, the Explorers were downed by the Miami Hurricanes, 76-59 on Wednesday evening in Coral Gables. La Salle junior Tyrone Garland led all scorers with 20 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while the rest of the team shot just 29 percent from the field. Senior Ramon Galloway added 12 points, going a 4-of-5 mark from behind the arc while contributing eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
La Salle has won five in a row in the series, ending a six-game win streak Penn had from 2002-07. Last year at The Palestra, the Explorers left the Palestra with a 68-57 win. Penn's last win in the series came on Jan. 18, 2007, a 93-92 victory at the Gola Arena.
Penn will be playing for the third straight game without leading scorer, junior forward Fran Dougherty, who is recovering from mononucleosis. Dougherty leads the conference in rebounding at 8.7 per contest and ranks second in scoring at 15.7 points per game. In his absence, the Quakers will have to rely on junior guard Miles Cartwright, who is averaging 14.8 points per game, good for fourth in the Ivy League. The Quakers have been strong defenders all season long, leading the Ivy League in field goal percentage defense (.410) and ranking second in three point field goal percentage defense (.319).
La Salle's 74.3 points per game is good for second in the Atlantic 10, and Galloway is the conference's leading scorer at 17.8 ppg. Galloway also ranks in the top five in the Atlantic 10 in steals per game (2.4), 3-point field goal percentage (.476), and 3-point field goals per game (3.3). He also leads the Explorers in assists/game at 3.8. Tyreek Duren's 15.2 points per game ranks ninth in the conference, making La Salle the only A-10 school to boast two top-10 scorers.
The Quakers have been looking for their 1,700 all-time win for over a month, but that doesn't look to happen today. The Explorers have too many offensive weapons and should be able to hold off the Quakers' bid at history.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: La Salle 83, Penn 70
01/05 10:39:14 ET