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Yale Hands Men's Basketball First Ivy League Loss

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/09/2013
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Denton Koon had 16 points in defeat for Princeton Saturday night.
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Jadwin Gymnasium is in its 45th season of Ivy League basketball, and the Princeton men's basketball team has won 257 Ivy League games since the place opened in 1969.

Four times, the Tigers have had Ivy League winning streaks of at least 20 games, the most recent of which came into Saturday night's game against Yale.

Twenty-one straight Ivy League victories under Jadwin's roof, however, is where this most recent streak will end.

Riding the outcome of a first half in which it shot 65 percent from the field, Yale beat Princeton 69-65 Saturday night to stop Princeton's overall winning streak at six games and drop the Tigers to 11-8 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League.

Harvard, which will play a postponed game at Columbia tomorrow, benefits from Princeton's loss by standing as the only league-undefeated team in the Ivy at 5-0.

Princeton will complete the first half of the Ivy League double round-robin next week, Friday at Dartmouth and Saturday at Harvard.

Yale's largest lead was eight points, taking a 34-26 edge into halftime after making 13 of 20 tries from the field in those opening 20 minutes. Princeton immediately set about cutting into the deficit, and the Tigers squared it at 40-40 less than seven minutes into the half.

Princeton led by one point on two occasions, last at 50-49 just past the midway point of the second half, and the Tigers spent most of the night playing catch-up. The team's last gasp ended in a steal by Yale's Matt Townsend after Princeton took the ball with 38 seconds remaining the game and ran the clock down to its last few ticks without getting off a shot.

Yale clung to its 67-65 lead at that point, and Austin Morgan sealed it with a pair of free throws for the 69-65 final margin.

Javier Duren led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Morgan and Sam Martin had 11 apiece. Denton Koon led Princeton with 16 points while Ian Hummer added 14 and Will Barrett chipped in 11.

The key statistical measures mirrored the outcome of the game with narrow edges for the Bulldogs on all fronts. Yale outshot Princeton 54.8 percent to 51.1 percent, outrebounded the Tigers 22-21, and had fewer turnovers, 16-13.

Postgame notes

• The longest Ivy League home winning streak in Princeton history remains the 27-game run the program had from 1974-77, and the streak that ended Saturday was the program's longest since winning 26 in a row from 1996-99.

• Brown was the last Ivy League team to beat Princeton in Jadwin Gym, back on Feb. 20, 2010.

• A win Saturday would have put Princeton halfway to the Ivy League record for consecutive home wins in conference play, set by Penn when the Quakers won 44 straight Ivy contests at The Palestra from 1977-83.

• Princeton entered the night as the Ivy League leader in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just .412 this season.

• Ian Hummer chipped away at the gap between him and Kit Mueller '91 for third place on the Princeton career scoring list. Hummer now has 1,469 career points to Mueller's 1,546.

• With nine points for T.J. Bray, Princeton remained undefeated at 7-0 when Bray scores 10 or more and 3-8 when the junior guard has a single-digit total.

• Princeton had been undefeated at 6-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the field. Princeton's .511 clip was its highest in a loss since shooting .578 in an 82-67 loss at Penn on Jan. 30, 2012.

• Yale's .548 shooting percentage was the highest for a Princeton opponent since Northeastern shot .575 in a win over the Tigers in Jadwin Gym on Nov. 13, 2012.

• Yale had lost four in a row in Jadwin Gym, last winning in Princeton in 2008. Yale defeated Princeton in New Haven last season.

• Princeton's 16 turnovers were its most since committing 17 in a win at Kent State on Dec. 1, 2012. The Tigers had committed just eight Friday night against Brown.

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