Men's basketball faces Penn Saturday at The Palestra

PENN STATE (1-1) at PENN (1-1)  |  SATURDAY, NOV. 16 |  2 P.M. |  THE PALESTRA (PHILADELPHIA)
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -  The Penn State men's basketball team heads out on the road for its first away game of the season, taking on longtime rival Penn in a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee at The Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa. 

AT A GLANCE

  • Penn State (1-1) opened the season with a 74-62 victory over Wagner before falling to Bucknell 90-80 Wednesday night.
  • The Nittany Lions have four players averaging in double figures after two games, led by Tim Frazier (19 ppg, 5.5 apg) and D.J. Newbill (18 ppg, 7 rpg).
  • After two games, the team is averaging 77 ppg, up from 61.8 a season ago.
  • PSU players have combined to take 66 free throws, led by Frazier's 19 attempts. At this rate, the Lions could attempt 1,023 free throws in the regular season, a nearly 82 percent increase. 

SCOUTING PENN 
The Quakers are 1-1 on the young season after falling to Temple, 78-73, in their season opener and bouncing back with a 79-73 win at Monmouth Tuesday night. Miles Jackson-Cartwright had 25 points in the win over the Hawks and averages 18.5 on the season behind Tony Hicks' 20.5 points per game. Darien Nelson-Henry is averaging a double-double after two games with 16.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg. Hicks dropped 28 points vs. Temple in the opener and earned Ivy co-Player of the Week honors for the performance. 

SERIES HISTORY
Penn State and Penn will be meeting for the 49th time in a series that dates to 1901. Penn leads the series 30-18, but the Nittany Lions have wins in each of the last three meetings and seven of the last eight after posting a 58-47 victory over the Quakers in the BJC in the last season.

PENN STATE-PENN REWIND
Three Nittany Lions posted double-digit scoring as the Penn State men's basketball team improved to 4-3 on the year with a 58-47 victory over Penn (2-6) Dec. 1, 2012, at the Bryce Jordan Center. Jermaine Marshall led the Nittany Lions in scoring for the third time on the year with 18 points, while D.J. Newbill posted 13 points, five assists and five rebounds and Brandon Taylor added 11 points and six boards. 

PHILLY FERVOR 
Junior guard D.J. Newbill was the 2010 PIAA Class AA Player of the Year and Philadelphia Public League Player of the Year at Strawberry Mansion high school helping lead his team to the state championship game two times in three years. Sophomore Brandon Taylor, a native of Tabernacle, N.J., played his AAU ball with "Team Philly" and classmate John Johnson, who must sit out the first semester to satisfy transfer requirements, attended and played his first three high school seasons at Girard College High School in Philadelphia. He was three-time Pennsylvania Associated Press Class A First Team selection. Additionally, recent signee Shep Garner is a senior at Roman Catholic.

Penn State head coach Patrick Chambers played at Philadelphia's Episcopal Academy under legendary Philadelphia coach Dan Dougherty. Chambers was born and raised in the Newtown Square suburb of Philadelphia and later graduated from Philadelphia University in 1994, leaving as the school's all-time leader in assists after playing four seasons under Hall of Fame Coach Herb Magee and helping lead Pilly U to four NCAA Division II Sweet 16 appearances and two Elite Eights.

Chambers was a successful salesman and part owner of the family printing business in Philadelphia before getting back into coaching as an assistant to Dougherty at Episcopal (1999-2004) prior to moving on to Villanova as Director of Operations.

Chambers was also on Jay Wright's staff at Villanova for five years, helping lead the Wildcats to the 2009 NCAA Final Four as associate head coach.  First-year assistant coach Dwayne Anderson was a senior captain on the Final Four squad and third-year Director of Operations Ross Condon was a member of the Wildcat team for four seasons, the last three under Chambers. 

Penn State associate head coach Brian Daly was the 1988 Philadelphia Player of the Year at Monsignor Bonner (Philadelphia) and is the school's all-time leading scorer and member of its hall of fame. He went on to be a four-year letterman at St. Joe's (1988-92) helping lead the Hawks to two Big 5 Championships, and later was the head coach at Monsignor Bonner (1996-2002).

QUAKER CONNECTIONS
Patrick Chambers is the youngest of 12 children with two older brothers who had standout athletic careers at Penn. The second youngest and closest to him in age, Paul, was a three-year starting starting point guard on Penn teams from 1989-92 and graduated fifth on the Quakers career assists chart with 396. He played one season alongside current Penn head coach Jerome Allen. Another older brother, Tim, was the 1984 Ivy League Player of the Year as a defensive back on a Penn football team that won three-consecutive Ivy League titles.

Chambers played with Penn head coach Jerome Allen at Philadelphia's Episcopal Academy under coach Dan Dougherty. Allen was a sophomore sixth man on the team with senior Chambers in the starting backcourt.  

LAST TIME OUT: PENN STATE DROPS 90-80 DECISION TO BUCKNELL
Four players posted double figures for the Penn State men's basketball team, but their efforts fell short as the Nittany Lions fell to Bucknell, 90-80, Wednesday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.  D.J. Newbill led the charge for the Lions with a team-high 18 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals while Ross Travis and Brandon Taylor each posted career highs in scoring with 17 points apiece.

UP NEXT
The Lions return to the Bryce Jordan Center for their next three games, taking on La Salle at 7 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN3. The homestand continues with Longwood (Nov. 24) and Monmouth (Nov. 26) before Penn State departs for the Barclays Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Last Updated November 15, 2013