Overcoming a slow start, the Princeton men's basketball team beat Cornell 76-59 Friday night to improve to 2-0 in the Ivy League with Columbia coming to town Saturday night.
Saturday's game against the Lions will be televised on NBC Sports Network. Columbia fell 62-58 to Penn Friday night, dropping to 1-2 in the Ivy League, as did Cornell with the loss to the Tigers.
With the win, Princeton extended is home Ivy League winning streak to 19 games, the program's longest since 26 straight from 1996-99. It'll have the opportunity to extend two streaks to 20 Saturday, the Ivy home win streak and the number of consecutive years in which Princeton has defeated Columbia in Jadwin Gym. The Lions' last win on campus was in 1993.
After half the league split with its travel partner during Princeton's finals break, along with Princeton's win over Penn, the Tigers and Harvard are the only two Ivy-undefeated teams just two or three games into the league schedule.
Princeton (9-7) missed nine of its first 10 shots against Cornell (9-11) and fell behind 17-8 with nine minutes gone in the game, but the other 30-plus minutes went Princeton's way. The Tigers shot 63.4 percent from the field (26-41) after the slow start, shooting 52.9 percent (27-51) even with the cold stretch.
Ian Hummer had 14 of his 18 first-half points after that eight-point deficit, and the Tigers caught Cornell at 21-21. Princeton scored the last seven points of the half to take a 35-30 lead into the break, and the Tigers outscored the Big Red 41-29 in the second half. That included a 15-0 run as Princeton turned a 41-40 lead into 56-40 edge, holding Cornell scoreless for more than six minutes. Princeton's largest lead was 21 points with two minutes to go in the game.
• Denton Koon had a career-high 22 points to co-lead Princeton along with Ian Hummer's 22. Koon, whose best last season as a freshman was 13 points, has reset his career high three times this season, first with 15 points on Dec. 20 against Rider, then the next game on Dec. 22 at Bucknell with 17 points, and now with 22 against Cornell. All three of those games have come in Jadwin Gym.
• Hummer moved closer to assistant coach Brian Earl '99 for sixth place on the school scoring list, Hummer is now just four points back of Earl, 1,424 points to 1,428.
• Hummer figures to move from seventh to fourth on the school scoring list in short order, with Craig Robinson '83 at 1,441 points and Pete Campbell '62 at 1,451 points.
• Princeton has won three in a row against Cornell in Jadwin Gym after the 2010 Big Red, who went on to the NCAA Round of 16, won 48-45 in 2010. Princeton has won 4 of 5 from Cornell over the last three seasons.
• Ian Hummer missed a double-double by just one rebound. It would have been his first double-double this season. His next double-double will be the 10th of his career after five as a sophomore and four as a junior.
• It was the fifth time this season, and first time since Dec. 22 against Bucknell, that Princeton shot better than 50 percent from the field. Princeton hit 52.9 percent of its tries against the Big Red.
• Princeton's 11 steals were its second-most of the season after 14 in an overtime loss at Wagner on Nov. 28.
• Princeton has won four in a row for the first time this season and first time since winning five straight from Feb. 25 at Dartmouth to Mar. 13 at Evansville last season, the last of those wins coming in the College Basketball Invitational first round.