Hans Brase had a career-high scoring total for the second
straight game as the freshman's 17 points paced the Princeton men's basketball
team to a 62-45 win over Rider Thursday night at Jadwin Gym.
The win snapped a two-game skid for Princeton, which improved
to 4-6. Rider fell back to even at 6-6 with the loss.
Brase was the first rookie to start for Princeton since
Douglas Davis '12 made the last start of his freshman season on Feb. 21, 2009
The Broncs led only once, at 3-2 on a 3-pointer by Anthony
Myles, who went on to have a game-high 18 points. Princeton responded with five
straight points and never relinquished the lead.
Princeton effectively put the game away by going on a 15-3
run over four minutes after the midway point of the second half, turning an
eight-point lead into a 20-point advantage at 54-34 with less than seven
minutes to go. Princeton's largest lead came in the final two minutes on a
Brase dunk that put the Tigers up 21.
Ian Hummer and Denton Koon added 15 points apiece for
Princeton, helping the Tigers outshoot Rider 54.2 percent to 36.4 percent.
Hummer's seven boards paced the Tigers to a 36-20 rebounding edge.
Princeton will host 11-1 Bucknell Saturday at 7 p.m. Since a
three-point loss at Penn State on Nov. 23, the Bison have won six in a row,
most recently a 71-65 victory over Marist Wednesday night.
• Princeton owns the series lead against Rider 10-3. The win
allowed Princeton to sweep the home-and-home series after the Tigers won last
year 72-71 in overtime on a Mack Darrow buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the team's
first-ever visit to Alumni Gym in Lawrenceville.
• Rider was making only its second appearance in Jadwin Gym in
the building's 43-year history. The Tigers also won 69-57 in 2001 in Jadwin in
what was the series' first meeting since 1946. Rider won the next year 62-59 at
the then-Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton.
• Hans Brase had eight points against Fordham last Saturday in
what was a career high, following it up tonight with 17 points. It was the
first time that Brase led Princeton in scoring in a game.
• Denton Koon also had a career-high scoring total, topping
the 13 points he had last season against both Lafayette and Florida A&M.
Koon's six rebounds were a career high.
• Princeton's 16-rebound advantage tied a season high. The
Tigers also achieved that margin against Lafayette on Nov. 24.
• Princeton attempted only eight 3-pointers, their lowest
total since also trying eight against Elon in a 56-55 loss in Jadwin Gym on
Nov. 22, 2011. In the 2010-11 season, the Tigers were 4-0 when shooting eight
or fewer 3-pointers, the last time the team won a game when trying as few
• Ian Hummer's 15 points moved him into eighth place on the Princeton
career scoring list at 1,323. He passed Geoff Petrie '70 (1,321), who was a
classmate of Hummer's uncle John Hummer '70. Bob Scrabis '89 is in seventh
place at 1,365 points.
• Hummer's seven field goals moved him to 517 for his career,
good for sixth place on the all-time school list and moving him past Pete
Campbell '62 (516). Petrie is next at 530.
• Princeton leads the all-time series against its next
opponent, Bucknell, 10-4, but the Bison won the last meeting 62-56 in Lewisburg
last season. Bucknell's last visit to Jadwin Gym came in 1998.