Penn (3-13) at Saint Josephs (9-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 19, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (12,410) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: Penn 2-3, SJU 4-2. Away Record: Penn 1-7, SJU 4-3. Neutral Record: Penn 0-3, SJU 1-1. Conference Record: Penn 0-1, SJU 1-2. Series Record: Saint Joseph's leads, 46-34.
GAME NOTES: The Saint Josephs Hawks take on the Penn Quakers in a Big 5 matchup at the Palestra in Philadelphia.
Penn won at NJIT, 54-53, on Thursday night, snapping an eight-game losing streak. The Quakers are 0-2 in Big 5 play this season, having dropped games to La Salle and Villanova. Although this bout is being played on their home court, the Quakers are the away team by virtue of the annual arrangement with this Big 5 game, where the teams alternate every year as hosts while the game is played at the legendary Palestra.
After falling in overtime to No. 22 VCU on Thursday night, 92-86, the Hawks are now 4-2 in their last six games. Saint Josephs has gone down in its only Big 5 contest this season, a loss at Villanova. The Hawks are the defending Big 5 co-champions, sharing the 2012 title with Temple.
The Hawks lead the series with the Quakers, 46-34, and they have won nine of the last 13 meetings. Penn though, has prevailed in the last two, most recently an 84-80 decision on Jan. 12, 2012.
The win at NJIT was the 1,700th all-time for Penn. The Quakers are the 11th NCAA Division I program to reach 1,700 wins. They prevailed 54-53 on Thursday night. Freshman Darien Nelson-Henry posted his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while junior Miles Cartwright tied a career- high with nine rebounds.
Penn continues to play without one of its top weapons, junior Fran Dougherty. He leads the Ivy League in overall rebounding (8.8 rpg), and is third in both scoring (15.7 ppg) and field goal percentage (.525). Miles-Cartwright leads the Quakers with 13.3 ppg. He has missed the last six contests and is not expected to play against the Hawks. In his absence, Cartwright has been their leading scorer at 13.3 ppg. The Quakers are scoring just 61.8 ppg and allowing 68.9 ppg.
Langston Galloway had 22 points and Ronald Roberts, Jr. added 14 points and 12 rebounds, but Saint Joseph's fell short in its upset bid of nationally- ranked VCU, 92-86, in overtime. Carl Jones tacked on 21 points, while C.J. Aiken had 15 points and nine boards, and Chris Wilson dished out a career-high nine assists. The Hawks led by four with just 28 seconds to play, but VCU was able to force overtime and pull out the victory in the extra session.
The Hawks have four players scoring in double figures, led by Galloway and Jones, each averaging 15.3 ppg. They are joined by Aiken (12.0 ppg) and Roberts (11.0 ppg). Roberts is the team's leading rebounder at 8.7 rpg, which puts him second in the Atlantic 10. As a team, the Hawks are scoring 69.7 ppg, good for second in the league, while allowing 65.3 ppg. Saint Joseph's lead the conference in blocked shots (6.4) and is second in assists (14.5 apg). Saint Joseph's junior forward Halil Kanacevic will not be available for the third straight game due to a death in his family.
Penn will be again playing without its top scorer, and the Hawks have too much firepower for the Quakers to overcome that fact.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Saint Josephs 78, Penn 62
01/19 10:43:28 ET