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Men's Basketball Keeps Ivy Run Going, Beats Brown 63-46

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/08/2013
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T.J. Bray led Princeton with 17 points Friday night.
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Holding Brown to three points over a period of more than 13 minutes in the first half, the Princeton men's basketball team propelled past Brown 63-46 Friday night in Jadwin Gym.

The Tigers improved to 11-7 overall and 4-0 in the Ivy League, their fourth 4-0 Ivy League start in the last five seasons. Brown fell to 8-11 overall and 2-3 in the league.

The win is Princeton's sixth straight overall, the team's longest winning streak since taking 10 straight from Jan. 5-Feb. 18, 2011.

Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth joined Princeton as winners Friday night, keeping the Crimson a half-game ahead of Princeton at 5-0. The Crimson and Tigers already have a three-game lead in the loss column over their closest Ivy rivals, as Brown, Cornell, Yale and Dartmouth are all 2-3, while Penn (1-3) and Columbia (1-4) round out the standings.

Princeton will host Yale tomorrow at 6 p.m. while Brown heads to Penn. The other two Ivy games that were due to be played tomorrow, Harvard at Columbia and Dartmouth at Cornell, have been moved back to Sunday due to Winter Storm Nemo.

Princeton also extended its Ivy League home winning streak to 21 games since a 2010 loss to Brown, the program's longest streak since winning 26 straight from 1996-99.

Princeton trailed 10-4 six minutes into the game, but ripped off a 22-3 run over a span of 13:16 before Brown had two baskets in the first half's final minute.

The Tigers ended the game outshooting Brown 54.8 percent to 38.0 percent and turned the ball over just eight times, more than making up for a 31-28 Brown rebounding edge. Princeton also held the Bears, the Ivy League's leader in 3-pointers per game at 8.1 per contest entering the night, to only one 3-pointer in 12 tries, further lowering what was already an Ivy-best 3-point field goal percentage allowed to .309 from .321.

Rafael Maia led Brown with a game-high 19 points and nearly had a double-double with nine boards, but Princeton finished with three players in double-figures. Denton Koon led Princeton with 17 points, going 3 for 3 from beyond the arc when he hadn't hit more than one in a game before and had one 3-pointer all of last season as a freshman. The three 3-pointers tried were also a career-high total for Koon.

Ian Hummer joined Koon in double figures with 15 points, while T.J. Bray added 14. The Tigers improved to 7-0 this season when T.J. Bray scores in double figures.

Postgame Notes

• Princeton improves to 40-5 against Brown in Jadwin Gym. The Tigers had won the first 34 meetings in the building before Brown prevailed in 2003.

• Brown remains the last team to beat Princeton in Jadwin Gym, doing so on Feb. 20, 2010. Princeton has won 21 Ivy League games in a row in Jadwin, the program's longest streak since 26 straight from 1996-99.

• Ian Hummer's 15 points moved him past a pair of alums on the Princeton scoring list, first past Craig Robinson '83 (1,441) and then Pete Campbell '62 (1,451). Hummer now has 1,455 points and has 91 points until he ties Kit Mueller '91 for third at 1,546.

• Princeton has shot better than 50 percent from the field in each of the last three games. Since resuming the Ivy League schedule following the break for final exams, Princeton is 73-138 (.529) from the field.

• The Tigers have been hot from beyond the arc as well over the last two games, going 16 of 24 (.667) from distance.

• The eight turnovers Princeton had were the fourth time this season that the Tigers had a single-digit turnover total. The lowest was four, against Bucknell on Dec. 22.

• Brown's .083 (1-12) shooting clip from beyond the arc tonight was the lowest for a Princeton Division I opponent since Monmouth went 0 for 11 against the Tigers on Dec. 16, 2009.

• Denton Koon has scored double digits in five straight games, a career long streak for the sophomore who had scored in double figures in back-to-back games only ince as a freshman.

• Junior Chris Clement hit his first field goal, a 3-pointer, since the Lafayette game on Nov. 24.

• With eight rebounds tonight, junior Will Barrett has averaged 7.6 rebounds per game over the past five contests.

• Freshman Hans Brase had a career-best three blocked shots.

• Senior Brendan Connolly has now has field goals in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 15-20 against Fordham and Rider.

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