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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 16, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: The Palestra (8,722) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: None. Home Record: Penn State 1-1, Penn 0-1. Away Record: Penn State 0-0, Penn 1-0. Neutral Record: Penn State 0-0, Penn 0-0. Conference Record: Penn State 0-0, Penn 0-0. Series Record: Penn leads, 31-16.
GAME NOTES: Keystone State rivals collide in Philadelphia this afternoon, as the Penn State Nittany Lions tangle with the Penn Quakers at The Palestra.
The Nittany Lions started the season with a 74-62 home triumph over Wagner, but then suffered a 90-80 home defeat to Bucknell on Wednesday.
Penn State's offense has been balanced thus far with four players averaging double figures, led by three-time team captain and graduate student Tim Frazier. He is averaging 19 ppg, one more than D.J. Newbill. Brandon Taylor (13.0 ppg) and Ross Travis (12.5 ppg) are part of the starting lineup which also includes sophomore forward Donovan Jack. Jack sat out the final six games of 2012-13 with a stress fracture in his right foot, but made his first career start against Wagner.
Penn State players have been good at drawing fouls in the first two games, as the Nittany Lions have combined to take 66 free throws. The problem for the squad on Wednesday was at the defensive end, as Bucknell shot better than 60 percent from the field, including 10-of-15 from 3-point range. Newbill scored 18 points, one more than Taylor and Travis. Frazier had 13, but the Lions faltered in the second half when they were outscored, 54-39.
Penn began its campaign with a loss to Big 5 rival Temple, but then earned a 79-73 road victory over Monmouth on Tuesday. Miles Cartwright connected on 5- of-8 shots from beyond the arc, on the way to 25 points. Darien Nelson-Henry added a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Tony Hicks contributed with 13 points and eight rebounds. Penn logged 13 steals, the most for the team under head coach Jerome Allen. Their 43 rebounds was one shy of the team high in the Allen era.
Hicks leads the Quakers with 20.5 ppg, while Nelson-Henry is averaging a double-double here in the early going.
Penn holds a sizeable lead in the all-time series between these two teams, but the Nittany Lions have posted victories in each of the last three meetings and seven of the last eight overall. PSU claimed a 58-47 win over the Quakers at the Bryce Jordan Center last season. A positive result for Penn would give the Quakers their first win in this series since Nov. 23, 2002 at The Palestra.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn 77, Penn State 76
11/16 10:39:44 ET
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