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Men's Basketball Opens Ivy Play With Win Over Penn

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 01/12/2013
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T.J. Bray had a career-high 23 points against Penn.
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Getting a career-high 23 points from junior T.J. Bray, the Princeton men's basketball team beat rival Penn 65-53 Saturday night in Jadwin Gym to open Ivy League play.

Princeton pulled back to .500 on the season at 7-7, now having won four of its last five games. Penn fell to 2-13 on the season overall and ran its losing skid to eight games.

The Quakers scored the game's first basket on a 3-pointer by Greg Louis just before two minutes were gone, but the Tigers followed that with an 11-1 run and never trailed. Princeton's lead got as large as 20 with a little more than three minutes gone in the second half on one of Bray's six three-pointers, a season-high total for any Princeton player.

It was the fourth time in his career, and second time this season including the Kent State game on Dec. 1, that Bray has led the Tigers in scoring. The win gave Princeton its 18th straight Ivy League home victory, the program's longest such streak since 1999.

The victory also made the Princeton Class of 2013, led tonight by 13 points from Ian Hummer and an eight-point effort off the bench from Mack Darrow, the first class since 1992 to sweep four games from Penn in Jadwin Gym. The Classes of 1991 and 1992 were the only two previously to do so in the four-year eligibility era.

Penn snapped Princeton's four-game streak of outrebounding their opponents, edging Princeton 33-32 in that category, and 11 offensive rebounds led to 12 second-chance points for the Quakers.

Princeton's starters carried the load for the Tigers, scoring 57 of the team's 65 points except for the eight from Darrow. It was the opposite for Penn, which saw both of its double-digit scorers, Tony Hicks (16) and Darien Nelson-Henry (11) come off the bench and had no starter score more than six points.

Postgame notes

• Penn leads the long history with Princeton 123-104 now after the 227th meeting, but Princeton has won seven of the last eight meetings.

• Princeton has won five of its last six Ivy League openers. The Tigers have won their last four Ivy League openers that occurred in Jadwin Gym.

• Junior Will Barrett had a career-high 10 rebounds just missing his first career double-double (nine points).

• Princeton is 5-0 when T.J. Bray scores double-digit points.

• The Tigers have shot at least 40 percent from the field in each of the last eight games.

• Princeton tied a season high with 11 3-pointers (Bucknell Dec. 22).

• Princeton has had 17 steals over the last two games, its most over a two-game span since getting a combined 20 at Wagner and Kent State Nov. 28-Dec. 1.

• T.J. Bray's previous career high was 17 at Lafayette on Nov. 24.

• Ian Hummer is now at 1,394 points for his career, good for seventh on the Princeton career list. Brian Earl '99, a current assistant coach, is in sixth at 1,428 points.

• Bray's six 3-pointers were the most for any Tiger since Douglas Davis '12 six in his final game last March 19 at Penn. Bray's six threes also beat his previous career best by two.

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