March 12, 2015 |
THE PENN players arrived on the Palestra court for warmups in plain back jerseys. They repaired to their locker room for final instructions and, 7 minutes prior to introductions, every last one of them emerged wearing blue jerseys with a the number 53 on them. Just before tipoff, head coach Jerome Allen came to the Penn bench wearing his maroon varsity sweater with a big blue P over his chest. It was nearly 20 years ago to the day when Allen played the last game of his Penn career, a classic 91-85 overtime loss to Alabama, a first-round NCAA game at the Baltimore Arena.
March 10, 2015 |
I WILL NEVER forget the day in 2010 at the Palestra when Jerome Allen went from interim head coach at Penn to permanent head coach. He spoke from the heart about his love for his school, how much it had meant to the kid who left 4601 Germantown Ave. for Penn to become a student and one of the best players in school history during one of its greatest eras and his absolute belief that he and his staff would get it done. I believed him. Two years later, Penn was playing at Princeton with a share of the Ivy League title on the line.
February 3, 2013
* Temple and Saint Joseph's have generally played twice during the regular season, but Saturday evening's game at Hagan Arena is their only meeting this season in the expanded Atlantic 10. The Owls are the deeper team as SJU is 341st (out of 347) in bench minutes, but this game should be about the star players and whose perform better. * The biggest difference between Villanova this season and last is defense. The 'Cats gave up .984 points per possession last season, 114th nationally.
December 19, 2012 |
WITH A STATISTICAL transformation as large as this, you might expect a bit more surprise surrounding Fran Dougherty's emergence as Penn's top scorer and rebounder. But given the effort the 6-8 forward put forth in the offseason leading to his junior season, that's not exactly the case. "I'm not really surprised with how he's started," teammate Miles Cartwright says. "He worked really hard. He's still just working hard every day. He's just trying to improve and make sure what he's shown so far is consistent.
December 3, 2012 |
A year ago, Zack Rosen and Ramone Moore were Big Five rivals. Penn's Rosen was Big Five player of the year, Temple's Moore the runner-up. In the summertime, they often worked out together. This season, they both landed jobs a five-minute drive apart, for different teams in the top professional league in Israel. Moore in the outskirts of Tel Aviv, Rosen in Holon, just south. "If Tel Aviv is Manhattan, Holon is Queens," Rosen explained by e-mail. "It's a city with a lot of spirit.
November 13, 2012 |
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The big question for Penn heading into the season was who would fill the shoes of graduated star Zack Rosen. The Quakers found a pair of answers Monday night in the NIT Season Tip-Off, but they were not enough in an 84-69 loss to Delaware at John Paul Jones Arena. Playing with foul trouble for most of the second half, junior Miles Cartwright continued to establish himself as the go-to guard for coach Jerome Allen, scoring 20 points. Junior forward Fran Dougherty finished with 21 points and six rebounds.
November 8, 2012 |
Penn has one of the most inexperienced men's basketball teams in the Ivy League, so the assumption is that the Quakers will struggle after going 20-13 last season and finishing second with an 11-3 league record. Gone are Ivy League player-of-the-year Zack Rosen; Tyler Bernardini, who averaged 12.2 points; and defensive stopper Rob Belcore. The lone returning player who was a double-figure scorer is 6-foot-3 junior guard Miles Cartwright, who averaged 10.8 points. Why, with such an inexperienced unit - predicted to finish fifth in the league - is coach Jerome Allen so upbeat?
October 26, 2012 |
PENN WAS picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League preseason media poll released on Thursday. Princeton was the overwhelming favorite to win the title, getting 16 of 17 first-place votes. Defending champion Harvard was picked to finish second and received the other first-place vote. The Quakers will be led by junior guard Miles Cartwright but will be without Zack Rosen, who graduated. Here are the results of the poll: 1. Princeton, 134 points 2. Harvard, 109 points 3. Columbia, 90 points 4. Cornell, 80 points 5. Penn, 74 points 6. Yale, 55 points 7. Brown, 50 points 8. Dartmouth, 20 points
September 26, 2012
A SEASON after coming within a game of an Ivy League championship, Penn, after losing all-everything Zack Rosen, two other starters and its entire coaching staff except head coach Jerome Allen, will be very young and mostly untested as it faces another daunting schedule. The Quakers will play in the NIT Season Tipoff, with the first two games at Virginia. Penn will play Delaware in the first round. If it wins, it will play the Virginia-Fairfield winner for the right to go to Madison Square Garden for the NIT Final Four Thanksgiving week.
July 13, 2012 |
ORLANDO - Former Penn star Zack Rosen is adapting to his postcollege basketball career. The undrafted rookie point guard, player of the year in the Ivy League and Big Five, has struggled to gain consistent minutes for the 76ers in the Orlando NBA Summer League. "I'm just trying to do the most I can with whatever minutes I get," Rosen said. "It's a different situation; it's a new thing. You don't know what kind of opportunities you're going to get, but [I] try to make the most of them.