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Will Barrett led all scorers with 19 points against Kent State.
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Men's Basketball Gets 10th Win, Tops Kent State 73-68

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 12/31/2013
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Game 12: Princeton vs. Kent State

 73
(10-2)

Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, N.J.

 68
(9-4)

Box Score | Highlights

 

Princeton had 10 days to think about the loss to Portland that snapped its eight-game winning streak, and the Tigers made good on the chance to bounce back.

Leading by as many as 15 points before withstanding a furious Kent State rally, the Tigers swept their home-and-home series with the Golden Flashes, this one by a 73-68 final after Princeton won by 12 in Ohio last year.

Princeton in the first half stuck to what had been a winning formula so far this season, putting up 19 3-point tries in the opening 20 minutes and nailing six of them. But the Tigers' line of choice in the second half was a few feet closer. Taking 40 free-throw attempts on the day, its most in nearly nine years, Princeton stepped to the line 31 times in the second half and made 21, keeping the game just out of Kent State's reach.

Those trips to the line were magnified down the stretch, as Princeton's once double-digit lead had evaporated and became a one-point Kent State margin as late as 66-65 inside of a minute to go.

Princeton made 8 of 10 free throws after Kent State's final lead, and Hans Brase's 2-for-2 trip with 13 seconds to go made it a two-possession game at 71-67.

Kent State missed all three field goals it took in the final minute and went just 3 of 7 at the line in that stretch, including a missed front end of a 1-and-1 chance.



  FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A Reb. O-D-T Ast. TO Blk. Stl.
Kent State
22-56 (.393)
10-22 (.455)
14-22 (.636)
14-23-37
8
12 5 5
Princeton 18-51 (.353)
8-25 (.320)
29-40 (.725)
16-23-39
10
10 2 6

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs
Kent State Kris Brewer (15)
Mark Henniger (10)
3 tied at 2
Derek Jackson (2)
5 tied at 1
Devareaux Manley (4)
Princeton Will Barrett (19)
Hans Brase (9)
T.J. Bray (5)
T.J. Bray (2)
Hans Brase (2)
Will Barrett (4)


40: Princeton's 40 free throw tries were its most since taking 40 against Columbia on Feb. 12, 2005. Kent State had just 22 free throw tries in Tuesday's game. No one had more than Hans Brase, who was 9 of 12 against the Flashes from the stripe.


Hans Brase's free throws to make it 71-67 were big, but Will Barrett tipped a Kent State pass that T.J. Bray came down with, and with just 31 seconds to go, Kent State had to foul Bray instead of holding on to a crucial possession with what was then a 67-66 Princeton lead. Bray split from the line on that trip to make it 68-66, but the Tigers didn't trail again.

• Princeton is now 2-0 all-time against the Golden Flashes and is now 5-2 against the MAC over the last six seasons (2-0 vs. Kent State, 2-0 vs. Buffalo, 1-1 vs. Central Michigan, 0-1 vs. Akron).

• Princeton has now won 20 straight games when leading at the half.

• Princeton has now won seven straight games at home and 14 of its last 15 in Jadwin Gym.

• Princeton improved to 22-6 in 2013, closing out the calendar year.

• Neither team made a field goal over the last 3:53 and Princeton didn't try one after Ben Hazel's missed three with 3:19 to go in the game. The score at 3:53, Princeton's last bucket, came on a T.J. Bray layup and made it 64-63 Princeton. Kent State's last field goal made it 60-60, coming on a Devareaux Manley 3-pointer with 4:41 to go.

• Princeton kept its season-long streak alive of scoring at least 66 points, something not done through 12 games since the 1971-72 campaign, which was also the last time Princeton averaged as many as 74.4 points per game at this point in the season.

• Will Barrett's 19 points were his third-highest total of the season, behind 22 against Lafayette and a career-high 24 at Penn State. His seven rebounds matched a season high.

Hans Brase (above, right) had 15 points, tying a season high at a number he has reached four times this season. His career high is 17 points, set last season against Rider as a rookie. Brase's nine free throws today nearly doubled his previous career best of five.

Bobby Garbade (above, left) had an early look for the second straight game and played a season-high six minutes, tying a season high with two rebounds.

• Princeton's 15-point leads came on either side of the halftime break, at 38-23 on a Ben Hazel 3-pointer with 1:22 before the break and at 41-26 on a Will Barrett 3-point play the old fashioned way 51 seconds into the new period.

• Kent State continued its cold shooting over the last several games. Five of their six lowest field goal percentages in games this season have come over the last five contests. After an 8-1 start, Kent State has lost three of four.

• T.J. Bray climbed up the Princeton career assist list to tie Marcus Schroeder '10 at 295 assists in sixth place. Head coach Mitch Henderson is in fifth place at 304. The stat has been kept since the 1974-75 season.

It was the first time this season that Princeton had made fewer 3-pointers than its opponent and still won the game. The Tigers had eight threes and the Flashes had 10.

• Neither team shot well from the field, with Princeton at .353 and Kent State at .393, but the Tigers' clip was their lowest since shooting .298 in a loss to Wagner on Nov. 28, 2012. It was Princeton's lowest shooting percentage in a win since shooting .345 against Buffalo earlier that month.

• Princeton cut down its turnovers from a season-high 17 in the loss to Portland last time out to 10 against Kent State.


Princeton and Liberty will meet for the first time Saturday at 2 p.m. on Liberty's campus in Lynchburg, Va. The Flames are 6-7 heading into a game at Delaware Wednesday.
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