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Men's Hoops Wins Opener, Tops Florida A&M 67-50

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 11/10/2013
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Denton Koon had his first career double-double Sunday against Florida A&M.
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Game 1: Princeton vs. Florida A&M


Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013
Jadwin Gym • Princeton, N.J.


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STAT     Princeton          Florida A&M
Points   D. Koon (17)       T. Kellum (11)
Rebs.    D. Koon (11)       B. King (9)
Asst.     J. Sherburne (5)  D. Bullard (2)
Steals   None                   J. Bradshaw (2)
Blocks   W. Barrett (3)      3 tied at 1
3 FG     W. Barrett (4)      J. Bradshaw (1)


9.1: Florida A&M's shooting percentage from beyond the arc, going 1-11. Three times last season, Princeton held opponents below 10 percent shooting from distance, including against Harvard (0-8, .000), Brown (1-12, .083) and TCNJ (0-14, .000), all at Jadwin Gym.



Princeton never trailed in the game, but the Rattlers threatened to cut the lead to single digits when they got within 11 at 53-42 with less than nine minutes to play. Jimmy Sherburne hit a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a 56-42 lead, and the Rattlers never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.


• Princeton improved its series record with Florida A&M to 3-0 all-time. The teams met two years ago in Tallahasee, a 76-61 Princeton win. Princeton won 51-43 in the teams' first meeting in 1992 in an Illinois-hosted tournament.

• Princeton's win was its first in a home opener since a win over Rutgers to start the 2010-11 season.

• Princeton has won back-to-back season openers for the first time since 2009-10 and 2010-11.

• Denton Koon's 17 points and 11 rebounds gave him his first career double-double. His 11 rebounds were a career high, topping a 10-rebound game at Florida State on Dec. 30, 2011 that went triple overtime.

• Denton Koon led Princeton in scoring Sunday after doing so eight times last season, most recently with 23 points at Columbia on Feb. 22, 2013.

• Princeton's 31 3-point tries were its most since putting up 35 against D-II West Alabama on Nov. 27, 2011. It was Princeton's most against a D-I opponent since putting up 31 against Army on Nov. 21, 2009.

• Princeton's 12 3-pointers were its most since hitting 12 at Dartmouth on Feb. 25, 2012.

• Jimmy Sherburne and Ben Hazel both started Sunday's game after missing the 2012-13 season.

• Four of Princeton's six freshmen made their career debuts Sunday, including Spencer Weisz, Peter Miller, Khyan Rayner and Steven Cook.

• Spencer Weisz started the game, making him the first Princeton freshman to start a season opener since Douglas Davis '12 and Patrick Saunders '12 in 2008-09.

• Princeton's 67 points were its most in regulation in a season opener since winning 71-68 at Central Michigan in 2009.

• Six players played 89 percent of the minutes Sunday, including rookie Spencer Weisz, senior Will Barrett, sophomore Hans Brase, senior Jimmy Sherburne, junior Ben Hazel and junior Denton Koon.

• Jimmy Sherburne more than doubled his previous career high, scoring 13 points. His previous best was six points, last vs. Brown on March 3, 2012.

Hans Brase's 10 rebounds were his most against a Division I opponent. He had 15 last season against D-III TCNJ.



Princeton will travel to Butler for a game Saturday at 8 p.m. to be televised on Fox Sports 2. The teams have met twice, but not for quite a while. Butler won both meetings, in 1955 and 1962, both in Indianapolis.

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