Penn (1-1) vs. Fairfield (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 4:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John Paul Jones Arena (14,593) - Charlottesville, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 1-0, Fairfield 0-0. Away Record: Penn 0-0, Fairfield 0-1. Neutral Record: Penn 0-1, Fairfield 0-1. Conference Record: Penn 0-0, Fairfield 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: A first-ever meeting between the Penn Quakers and the Fairfield Stags is on tap in Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, as the two teams compete in the South Regional Championship Round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at John Paul Jones Arena.
The Quakers barely slipped by UMBC in the season opener on Friday, 80-75, at home in The Palestra so it only made sense that the squad would have some trouble with the Delaware Blue Hens in Charlottesville on Monday. As it turned out, Penn didn't stand a chance versus the Hens as the squad suffered an 84-69 setback at JPJ Arena.
Meanwhile, the Stags were another team that came out somewhat flat in their opening game of 2012-13 as well, needing overtime to take down Central Connecticut State, 64-63, as part of the Connecticut 6 Classic at the University of Hartford over the weekend. Against host Virginia, the Fairfield offense faltered in a 54-45 loss on Monday.
The Quakers were paced by Fran Dougherty who dropped in a game-high 21 points, shooting 6-of-8 from the field and 7-of-11 at the free-throw line on Monday, but it wasn't enough as the Ivy League program suffered the double-digit loss against Delaware. Miles Cartwright tacked on 20 points and five assists before picking up his fifth personal foul. Penn led by as many as five points in the first half as the team shot a solid 50.0 percent from the floor, but the squad also struggled at the free-throw line, 7-of-16, which allowed the Hens to take a 43-35 advantage at the break. Penn turned the ball over a total of 18 times in the outing and lost the battle of the boards, 47-24. In the season-opening win against UMBC, Cartwright was the leader there with 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, while reserve Patrick Lucas-Perry added 15.0 ppg. Dougherty wasn't nearly as productive in the scoring department in the first game, posting just nine points, but he did clear 11 rebounds.
Fairfield actually led by two points at intermission against the Cavaliers on Monday, thanks in part to 6-of-11 shooting behind the three-point line and 52.2 percent from the field overall. But the second half was a completely different story as the squad made good on just 5-of-24 (.208) from the field and 1-of-10 on the perimeter, en route to the nine-point loss. Josip Mikulic was responsible for 13 points and seven rebounds, followed by Derek Needham and Desmond Wade with 10 points apiece as the duo also cleared a combined 10 rebounds and handed out eight assists. The Stags were outscored at the charity stripe, 14-4. In the first game of the campaign the Stags had trouble controlling the ball, turning it over 19 times, but the squad made up for that to a degree with a 42-29 rebounding edge and a defensive effort which held CCSU to just 37,3 percent shooting from the floor.
Fairfield has the potential to come out on top in this meeting, but if the Quakers are able to slow the tempo and dictate the pace of the contest, Penn could be in store for a positive outcome.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fairfield 61, Penn 58
11/13 10:35:27 ET