Harvard-Penn and Villanova-Creighton highlight Saturday's city hoops slate

Drexel’s Troy Harper splits Elon defenders Dmitri Thompson (left) and Sheldon Eberhardt on his way to the net in the 2nd half of the Elon at Drexel University mens basketball game on January 25.

UNC Wilmington (9-20, 6-11 Colonial Athletic Association) at Drexel (12-18, 6-11)

4 p.m. Daskalakis Athletic Center.

TV: none.

Radio: none.

Livestream: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/drexel/

Coaches: UNCW, C.B. McGrath (1st season, 9-20); Drexel Zach Spiker (2nd season, 21-41; overall, 123-153).

Series: UNCW leads, 18-12.

Last meeting: Playing without injured leading scorer Tramaine Isabell, Drexel lost at UNCW, 107-87, on Jan. 2. Sophomore guard Kurk Lee scored a team-high 22 points for the Dragons.

The latest: Drexel set an NCAA Division I record by overcoming a 34-point deficit to defeat visiting Delaware, 85-83, on Thursday. … The previous biggest Division I deficit overcome was 32 points by Duke over Tulane in 1950. Junior guard Tramaine Isabell, who averages 20.8 points, had 30 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists against Delaware, snapping the Dragons’ four-game losing streak. Sammy Mojica added 16 points and Troy Harper scored 13 off the bench. … Drexel (6-11) is in seventh place, just behind sixth place Elon (6-10). The sixth-place team would earn a first-round bye in the CAA tournament. … UNCW has lost two in a row, including Thursday’s 96-83 loss at William & Mary. Sophomore guard Jaylen Fornes scored a career-high 27 points in Thursday’s loss, and junior forward Devontae Cacok recorded 18 points and 12 rebounds for his 21st double-double of the season.

La Salle (11-17, 5-10 Atlantic Ten) at Fordham (9-18, 4-11)

4 p.m. Rose Hill Gymnasium, Bronx, N.Y..

TV: none.

Radio: none.

Livestream: http://www.atlantic10.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?catid=0&id=1910364&db_oem_id=31600

Audio: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/lasalle/#

Coaches: La Salle, John Giannini (14th season, 210-224; overall, 503-373); Fordham, Jeff Neubauer (3rd season, 39-51; overall, 227-185).

Series: La Salle leads, 38-16.

Last meeting: Sophomore Isiah Deas led five double-figure scorers with 15 points as the host Explorers beat Fordham, 75-67, on Jan. 17.

The latest: La Salle suffered a 95-93 overtime home loss to No. 18 Rhode Island on Tuesday. Senior forward B.J. Johnson scored 29 points and grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds. … Johnson is averaging 20.8 points and 8.6 rebounds. … The Explorers have dropped four of their last five games. … Fordham shot 7 for 34 (20.6 percent) from three-point range in Wednesday’s 76-52 loss at Davidson. … The Rams are looking to end a three-game losing streak. … Will Tavares, a 6-6 senior, averages a team-best 13.5 points for Fordham.

St. Joseph’s (12-15, 7-8 Atlantic Ten) at Richmond (9-18, 7-8)

6 p.m., Robins Center, Richmond, Va.

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus.

Radio: WPHT-AM (1210).

Livestream: http://www.atlantic10.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?SPSID=799986&SPID=136228&DB_LANG=C&db_oem_id=31600

Coaches: St. Joseph’s Phil Martelli (23rd season, 426-308); Richmond, Chris Mooney (13th season, 234-193; overall, 252-204).

Series: St. Joseph’s leads, 16-9.

Last meeting: Despite season highs of 14 points and eight rebounds by then-St. Joseph’s freshman Nick Robinson, Richmond won, 70-66, on Jan. 14, 2017 at Hagan Arena.

The latest: St. Joseph’s saw its three-game win streak end with Wednesday’s 79-76 loss to visiting George Mason as Ian Boy hit a three-pointer at the buzzer. Hawks guards Shavar Newkirk and Chris Clover scored 23 and 21 points, respectivel,y in the loss. Newkirk scored 14 points in the final three minutes. The Hawks shot 4 for 22 (18.2 percent) from three-point range, with leading three-point shooter Taylor Funk going 0 for 8. … Richmond has lost four in a row, capped by Wednesday’s 103-77 defeat at George Washington as the winning Colonials shot 69 percent from the field, including 10 for 14 (71.4 percent) from three-point range. … Grant Golden, a 6-10 redshirt freshman, is Richmond’s leading scorer (15.4 ppg.).

Harvard (15-11, 10-1 Ivy League) at Penn (20-7, 10-1)

7 p.m. the Palestra.

TV: ESPN3/Ivy League Network

Radio: WNTP-AM (990)

Livestream: http://www.espn.com/watch/

Coaches: Harvard, Tommy Amaker (11th season, 208-116; overall, 384-255); Penn, Steve Donahue (3rd season, 44-39; overall, 244-253)

Series: Penn leads, 131-42.

Last meeting: With 6-foot-9 sophomore Chris Lewis scoring a career-high 25 points, Harvard beat visiting Penn, 76-67, on Feb. 10, handing the Quakers their first Ivy League loss.

The latest: Both teams won on Friday with Penn beating Dartmouth, 74-46 and Harvard scoring a 72-66 overtime win at Princeton. … Penn and Harvard have clinched at least a top-two seed in the coming Ivy League tournament. … In the earlier loss to Harvard, the difference was Penn’s inability to stop the inside game of the Crimson, led by Lewis, who shot 10 for 14 from the field. Harvard was 17 for 21 from the foul line, and Penn was 7 for 9. Ryan Betley, who shot 4 for 10 from three-point range, led Penn with 16 points. … Penn will close the regular season at Yale and Brown, and Harvard will end its season at home against Cornell and Columbia.


We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Load comments