Men's Basketball Gets 10th Win, Tops Kent State 73-68
|Game 12: Princeton vs. Kent State
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
Box Score | Highlights
Princeton had 10 days to think about the loss to Portland that snapped its eight-game winning streak, and the Tigers made good on the chance to bounce back.
Leading by as many as 15 points before withstanding a furious Kent State rally, the Tigers swept their home-and-home series with the Golden Flashes, this one by a 73-68 final after Princeton won by 12 in Ohio last year.
Princeton in the first half stuck to what had been a winning formula so far this season, putting up 19 3-point tries in the opening 20 minutes and nailing six of them. But the Tigers' line of choice in the second half was a few feet closer. Taking 40 free-throw attempts on the day, its most in nearly nine years, Princeton stepped to the line 31 times in the second half and made 21, keeping the game just out of Kent State's reach.
Those trips to the line were magnified down the stretch, as Princeton's once double-digit lead had evaporated and became a one-point Kent State margin as late as 66-65 inside of a minute to go.
Princeton made 8 of 10 free throws after Kent State's final lead, and Hans Brase's 2-for-2 trip with 13 seconds to go made it a two-possession game at 71-67.
|Kent State||Kris Brewer (15)
||Mark Henniger (10)
||3 tied at 2
||Derek Jackson (2)
||5 tied at 1
||Devareaux Manley (4)
|Princeton||Will Barrett (19)
||Hans Brase (9)
||T.J. Bray (5)
||T.J. Bray (2)
||Hans Brase (2)
||Will Barrett (4)
|40: Princeton's 40 free throw tries were its most since taking 40 against Columbia on Feb. 12, 2005. Kent State had just 22 free throw tries in Tuesday's game. No one had more than Hans Brase, who was 9 of 12 against the Flashes from the stripe.
|Hans Brase's free throws to make it 71-67 were big, but Will Barrett tipped a Kent State pass that T.J. Bray came down with, and with just 31 seconds to go, Kent State had to foul Bray instead of holding on to a crucial possession with what was then a 67-66 Princeton lead. Bray split from the line on that trip to make it 68-66, but the Tigers didn't trail again.
• Princeton is now 2-0 all-time against the Golden Flashes and is now 5-2 against the MAC over the last six seasons (2-0 vs. Kent State, 2-0 vs. Buffalo, 1-1 vs. Central Michigan, 0-1 vs. Akron).
|Princeton and Liberty will meet for the first time Saturday at 2 p.m. on Liberty's campus in Lynchburg, Va. The Flames are 6-7 heading into a game at Delaware Wednesday.