Fordham stormed back to deal the Princeton men's basketball team a 63-60 defeat Saturday afternoon at the new Barclays Center to start the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival.
Princeton had scored 12 straight points to build a 54-43 lead with a little more than five minutes to go in the game, but Fordham began its comeback, closing the game on a 20-6 run.
The loss dropped Princeton to 3-6 on the season while Fordham snapped a five-game losing streak and improved to 2-8.
Ian Hummer led Princeton with 18 points, one off the game-high 19 that Branden Frazier had for Fordham. Will Barrett joined Hummer in double figures with 13 points.
Chris Gaston, who averaged 11.3 points per game for Fordham early this season before losing a month to a knee injury, had 16 points in his first game back since Nov. 13. Ryan Canty added a double-double with 12 points and 15 boards for Fordham.
Princeton held a four-point lead with 34 seconds to go on a pair of Ian Hummer free throws, but Fordham's Frazier hit a 3-pointer on the team's next possession. Following a Princeton miss on the front end of a 1-and-1, Fordham took advantage, as Canty had the go-ahead layup with eight seconds to go.
That bucket made it 61-60 Fordham, and after a Hummer drive to the bucket didn't fall, Princeton had to foul and the Rams' Bryan Smith drained both free throws to make it 63-60 with 1.2 seconds left. That was enough time for T.J Bray to inbound a ball that found Hummer out beyond the 3-point line, but his desperation try hit the rim and didn't go.
The Tigers continued their struggles staying on top, holding leads of at least eight points against every opponent except Syracuse this season but winning only three of those eight games.
Fordham continued a trend, outrebounding a third straight opponent by double digits. That 39-28 rebounding edge was key for the Rams, who had 10 offensive rebounds that led to 11 second-chance points. That statistic stood out on a day when other measures were close, with Princeton outshooting Fordham 41.2 percent to 40.8 percent, and neither team shooting well from distance, Princeton going 5 of 20 and Fordham 2 of 10.
Princeton will try to rebound with two games in quick succession in Jadwin Gym, against Rider Thursday at 7 p.m. and against Bucknell Saturday at 7 p.m.
• Princeton and Fordham played 27 times between 1904 and 1989, but only once since, a Princeton win at Fordham in 2008. Fordham's win snapped Princeton's four-game winning streak in the series and was the Rams' first win over the Tigers since 1981.
• Ian Hummer's 18 points moved him into ninth place on the Princeton career scoring list, now with 1,308 points. Next on the list is a classmate of Hummer's uncle John Hummer '70, as Geoff Petrie '70 is in eighth place with 1,321 points.
• Hummer moved past Brian Taylor '84 into seventh place on Princeton's career field goals list, now with 510. Peter Campbell '62 is next at 516.
• With a team-high seven rebounds, Hummer passed the 600 career rebound mark on the same day he passed the 1,300-point mark. He's now got 603 career boards, seventh at Princeton since the stat began being kept in 1954-55. Andy Rimol '74 is next on that list at 617.
• Freshman Hans Brase had a career-high eight points, going 4 of 5 from the field.
• Sophomore Denton Koon had his first multi-steal game as a Tiger with a career-best three swipes.
• Junior Will Barrett scored in double digits in back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 13-16. He also tied a career high with three 3-pointers.
• Sophomore Bobby Garbade had his first field goal of the season.