Turn Back the Clock: Jan. 14, 1999

In first game since the passing away of Fran Dunphy's father, Penn defeats La Salle, 62-58
January 14, 1999

Emotions can sometimes distract a team from the true goal. And for the Penn team and coaching staff on mithis week, there was no shortage of emotion. But instead, they used that emotion as motivation to beat La Salle at Tom Gola Arena and remain perfect in the Big 5.

Fran Dunphy, Sr., father of legendary coach Fran Dunphy, passed away the Sunday morning before the game against the Explorers. Dunphy Sr. attended most Penn basketball games, sitting just two rows behind the bench. Despite the heavy hearts, the Red and Blue kept their composure and won the game in memory of their "No. 1 fan".

La Salle's defense frustrated the Quakers all night by shutting down their perimeter shooting and holding Penn's leading scorer Michael Jordan to just 10 points. But this gave other players the chance to step up.

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Three Up, Three Down: La Salle Edition

Three Up Three DownIn their second Big 5 game of the year, the Quakers will look to break a five-game losing streak at La Salle. Here is our first Three Up, Three Down of 2013:

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Henry Brooks: The sophomore forward has seen more floor time with the recent absence of Fran Dougherty. Brooks has averaged 10 points and 5 rebounds in the past two games, nearly doubling his season averages. Dougherty is unlikely to play Saturday, so if Brooks can stay out of foul trouble, expect a big game from him.

Second-half shooting: Penn’s shooting percentages have been poor in the second half of recent games. Against Butler, the Quakers' field-goal percentage dropped a whole 16.5 percent from the first half to the second. But La Salle has a tendency to allow its opponents to shoot better as the game goes on, as its last three opponents have shot the same or better from the floor in the second half.

Jamal Lewis: Recently named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, the freshman guard averaged a combined 11.5 points and 5.0 assists at Wagner and Butler. The Quakers will need another solid contribution from Lewis to help make up for the absence of Dougherty and contain La Salle’s outside shooters on the defensive end of the floor.

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Penn fouling troubles: The Explorers’ last two opponents have only been called for a combined 21 fouls. Meanwhile, the Quakers have averaged nearly 23 fouls per game this season. Penn’s well-documented foul troubles shouldn’t be as significant against a team like La Salle that prefers to play more on the perimeter.

Home court advantage: Although La Salle is 5-1 at home this season, it will be a very short trip for the Quakers to Tom Gola Arena. Central Connecticut, which is only 4-8 on the season, came away with a win at La Salle back in November, which should give hope to this young Quaker team.

La Salle shooting: The Explorers are a great offensive team, as they have several talented perimeter players who shoot the ball well.   But La Salle’s shooting percentages should take a hit against a stingy Quakers defense. Penn's 'D' leads the Ivy League in field goal percentage defense (.410) and ranks second in three-point field goal percentage defense (.319).

Penn-St. Joe’s to be nationally broadcast

Per Philly.com's Jonathan Tannenwald, Penn basketball's Big 5 tilt with St. Joe's will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2/ESPNU. The Quakers and Hawks are set to square off at the Palestra on Sat., Jan. 19 at 5 p.m.

Penn has a small winning streak going in its series with St. Joe's, having won the contest in each of the last two seasons. The Hawks are the only Big 5 team the Red and Blue have been able to beat since the 2006-07 season.

The Quakers' game against La Salle on Jan. 5 at the Tom Gola Arena will also be televised, but on CBS Sports Network. Penn's other Big 5 matchups — against Villanova on Dec. 8 and Temple on Jan. 23 — have yet to be picked up by a network.

Correction: This post previously stated that the Penn-St. Joe's game would be shown on NBC Sports Network.