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Men's Hoops Defeats Penn 70-65 to Close Ivy Slate

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/11/2014
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Game 28: Princeton vs. Penn

 70
(20-8, 8-6)

Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014
Jadwin Gym • Princeton, N.J.

 65
(8-20, 5-9)


Box Score | Postgame video | Highlights

Princeton reached 20 wins on the season for the fourth time in five years with a 70-65 victory over Penn Tuesday night at Jadwin Gym.

The Tigers were up by as many as six points in the first half before Penn whittled the lead away and entered halftime with a 2-point edge at 31-29. The Quakers took a six-point lead of their own as late as six minutes into the second half before Princeton went on a 9-0 run and never trailed the rest of the way.

Princeton finished with three players in double figures, including a team-best 18 points from T.J. Bray, a season/career-best 14 from rookie Steven Cook and 12 from junior Clay Wilson. Bray entered the game needing 23 points for both 1,000 career points and Princeton's first Ivy League scoring title since 1972, but the senior came up just five points short.


  FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A Reb. O-D-T Ast. TO Blk. Stl.

26-59 (.441) 5-18 (.278)
8-14 (.571)
10-20-30
15
11 4 5
22-51 (.431)
8-24 (.333)
18-27 (.667)
9-25-34
11
10 3 5

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs

Fran Dougherty (20)
Fran Dougherty (9)
Miles Jackson-Cartwright (6)
Miles Jackson-Cartwright (2)
Darien Nelson-Henry (2)
Dau Jok (2)
T.J. Bray (18)
T.J. Bray (7)
T.J. Bray (3)
T.J. Bray (3)
Pete Miller (2)
Clay Wilson (3)


3: Seniors who played their final Ivy League game Tuesday night. Jimmy Sherburne, T.J. Bray and Will Barrett all started and each played no fewer than 20 minutes. The trio is part of a four-member class that includes Chris Clement, who could not play due to injury.


Spencer Weisz's bucket with 12-plus minutes to go in the game was part of a 9-0 run that gave Princeton a lead it didn't relinquish. The basket was the last field goal of the stretch, which ended with a pair of Hans Brase free throws and a 47-44 Princeton lead.
 

   


• Senior T.J. Bray entered with the chance to become the 30th member of Princeton's 1,000-point club and win the Ivy League scoring title, all with 23 points Tuesday night. Bray came up just five points short, keeping Brian Taylor '84, in 1972, as the last Tiger to win an Ivy League scoring title.

• With the win, head coach Mitch Henderson '98 joins mentor Pete Carril's predecessor and successor, Butch van Breda Kolff '44 and Bill Carmody, as the only Princeton coaches to post 20-win seasons in at least two of his first three campaigns. Carril was one win away from doing the same.

• Princeton won its fifth straight game at home against Penn, marking the first time since 1998-92 that the Tigers have posted as long a home winning streak against their historic archrival.

• Junior Clay Wilson (above, left) continued his hot streak, now reaching double digits in points in each of the last three games. He hit double figures in four of the first eight games last season before returning to double digits last Friday at Cornell.

• Freshman Steven Cook (above, right) surpassed his previous season/career best of 13 points, set against Cornell on Feb. 8, with 14 tonight. He has four double-digit scoring games this season, each coming in a pair of back-to-back games. He had 12 points last time out at Columbia Saturday.

• Fran Dougherty and Darien Nelson-Henry again proved to be a potent combination against Princeton. Two months ago at The Palestra, the pair combined to score 34 points and grab 20 rebounds in a 77-74 upset win over Princeton. Tonight, the two scored a combined 38 points but grabbed 12 boards as the Tigers outrebounded Penn 34-30. Dougherty is a senior, but the Tigers will presumably see two more years of Nelson-Henry, who is a sophomore.

• Though T.J. Bray will be chief among Princeton's graduation losses, Princeton will return 46 of its 70 points from tonight, minus the 18 from Bray and three apiece from Will Barrett and Jimmy Sherburne.

• Princeton needed nine 3-pointers to tie the program record for 3-pointers in a season, set by the 1997-98 team. The Tigers had eight tonight, giving them 264 for the season and one behind the 265 made by the '97-'98 team.

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