Penn (0-1) at Monmouth (1-0)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The MAC (4,100) -- West Long Branch, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Penn 1-0, Monmouth 0-0. Away Record: Penn 0-0, Monmouth 0-1. Neutral Record: Penn 0-0, Monmouth 0-0. Conference Record: Penn 0-0, Monmouth 0-0. Series Record: Penn leads, 4-1.
GAME NOTES: The Penn Quakers take aim at their first win of the 2013-14 season when they hit the road to take on the Monmouth Hawks in a non-conference clash at the MAC.
Jerome Allen's fifth season at Penn didn't exactly get off to a rousing start, as the Quakers dropped a Big Five battle with intra-city rival Temple, 79-73. Penn was picked to finish second in the preseason Ivy League polls, a big step up from last year's 9-22 campaign, which resulted in a fifth-place finish in conference play (6-8).
Monmouth finished up its tenure in the Northeast Conference last season with a 10-21 overall record. King Rice is looking for a fresh start in his third season as head coach and the team's first in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The team was predicted to finish a distant 11th in its new conference this year. The Hawks got the season off on the right foot however, with an 88-84 win at Hofstra.
Penn has won four of the previous five meetings with Monmouth.
Sophomore guard Tony Hicks poured in 28 points and was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, but his production wasn't enough in Penn's five-point loss to the Owls. Hicks converted 12-of-24 shots from the floor in the loss. Fellow sophomore Darien Nelson-Henry had a strong game as well, recording a double- double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Miles Jackson-Cartwright also posted double figures in the scoring column with 12 points, despite a mere 3- of-12 from the floor. Penn held Temple to under 40 percent shooting in the game, but was outrebounded 49-35 and allowed the Owls to grab 20 offensive boards.
The Hawks shot a modest .423 from the floor against the Pride, but went 10- of-26 from behind the arc and held a 48-40 edge in rebounding in the four- point win. A balanced effort that saw five Hawks finish in double-figure scoring was led by Deon Jones' 22 points. Jones just missed a double-double, tying for team-high honors with nine rebounds. Josh James had a strong game as well, tallying 19 points and six assists in the win. Andrew Nicholas added 13 points to the cause, while Justin Robinson and Max DiLeo finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
If the Hawks get another complete team effort they should be able to slip by the Quakers in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Monmouth 73, Penn 70
11/12 10:37:54 ET