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Men's Hoops Puts Roadblock in Yale's Title Pursuit

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/28/2014
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T.J. Bray led Princeton with 19 points tonight.
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Game 24: Princeton vs. Yale

(16-8, 4-6)

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
Jadwin Gym • Princeton, N.J.

(14-11, 8-3)

Box Score | Postgame video | Highlights

In a game Yale needed to stay just a game back of Harvard as the Ivy League race draws to a close, Princeton stepped in and stopped the Bulldogs in their pursuit of their first Ivy title since 1962 with a 57-46 win Friday night in Jadwin Gym.

Yale never led by more than four, and in the second half, the Bulldogs led by only one point in the period's early minutes. It was tied at 36-36 when Princeton went on a 10-0 run to take a 10-point lead with six minutes left in the game, and the Bulldogs got no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

New Jersey native Justin Sears scored 19 of his game-high 22 points in the first half for Yale, while Princeton's T.J. Bray scored 12 of his team-high 19 after the break.

  FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A Reb. O-D-T Ast. TO Blk. Stl.
  15-51 (.294)
2-12 (.167)
14-18 (.778)
16 7 6
16-49 (.327)
7-27 (.259)
18-23 (.783)
10 8 8

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs
Justin Sears (22)
Justin Sears (9)
Javier Duren (4)
Javier Duren (3)
Justin Sears (3)
Pritchard/Salafia (1)
T.J. Bray (19)
Brase/Weisz (7)
Spencer Weisz (3)
Ben Hazel (3)
Weisz/Miller (2)
Bray/Weisz (2)

.207: Princeton allowed Yale to shoot just 20.7 percent in the second half, making just 6 of 29 field goal attempts. The Bulldogs had shot .409 from the field in the first half.


Will Barrett hit a 3-pointer with 6:03 to play in the game that capped a 10-0 run to break a 36-36 tie and give Princeton a 10-point lead that Yale never was able to overcome.

Head coach Mitch Henderson could still become just the third coach in program history to win at least 20 games in two of his first three seasons. The only other coaches to do that are Butch van Breda Kolff '44 and Bill Carmody.

• Princeton has a chance to finish ahead of where it was picked in the Ivy preseason poll. Right now, Princeton is 2 1/2 games back of Columbia and Brown, who are tied for third at 7-4 in league play. Princeton still has to face each of those teams.

T.J. Bray (above, left) scored 19 points to reach 910 for his career. He'd need to average 22.5 points per game over the final four to reach 1,000.

• Spencer Weisz (above, right) grabbed seven rebounds tonight, giving him 109 for the season. If he gets 10 more rebounds, he'd pass teammate Hans Brase, who had 118 last year, and would have the most rebounds for a Princeton freshman since Chris Young '02 had 160 in 1999.

• Clay Wilson hit a 3-pointer tonight, giving him points in back-to-back games in which he has appeared for the first time since Nov. 10 and Nov. 23, earlier this season against Florida A&M and Rice.

• Spencer Weisz has 24 rebounds over the last three games, his highest 3-game total of the season.

• Princeton avenged a 3-game losing streak against Yale, losing twice in New Haven and once at home. The home loss last season snapped a 21-game home Ivy League winning streak that dated from 2010.

• Yale's 16 turnovers were just three of the team's high of 19, set in its win over Harvard two weekends ago. Princeton scored 19 points off those turnovers.

Princeton will host Brown (15-10, 7-4) Saturday at 6 p.m. The Bears defeated Penn tonight 76-67 in Philadelphia.
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