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Men's Basketball Sweeps Weekend, Beats Cornell 75-57 (with Dunk Video)

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/18/2012
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Ian Hummer, T.J. Bray, Brendan Connolly and the Tigers are 6-3 in Ivy play.
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PRINCETON - Making it four straight Ivy League wins, the Princeton men's basketball team rolled past Cornell 75-57 Saturday night in Jadwin Gym.

The Tigers (15-10, 6-3) used a 10-0 run to break a 14-all tie with 12:35 to go in the first half and never looked back. Princeton led by as many as 23 points in recording their first four-game win streak of the season.

T.J. Bray led Princeton with a career-high 16 points, nailing four 3-pointers while also dishing out five assists. He was one of four Tigers in double-figures along with Patrick Saunders and his season-high 14 points, Ian Hummer with 13 and Douglas Davis with 11.

Hummer moved up three spots to 22nd place on the Princeton career scoring list, now with 1,068 points. Davis also moved up on the Princeton career list, passing current Oregon State head coach Craig Robinson '83 (1,441) to stand in fourth place with 1,443 points.

Cornell (10-14, 5-5) had just two players in double-figure scoring as Chris Wroblewski and Galal Cancer had 10 points apiece.

For the first time all season, Princeton shot over 50 percent in three straight games, starting off well by making its first five field goal attempts and ending up shooting 55.8 percent.

The win avenged an Ivy-opening loss for the Tigers at Cornell in which Princeton shot 36.2 percent and was outrebounded 42-41. Tonight, Princeton controlled the glass 28-21.

"I feel like the guys understood this was a game up in Ithaca where we really -- and all credit goes to Cornell -- where we just really did not feel good about how we played," Mitch Henderson, the Franklin C. Cappon-Edward G. Green '40 head coach of Princeton basketball, said.

Beyond the victory itself, the highlight moment came with more than six minutes to play in the first half, when Ian Hummer threw down a stunner of a dunk (video above). Rising from outside the restricted area under the basket, Hummer extended his left arm and slammed over Cornell's Johnathan Gray. It gave the Tigers a 37-22 lead, and Princeton held a double-digit lead through the rest of the night.

"That was a big dunk," Henderson said. "It seemed like he jumped, and then he jumped again. It was fun. I enjoyed watching his teammates be really excited for him. That was one of my favorite moments. It got everybody going. It was hard not to smile for him."

Hummer, who isn't a novice rim-rocker, said this one was at the top of his list.

"That was the best dunk I think I've ever had in a game," Hummer said. "Nothing (comes) even close to that. Let's just say that."

Despite the victory, Princeton did not gain ground in the Ivy League race as Harvard beat Yale and Penn beat Columbia. The Crimson remain with just one loss, while Penn still has two and Yale joined Princeton with three. The Tigers face a crucial game Friday against Harvard in Lavietes Pavilion, where the Crimson have won 27 in a row, the second-longest active streak in Division I behind Kentucky's 50 straight victories.

 

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