* Toledo (7-5) looks to build on a pair of strong defensive showings when it travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to battle Ivy League foe Penn (9-4) in the historic Palestra on Friday, Dec. 29 in its non-conference finale. The contest will tip off at 4:00 p.m. and be streamed on the Ivy League Network. Following Friday's contest, the Rockets will open Mid-American Conference play at Buffalo (7-5) on Tuesday, Jan. 2.
* UT has registered its two largest margins of victory this season in its last two outings - an 83-57 win over Jackson State and a 77-62 triumph over Cleveland State - thanks to some strong defense. The Rockets limited the Tigers and Vikings to 32.8 and 39.3 shooting marks, respectively.
* Junior guard Jaelan Sanford paced UT offensively with 20 points and also dished out a team-high six assists with just one turnover. Joining Sanford in double figures were junior forward Nate Navigato (13 pts.), sophomore center Luke Knapke (12 pts.) and sophomore forward Willie Jackson (12 pts.). The quartet keyed Toledo's torrid second-half 70.8 FG% by combining to connect on 15-of-19 (78.9 percent) field-goal attempts. Jackson and Knapke also each grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
* Senior guard Tre'Shaun Fletcher is the lone individual to appear in the Mid-American Conference's Top 10 in points, rebounds and assists with 17.1 ppg (9th), 8.9 rpg (2nd) and 4.0 apg (T-7th).
* Joining Fletcher among the MAC scoring leaders are Sanford, Navigato and Knapke with 15.7 ppg (12th), 14.4 ppg (20th) and 12.0 ppg (27th), respectively.
* Knapke ranks third in the MAC with 1.7 bpg and is sixth in the league with a 56.6 field-goal percentage. He also is 14th with 6.6 rpg. Navigato is second with 3.2 treys per contest and fourth with a 42.7 three-point FG%. Freshman guard Marreon Jackson ranks fifth in the MAC with a 2.2 assist/turnover ratio.
* As a team, Toledo tops the MAC with its 37.9 three-point FG% and 1.2 assist/turnover ratio and is second with 9.6 three-point field goals per game and 15.4 apg. The Rockets are also third with 3.9 bpg and a 74.2 free-throw percentage.
* Penn posted a 105-52 win over Delaware State on Wednesday - the first contest of a nine-game homestand - before meeting the Rockets on Friday. The Quakers have scored 90 or more points on three occasions this season and are averaging 77.9 ppg.
* Sophomore guard Ryan Betley is averaging a team-high 14.9 ppg to lead a balanced attack that has had 11 different players reach double figures in the scoring column. In addition, six different Quakers have led the team in scoring.
POST-GAME NOTES FROM TOLEDO'S 77-62 WIN AT CLEVELAND STATE
* UT has knocked down 10 or more three-point field goals in eight of its last nine games.
* The Rockets outrebounded the Vikings by a 38-26 margin, marking their second straight contest with a double-digit rebounding advantage. UT also held a 42-31 cushion vs. Jackson State.
* The Rockets are 6-1 when leading at halftime.
* UT is undefeated in seven outings this season when outshooting its opponent from the field.
* Junior forward Nate Navigato came off the bench for the first time this season and tallied 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting (3-of-6 3fg). Since a 3-of-10 (0-of-6 3fg) outing vs. Marshall, Navigato has a 62.5 FG% (15-of-24) with a 61.1 3PTFG% (11-of-18) in his last three games.
* Sophomore center Luke Knapke tallied 12 points and eight rebounds vs. Cleveland State and has a 73.0 FG% in his last five games.
* Sophomore guard Justin Roberts is averaging 13.0 mpg in his last two contests and has an impressive 11 assists with just one turnover to go along with a 50.0 FG% (6-of-12) and 50.0 3PTFG% (4-of-8) this season.
* The Rockets' bench has tallied its two highest scoring outputs this season in its last two contests. UT tallied 39 bench points vs. Jackson State before producing 28 at Cleveland State.
One of Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk's goals for the Rockets heading into the 2017-18 campaign was to increase their three-point field goals. Toledo has done just that this season by converting 116-of-306 attempts for a 37.9 conversion rate, a mark that sits at the top of the MAC.
UT's 9.7 treys per game rank second in the MAC and are well ahead of last year's average of 7.7 three-pointers per game. The Rockets posted a 36.2 three-point field-goal percentage last year.
Toledo's 14 three-point field goals vs. Saint Joseph's in its season opener were tied for third-most in school history. The school record is 17 vs. Wright State on Dec. 22, 2003 with UT also hitting 16 vs. Marshall on Jan. 12, 2000.
UT has also posted double-digit trey totals with 12-of-25 totals at Syracuse (Nov. 22), 11-of-31 totals at Cornell (Nov. 24), 12-of-29 totals at Kansas (Nov. 28), 10-of-27 totals vs. Texas Southern (Dec. 2), 11-of-25 totals at Detroit Mercy (Dec. 6), 10-of-29 totals vs. Wright State (Dec. 16), 10-of-26 totals vs. Jackson State (Dec. 20) and 10-of-25 totals vs. Cleveland State (Dec. 23).