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Men's Basketball Holds Off Brown Rally to Sweep Final Home Ivy Weekend

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/01/2014
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T.J. Bray led Princeton with 21 points against Brown.
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Game 25: Princeton vs. Brown

 69
(17-8, 5-6)

Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014
Jadwin Gym • Princeton, N.J.

 64
(15-11, 7-5)

Box Score | Postgame video | Highlights

Princeton led by as many as 15 points in each half, but Brown staged a second-half rally to take a brief lead before Princeton wrested away the 69-64 win Saturday night in Jadwin Gym.

The Tigers were up eight just past the 10-minute mark of the second half when Brown went on a 10-1 run to take a 61-60 lead with five minutes to play. That, as it turned out, would be Brown's only advantage of the second half. T.J. Bray hit a 3-pointer with 3:49 to play and Princeton never relented the lead, though the Tigers did get some key bounces and pounce on some needed rebounds down the stretch.

The win closed out the final home weekend of the Ivy League season, giving Princeton a sweep in the final home Ivy weekend in five straight seasons.


  FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A Reb. O-D-T Ast. TO Blk. Stl.
22-60 (.367)
3-14 (.214)
17-20 (.850)
13-25-38
11
8 5 7
24-60 (.400)
9-21 (.429)
12-17 (.706)
14-25-39
18
12 7 5

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs
Sean McGonagill (19)
Cedric Kuakumensah (10)
Sean McGonagill (5)
Tavon Blackmon (4)
Cedric Kuakumensah (5)
Sean McGonagill (2)
T.J. Bray (21)
Brase/Bray (7)
T.J. Bray (6)
Five tied at 1
Barrett/Cook (2)
Barrett/Bray (3)


9: Princeton hit nine 3-pointers in the win with the treys coming from five players. Will Barrett and T.J. Bray had three apiece.


T.J. Bray's 3-pointer inside of four minutes to go ended Brown's brief lead and gave the Tigers a 63-61 edge. As it turned out, the Tigers never relinquished the lead.
 

   


• After Tavon Blackmon's layup gave Brown a 61-60 lead with five minutes to go, the Bears went 0-9 from the field. Princeton went 1-4 from the field after that point but were 6-8 from the free-throw line.

• Senior T.J. Bray kept alive his outside chance at joining Princeton's 1,000-point club, scoring 21 points to give him 931 for his career. He would need to average 23 points over Princeton's final three games to become Princeton's 30th 1,000-point scorer.

• Freshman Spencer Weisz had five rebounds to give him 114 on the season. Five more rebounds will move him past teammate Hans Brase's freshman-year total of 118 and give him the most rebounds for a Princeton freshman since Chris Young '02 had 160 in 1998-99.

• T.J. Bray had six assists tonight, his most since getting seven at Yale on Feb. 15. The six assists gave him 349 for his career, surpassing former coach and alumnus John Thompson III '88, who had 347. Bray is now third on Princeton's all-time list for a stat that has been kept since the 1974-75 season. Kit Mueller '91 is second with 381 assists.

• Brown's Cedric Kuakumensah posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. It was the sixth double-double posted against Princeton this season, while Princeton players also have six double-doubles this season.

• Princeton hit 42.9 percent of its 3-pointers tonight (9-21), well above Brown's 3-point allowance entering the game of 28 percent.

• Princeton's nine 3-pointers kept alive the chance that the Tigers could break the program record for 3-pointers in a season of 265, set in 1997-98. Princeton now has 236 3-pointers and three games left to break the record.

• With 13 points tonight, freshman Spencer Weisz has scored in double figures in five straight games, his longest stretch as a Tiger.

• Junior Clay Wilson's seven points were two off his season high of nine set in December when he made three 3-pointers against Pacific.

• Senior Will Barrett reached double figures for the first time since Feb. 15 against Yale with 10 points tonight.

• Freshman Steven Cook (above, left) set a season/career high with 34 minutes and tied a best with five rebounds.

• Freshman Pete Miller's (above, right) six rebounds were one off his career high of seven set at Brown on Feb. 14.


Princeton will travel to Cornell Friday at 7 p.m.
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