Men's Basketball Leads Start to Finish in Win at Lafayette
The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Princeton (2-3) while extending Lafayette's (1-5) skid to four games.
Two Tigers set career-high scoring totals in the win, with Ian Hummer putting in 28 points and T.J. Bray adding 17. Hummer had reached 25 on three occasions, most recently against Northeastern in Jadwin Gym on Nov. 13. Bray's previous best was 16 at Jadwin Gym against Cornell last season.
Lafayette entered the game allowing opponents to shoot 59 percent from inside the arc, and the Tigers chose to exploit that rather than fire away from outside to the degree they had been through the first four games this season. The Tigers had been averaging 22.5 3-point tries a game, but against the Leopards, they attempted only 10 3-pointers.
Princeton shot 58 percent for the game overall, including making six of those 10 3-point tries.
The Tigers never trailed in the win, scoring the game's first five points and running out to a 19-4 lead with 12 minutes before the break. The lead reached 20 less than eight minutes into the second half and peaked at 22 midway through the second half.
Lafayette saw the return of its leading scorer on the season, sophomore Dan Trist, who had missed the last three games with an ankle injury suffered the day the Leopards faced Kentucky. Trist started and played 24 minutes, co-leading the Leopards with 10 points along with Tony Johnson.
Princeton will head to Wagner for a 7 p.m. game Wednesday. The Seahawks are 1-2 this season and will play at Albany Monday.
• Sophomore Denton Koon made his first career start.
• Ian Hummer's 28 points were the most a Tiger has scored since Douglas Davis had 31 in the College Basketball Invitational first-round game at Evansville last March.
• Hummer moved past Brian Taylor '84 into 11th place on the Princeton career scoring list, now with 1,255 points. Gabe Lewullis '99 is in 10th place at 1,277 points.
• Will Barrett was the third Tiger in double figures with 13 points, giving him 10-plus points in four of five games this season.
• All four of Princeton's consecutive wins in the annual series against Lafayette have been by double digits, all between 14-19 points.
• It was the first time this season that an opposing player did not score at least 22 points against the Tigers.
• Freshmen Mike Washington Jr. and Edo Lawrence and seniors Ameer Elbuluk and Isaac Serwanga (both joined the team this season) made their career debuts in the final minute. Sophomore Brian Fabrizius made his season debut in the final minute.
• The Tigers made a starting lineup change for the first time this season, with Koon sharing the backcourt with Bray in place of Chris Clement, who played nine minutes off the bench.
• Princeton's +16 rebounding advantage was its largest against a Division I opponent since outrebounding Towson by 17 on Dec. 22, 2010.