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T.J. Bray led five Tigers in double figures, but it wasn't enough at Penn Saturday night.
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Quakers Top Tigers in Ivy Opener, 77-74

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 01/11/2014
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Game 14: Princeton at Penn

 74
(11-3, 0-1)

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
The Palestra • Philadelphia, Pa.

 77
(3-10, 1-0)

Box Score | Game Replay

Down by as many as 11 points, Princeton rallied twice in the second half, but Penn survived both Tiger comebacks and held on through one last Princeton possession to win the Ivy League opener for both teams Saturday night at The Palestra, 77-74.

Princeton was down 10 points with less than 14 minutes to go before storming back to take a one-point lead at 61-60 inside of eight minutes remaining. Penn answered with an 11-2 run, but the Tigers had one more comeback in them. Down eight with four minues to play, Princeton went on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 71-71 on a Ben Hazel basket with 2:13 left.

Princeton trailed 74-71 with less than a minute to go when Will Barrett stepped up to hit a corner 3-pointer, and the Tigers sent Miles Jackson-Cartwright to the line as he drove for the potential game-winning bucket. Jackson-Cartwright sank both free throws to put Penn ahead 76-74, and Princeton had 4.2 seconds with the ball at midcourt to tie or play for the win. The inbounds pass couldn't be controlled, however, and Penn took over to seal the game.

The Tigers entered the game 6-0 this season when being outrebounded, but the Tigers' 42-25 deficit on the glass was one of a few factors that ended up being too much to overcome. Penn shot 56.7 percent in the first half and for the game was as high as 61 percent during the second half before Princeton came back. Between the rebounding advantage and outshooting Princeton 49.1 percent to 43.1 percent, Penn was able to counter turning the ball over 19 times to just eight for the Tigers. Princeton's 3-point shooting, which had been so important to the team during the non-conference slate, didn't supply the Tigers enough offense as Princeton ended up making 6 of 21 from beyond the arc.

Princeton lost despite having five players in double figures, led by T.J. Bray's 19 points. Though Tony Hicks led Penn with 18 points, the Quakers' inside presence of Fran Dougherty, with 17 points and 12 boards, and Darien Nelson-Henry, who scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds after missing the last four games due to injury, was key for Penn.



  FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A Reb. O-D-T Ast. TO Blk. Stl.
Penn
27-55 (.491)
3-9 (.333)
20-26 (.769)
12-30-42
18
19 4 6
Princeton 25-58 (.431)
6-21 (.286)
18-24 (.750)
6-19-25
15
8 3 11

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs
Penn Tony Hicks (18)
Fran Dougherty (12)
Julian Harrell (6)
3 tied at 2
Julian Harrell (2)
3 tied at 1
Princeton T.J. Bray (19)
Brase/Koon (7)
T.J. Bray (4)
Spencer Weisz (3)
Will Barrett (2)
Will Barrett (3)


42-25: Princeton was outrebounded 42-25 against Penn, helping the Quakers to overcome 19 turnovers. It was Princeton's second-largest rebounding deficit of the season after Penn State outboarded the Tigers by 22 on Dec. 14.


Will Barrett's 3-pointer with five seconds to play kept the Tigers alive, tying it at 74-74 before Miles Jackson-Cartwright hit both free throws to put Penn ahead, ultimately for good.

   

• T.J. Bray was a point away from his fifth 20-point game of the season in just 10 games played. His four assists keep him one behind head coach Mitch Henderson, with Bray in sixth place with 303 on the Princeton career list (stat kept since 1974-75).

• Penn's 19 turnovers were a season-high for a Princeton opponent in a regulation game. Penn State had 20 in Princeton's OT win on Dec. 14.

• Penn's 19 turnovers were the most for a Princeton opponent in a Princeton defeat since Wagner had 21 giveaways in a 48-42 win over Princeton on Nov. 28, 2012.

• While Princeton has lost two of its last three games at The Palestra, it has won four of its last six there.

• Penn's win was just the second in the team's last 10 meetings with Princeton overall.

• Though Princeton's foes have shot better than 40 percent from the field in six of the last seven games, the Tigers are 5-2 over that stretch. Princeton's opponents shot better than 40 percent in three of the team's first seven games, and Princeton was 6-1 over those seven.

• Penn's nine 3-point attempts were the fewest for a Princeton opponent this season.

• The loss was Princeton's second this season by three points or fewer.

• Princeton's opponents have outshot the Tigers from the field in four straight contests and six of the last seven, despite Princeton's going 5-2 during that stretch.

• Tonight was just the second time this season that Princeton's opponent had more assists. Butler was the other such game.

Denton Koon's (above, left) 10 points were his most in a month, since scoring 14 at Rutgers on Dec. 11.

• After being a basket away in three straight games, Spencer Weisz (above, right) cracked the 10-point margin for the first time since scoring 12 against Pacific on Dec. 20.

• Princeton had five players in double figures for the first time in regulation this season (also at Penn State in OT) and for the first time since Dec. 22, 2012 at Bucknell.

• T.J. Bray is averaging 17.4 points per game and would be second in the Ivy League (Sean McGonagill, Brown, 18.7 ppg) if he had played in 75 percent of Princeton's games. He would be able to meet that threshold by playing in Princeton's next two games.


Princeton and Kean will get together once Princeton's finals break is complete. The teams' first meeting will come Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. in Jadwin Gym.
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