Returning the favor from last season's opener in the home-and-home series with Elon, the Princeton men's basketball team defeated the Phoenix 74-64 Saturday afternoon in North Carolina.
Princeton has won three of its last four games after a 3-6 start, and all but one of the team's losses have come by seven points or fewer.
Elon fell to 8-6 with the loss, ending a two-game winning streak that began with a one-point win over Columbia. The Phoenix were trying to go 3-0 against the Ivy League this season, coupling their win over the Lions with a victory at Dartmouth, but the preseason-favorite Tigers prevented that.
Princeton scored the first five points of the game and led by as much as 16 in the first half, using the last bucket of Will Barrett's 5-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc before the break to pull ahead 39-23. Elon went on a 7-0 run from there to bring it back to single digits before halftime, but the Phoenix were never closer than six the rest of the way.
A 36-25 rebounding edge was a key difference in a game where other measures were close. Princeton had 15 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second-chance points.
Ian Hummer tied a career high with 28 points to lead all scorers and as one of three Tigers in double figures along with Barrett (17) and T.J. Bray (12). Jack Isenbarger led Elon with 16 points.
The win gives the Tigers a boost heading into Ivy League play, which opens Saturday at 6 p.m. in Jadwin Gym against Penn.
• Princeton evened the all-time series with Elon at 1-1 after the teams' first meeting a year ago in Jadwin Gym, a 56-55 Elon win.
• Ian Hummer finished with 28 points, moving him past Bob Scrabis '89 (1,365) into seventh place on the Princeton career scoring list, now with 1,381. Next on the list is current Tiger assistant coach Brian Earl '99 (1,428).
• Hummer vaulted into fourth place on the career list for field goals made, now with 538. He passed Geoff Petrie '70 (530) and Craig Robinson '83 (534). Next is former teammate Douglas Davis '12 (545).
• Princeton has won five straight first games of a calendar year, dating back to 2009.
• Will Barrett's five 3-pointers tied a career high. His 17 points were three off his career high of 20, set in the season opener at Buffalo.
• Hummer's 28 points matched his career high, set earlier this season at Lafayette.
• The Tigers shot better than 40 percent from the field for the seventh game in a row.
• Princeton's .571 shooting clip from beyond the arc (8-14) was its second best of the season, behind its .600 (6-10) output at Lafayette.
• Princeton's nine turnovers made it the third time in 13 games this season that Princeton has had single-digit turnovers, after eight against Rutgers and four against Bucknell.
• Princeton's nine steals were more than it had in the three previous games combined, against Rider, Bucknell and Akron (six).
• Princeton's last three opponents have shot better than 45 percent from the field.
• Eight 3-pointers tied a season high for a Princeton opponent, after Northeastern had eight back in November.
• For the first time this season, Princeton got to the free throw line more than its opponent, and did so by a margin of 23-6.
• Elon's one steal was a season low for a Princeton opponent and the fewest since Columbia had only one steal on Jan. 14, 2012.
• Princeton has outrebounded its opponent in three straight games, a season-best stretch.