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Men's Hoops Tops Rice in Texas, 70-56

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 11/23/2013
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Hans Brase led Princeton with 15 points Saturday in Texas.
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Game 4: Princeton at Rice


Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
Tudor Fieldhouse • Houston, Texas


Box Score

  FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A Reb. O-D-T Ast. TO Blk. Stl.
Rice 20-52 (.385)
6-17 (.353)
10-16 (.625)
2 5
Princeton 25-55 (.455)
10-31 (.323)
10-13 (.769)
3 7

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs
Rice Obi/Guercy (9) Sean Obi (9) Marcus Jackson (5) 5 tied at 1 Sean Obi (2) 4 tied at 3
Princeton Hans Brase (15)
Ben Hazel (7)
Jimmy Sherburne (5)
Ben Hazel (2)
Spencer Weisz (2)
Hans Brase (3)

Princeton went big on the 3 again, tying a season high by attempting 31 3-pointers. The Tigers made 10 of them, and Hans Brase led the team with three 3s.

Princeton went on a 10-0 run in the first half that gave the Tigers a 31-23 lead with 4:18 to play before the break. Four players had the four baskets in the run, which T.J. Bray capped with a 3-pointer for his first basket of the season.

• Princeton improved its all-time series record with Rice to 3-1. Tigers won in 1996 and 2007, Rice won in 2006. It was the first win in the series for the road team; the 1996 game was neutral-site in Milwaukee.

• Princeton is 3-1 for the first time since the 2006-07 season.

Chris Clement's (above, left) six points gave him 14 over the last two games, the most for a two-game stretch in his career.

Ben Hazel's (above, right) 11 points gave him 25 over the last two games, his most in a two-game stretch in his career. His 39 points on the season are now his most in a season as a Tiger, and his seven rebounds tied a career high and marked the first time he led Princeton in a game in rebounding.

• Hans Brase tied his season high with 15 points. His career best remains 17 points, set Dec. 20, 2012 against Rider. His three 3-pointers were a career best for the sophomore.

• T.J. Bray made his season debut, going 3 for 6 from the field, 2 of 5 from distance with four assists and just one turnover in 21 minutes.

• Princeton started the game 0-6 from the field but improved to shoot 59.1 percent (13-22) over the final 15-plus minutes of the first half.

• Princeton was down to Rice 23-21 before going on a 10-0 run over three-plus minutes to take a 31-23 lead with 4:18 to go in the half.

• Princeton took a 36-25 lead into the break, and the advantage never fell below double digits in the second half. Princeton's largest lead was 25 points.

• The victory was Princeton's first in Texas since Dec. 27, 2004, a 59-51 victory over Tulane in a UTEP-hosted tournament. Princeton lost to Rice in its last trip to Texas in 2006. It was the first true road win in the Lone Star State for the Tigers since the Tigers beat UTEP on Dec. 28, 1996.

• Jimmy Sherburne tied his career best with five assists, set in the season opener against Florida A&M.

• Hashim Moore made his career debut, and Daniel Edwards, Bobby Garbade and Mike Washington made their season debuts. Steven Cook scored his first career points.

The Tigers will host George Mason (4-1) Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Jadwin Gym in the second game of a doubleheader with the women's team. The Tigers and Patriots will be meeting for the first time.
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