– Marques Alston was the high scorer for the Hawks with 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
– Monmouth played the game shorthanded, as 7-2 center Jared Bunch was out with knee problems, and his backup, Rickie Crews, did not make the trip to focus on academics.
– Penn sank half its shots from the field — even with Ibby Jaaber hitting just 1 of 7 from the field. The rest of Jaaber’s statline was much stronger, as he had a career-high 10 assists, five rebounds, six steals, and only two turnovers.
– Brian Grandieri had 19 points for Penn — on 9-of-15 shooting — while Steve Danley added 10.
– Penn logged 26 assists on its 34 field goals.
– Monmouth opened the game hot from the outside, hitting 4 of 6 three-pointers to start the game.
– Mike Kach made his 2006-07 debut for the Quakers, coming back from a stress fracture suffered in preseason practice. He logged five minutes, entering the scoring column with a putback in the final minute and grabbing a rebound.
– Although Tuesday night’s matchup at The Palestra featured two teams coming off trips to the NCAA Tournament, the attendance was only 2,854.
– Next, Penn will host the team that dispatched Monmouth from the NCAA Tournament last March when Villanova comes calling on Saturday, December 2 for a 7:00 pm ET tip.