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Yale Holds Off Men's Hoops in OT, 66-65

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/15/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
T.J. Bray had 20 points at Yale.
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Game 21: Princeton at Yale

(14-7, 2-5)

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
Lee Amphitheater • New Haven, Conn.

(13-9, 7-1)

Box Score

Needing a win to keep pace with Harvard atop the Ivy League, Yale narrowly did just that Saturday night in New Haven, getting a putback from Justin Sears with 4.4 seconds left in overtime to win 66-65.

Neither team started out well, as the two combined to go 0-13 from the field (Princeton 0-7) over the game's first five-plus minutes. Five Yale turnovers over that span compounded the missed shots to hurt the Bulldogs as Princeton got out to a 7-0 lead.

Yale soon found its stroke, but the Bulldogs ended up committing 13 turnovers just in the first period. Yale answered Princeton's 7-0 start with an 11-0 run of its own, and the teams battled from there until Princeton end the half by scoring the period's final 10 points. Until T.J. Bray hit a 3-pointer with three seconds before the break, Princeton saw 11 straight points scored by freshmen, with four apiece for Pete Miller and Spencer Weisz and three for Steven Cook.

Princeton led by 11 at 34-23 with little more than two minutes gone in the second half when Yale answered with a 12-2 run to cut it to a one-point Princeton lead, and neither team led by more than five points from there.

Princeton scored the last five points of the extra period to send it to OT at 56-56, but after the Tigers led by three at 65-62 inside of a minute to go, Princeton didn't score again. Princeton had two possessions after that point, seeing one end on a turnover on an overthrown pass from the backcourt and the other end without the Tigers able to get off a shot after Sears' go-ahead putback.

  FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A Reb. O-D-T Ast. TO Blk. Stl.
23-53 (.434)
3-11 (.273)
17-22 (.773)
16 6 6
Princeton 20-56 (.357)
5-22 (.227)
20-23 (.870)
10 0 7

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs
Yale Justin Sears (17)
Armani Cotton (11)
Javier Duren (5)
3 tied at 2
Justin Sears (4)
3 tied at 1
Princeton T.J. Bray (20)
T.J. Bray (7)
Bray/Sherburne (3)
T.J. Bray (3)
5 tied at 1

35.7: Princeton shot just 35.7 percent from the field Saturday night and 22.7 percent from beyond the arc. Yale wasn't hot, but did better at 43.4 percent overall.


Yale's Justin Sears had a putback for the winner with 4.4 seconds left on a play that saw the Bulldogs get two offensive rebounds.




• Yale's 19 points at halftime were the fewest for a Princeton opponent at the break since Cornell scored 14 in the first half in Ithaca on Feb. 23, 2013.

• Senior T.J. Bray's late-charge pursuit of 1,000 career points continued as he lifted his career total to 867 with 20 tonight. He scored 16 of those points between the second half and overtime. Over the last seven regular-season games, he'll need to average 19 points per game to hit the number. Bray is averaging 20.1 ppg in the Ivy season and 18.3 ppg on the season overall.

• The game was Princeton's fourth overtime contest of the season and first at Lee Amphitheater since 1999. Princeton is 2-2 in OT games this season.

• Freshman Spencer Weisz scored 10 points for his ninth double-figure scoring game of the season. The three Tiger freshmen who played (Weisz, Steven Cook, Pete Miller) had a stretch of 11 straight Tiger points late in the first half.

• It was the 12th time this season that T.J. Bray has led or co-led Princeton in scoring. Bray has scored 20 points seven times this season and has scored in double figures in 16 straight games in which he has played.

Friday night will bring Dartmouth to Jadwin Gym as the Tigers look to avenge their Feb. 1 loss in Hanover.
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