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Bray Reaches 1,000 as Men's Hoops Advances in CBI Tourney

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/19/2014
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T.J. Bray became the 30th Tiger to score 1,000 career points.
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Game 29: Princeton at Tulane

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(21-8)

Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2014
Devlin Fieldhouse • New Orleans, La.

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(17-17)


Box Score | Postgame video

Princeton advanced out of the first round for the third time in as many College Basketball Invitational tournament appearances, but it took the Tigers withstanding a late Tulane rally to win 56-55.

Princeton was ahead by as many as 14 points in the second half and by seven with 31 seconds to go, but the Green Wave, with a winning season on the line, whittled it down to the final margin on a Jonathan Stark 3-pointer with three tenths of a second left.

The game also saw T.J. Bray score his 1,000th career point, making him the 30th Tiger to do so. The milestone bucket came on a breakaway layup less than a minute into the second half.

Princeton overcame being outrebounded by Tulane 35-26 by slightly outshooting the Green Wave 42.9 percent to 40.8 percent on the same number of field goal tries - 49 - as well as benefiting from 16 Tulane turnovers to 11 for the Tigers.



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

20-49 (.408) 6-20 (.300)
9-12 (.750)
9-26-35
11
16 3 9
21-49 (.429)
6-19 (.316)
8-11 (.727)
5-21-26
14
11 3 8

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs

Jonathan Stark (20)
Drye/Hook (8)
3 tied at 3
Payton Henson (3)
3 tied at 1
Jonathan Stark (4)
Hans Brase (16)
Weisz/Miller (5)
T.J. Bray (9)
Hans Brase (3)
Pete Miller (3)
Clay Wilson (3)


9: T.J. Bray was one assist away from becoming the second Princeton player since the stat has been kept (1974-75) to record three 10-assist games in a season. William Ryan '84 had four 10-assist games in his senior season.


Clay Wilson had three big 3-pointers in a span of less than five minutes to double the Princeton lead from seven points to 14, the team's largest, midway through the second half.
 

   


• Senior T.J. Bray's milestone basket gives Princeton three straight classes with a 1,000-point scorer, the first time the program has seen that happen since Sydney Johnson '97, Steve Goodrich '98, Brian Earl '99 and Gabe Lewullis '99 reached the number.

• Princeton now leads the all-time series with Tulane 2-1 and has won the last two. Princeton won in 2004 in El Paso, Texas after Tulane won in 1993 in Oakland, Calif.

• Princeton is now 3-0 in opening-round CBI games. The Tigers beat Duquesne in 2010 and Evansville in 2012.

• Princeton will make its first visit to Fresno since 2003 and third all-time, also having played in an in-season tournament there in 1995. Princeton is 3-0 all-time against Fresno State, winning in 1986 in Indianapolis, 1995 in Fresno and 2003 in Fresno.

• Princeton is 1-1 in CBI quarterfinal games, having won at IUPUI in 2010 and lost at Pittsburgh in 2012.

• T.J. Bray's nine assists gives him 370 for his career, 11 back of Kit Mueller '91 for second place on Princeton's all-time list for career assists, kept since 1974-75. William Ryan '84 leads at 413.

• Princeton had six 3-pointers tonight to eclipse the program record for threes in a season, now standing at 270. The record of 265 was set by the 1997-98 Tigers.

• Princeton has now won six in a row, its longest streak since winning eight earlier this season from Nov. 20 to Dec. 20, 2013.

• With 11 points, Clay Wilson reached double figures for the fourth straight game, the longest stretch of his career and it equals the number of 10+-point games that he had in his career entering the season.

• T.J. Bray's nine assists were his most since getting 13 in the OT win at Penn State on Dec. 14.

• Hans Brase's 16 points were his most since he had 20 at Harvard on Jan. 31.

• Now with 1,007 career points, T.J. Bray could pass Will Venable '05 for 29th place on Princeton's career list next time out in Fresno. Venable had 1,010 career points.

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