Tony Hicks named Ivy League Rookie of the Week

HICKS!!!Tony Hicks’ Empire State success has not gone unnoticed.

After scoring 48 points combined against Cornell and Columbia last weekend, Hicks was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday.

Hicks came out of the gates on fire against Cornell on Friday, scoring 15 of Penn’s first 17 points before finishing with a career-high 29 points. On Saturday, he led the Quakers with 19 points at Columbia as he went 8-for-15 from the field.

The freshman has been consistent for Penn in Ivy League play, leading the team with 13.8 points per game during the course of the Red and Blue’s nine-game Ivy slate.

Hicks is the third Quaker freshman to receive the Ancient Eight’s rookie of the week, following the lead of Jamal Lewis and Darien Nelson-Henry.

Game 25: Cornell – The Good, Bad & the Ugly

Good Bad & Ugly

Facing Cornell on the road at the Newman Arena in Ithaca, N.Y., the Quakers avenged a close loss from earlier this month behind freshman guard Tony Hicks’ 29-point eruption, getting the 79-71 win. Penn started out hot, jumping to a 25-13 lead, but the Big Red answered with a 30-14 run of their own to close out the first frame. Down 43-39 at the half, the Red and Blue dominated the second half, taking back the lead early on and never surrendering it again.

THE GOOD: Miles Cartwright’s well-rounded performance

The junior captain played like the leader everyone expects him to be, and he really did everything against Cornell. Cartwright racked up 15 points, nine assists, six boards and two steals. He also led the Quakers in playing time, with 34 minutes on the court. The only downside? Try 4-for-11 shooting and three turnovers. But that’s fine, because trying too hard is better than not trying at all.

THE BETTER: Tony Hicks’ season-high 29 points

Oh wait. Rather career-high, since he’s only a freshman. Hicks showed off what he’s capable of, hitting 11-for-18 from the field, which included making five of his six attempts from beyond the arc. The rookie secured Penn’s second best point total of the year — only behind Fran Dougherty’s 31-point show in a 62-53 loss against Fairfield on Nov. 12.

THE BAD: Henry Brooks fouls out … again

12 minutes. That’s exactly how much playing time Brooks got tonight, despite being in the starting lineup. The sophomore forward was subbed out after racking up two fouls in the first five minutes. He came back at the start of the second half, only to get subbed out yet again after two fouls in five minutes. When Allen finally decided to let him back in, Brooks made the most of it by turning the ball over and immediately reaching his fifth infraction of the night. Too bad for him, as his stat line of four points, three rebounds and two assists doesn’t look too bad for the short amount of time he actually spent on the court.

THE UGLY: Penn’s abysmal performance at the end of the first half

After Cartwright made two free throws that put the game 25-13 in favor of the Quakers, it looked like it would be an easy ride for Allen and co. That was before Cornell terrorized Penn for the last ten minutes of the first frame, scoring 30 points in that time period, which included 12 by guard Nolan Cressler. The Red and Blue surrendered five treys and also committed six turnovers during those ten minutes, and for a moment it looked as if it was going to turn into a blowout for the home team. That never materialized, as the Quakers kept it close and then reversed the situation in the second half, but this won’t happen against Princeton or Harvard.

This Week on 33rd Street: Feb. 22

After its third straight split Ivy weekend, the Penn basketball team will be back on the road again against Cornell and Columbia this Friday and Saturday. When the two New York schools visited the Palestra earlier this season, the Quakers topped the Lions on Friday before blowing a lead and falling to the Big Red on Saturday. Senior Sports Editor Mike Tony and Associate Sports Editor John Phillips preview the action:

DPOSTM Ivy Hoops Power Rankings: Nov. 28

Zack Rosen named candidate for Bob Cousy Award

For the second-straight year, Zack Rosen is up for the Bob Cousy Award. Rosen is up against 64 other point guards throughout the country, including locals Tyreek Duran (La Salle) and Maalik Wayns (Villanova).

PGs from several Ivy schools made the list as well — Columbia's Brian Barbour, Cornell's Chris Wroblewski and Harvard's Brandyn Curry. Check the full list here.

Rosen currently ranks No. 14 in the country among guards in points per game (20.8) and No. 21 in assists per game (6.0).

The field of 65 will be narrowed to 20 by the New Year, and continues to split in half each month until the winner is announced during the Final Four weekend in New Orleans.

Recruiting File: Braxston Bunce

braxstonbunce2In addition to Mike Hall, Penn basketball's recruiting-target list for a 2012 big man includes Braxston Bunce, a 6'10, 250-lb post player who hails from British Columbia, Canada. Bunce began to receive a pile of offers after a strong showing at the Las Vegas Live AAU tournament (Jul. 22-26), and he gained invaluable experience as the youngest member of Canada's U-19 team, going up against 7-foot-5 center Sim Bhullar on a regular basis in practice. I got a chance to speak with Bunce, his mother (Cheryl), and Ross Tomlinson, the Elite Development Manager for Basketball BC (the program Bunce has played for since the 7th grade) about Bunce's big-time summer and recruitment. Here are some good nuggets:

Top 5:

  • Bunce named, in no particular order, his top 5 schools as of now: Penn, Cornell, Washington State, Boise State, and the University of Nevada
  • He has taken unofficial visits to the latter three (plus Montana St. and Eastern Washington) and will take officials to Penn this week (he flies to Philadelphia today) and Cornell next week. Hall, meanwhile, will be coming to Penn Sept. 16th.

Coach's Breakdown:

  • "[Braxston is] sort of an old school post player. When you see him play, he has a real finesse  game, so he likes to go to the jump hook a lot, and he's got some really good up-and-under moves. You see some aspects of his game that you don’t tend to see a lot anymore, that he's really worked on. And he's very good going left-handed or right-handed ... He [also] has good anticipation skills, and he sets himself up really well underneath the basket and takes up good space, so he likes contact and he really establishes contact to get position ... I think as he gets older, his timing is going to get stronger as well. He gets off the floor fairly well, but that's one of the areas where I think as his body matures, he's going to get stronger and stronger in that particular area." - Tomlinson

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Game 20 – Cornell: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Another game, another devastating overtime loss for the Quakers. Penn's first two overtime losses — to Harvard and Princeton — in this three-game losing streak were understandable, and, if anything, they were encouraging for Penn's prospects in the Ivy League.  But Penn played down a level to Cornell Friday night. This one's got to be tough for the team, but for some context:

The Good: Not much here, but Jack Eggleston's line was once again impressive: 21 points, nine rebounds, and five assists Captain Jack is starting to make these type of lines look routine (averaging 19.2 points and nine boards over his last five games). Probably the lone bright spot for Penn, Jack brought it all game — logged 45 minutes — and you have to feel for him, as he's valiantly pulling out these big-time games, yet receiving "L's" at the end of the night. Another "good" that I completely forgot about during the game? Rosen's 15 points pushed him over the 1,000 career points mark (he entered the game sitting on 999), the 36th player to do so in Penn history. I'm sure he wasn't feeling good about this one though post-game.

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Liveblog: M. Hoops Penn at Cornell

We're in Ithaca, N.Y. bringing you the action from Newman Arena, where Penn (9-10, 3-2 Ivy) takes on Cornell (5-15, 1-5) looking to stop a two-game losing streak — and looking to avoid anymore run-ins with overtime.

Michael Gold and Kevin Esteves have the play by play below:

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Tip-off today

Zack Rosen celebrates an upset of then-No. 22 Cornell, sending the Big Red out of the top 25. The win marked the high-point of a season that was the program's worst.

(photo by Pete Lodato)