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Bray's Career Night Leads Princeton to 71-66 Win over George Mason

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 11/26/2013
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T.J. Bray had 18 points and 10 assists without a turnover.
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Game 5: Princeton vs. George Mason


Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
Jadwin Gymnasium • Princeton, N.J.


Box Score | Highlights

  FGM-A 3FGM-A FTM-A Reb. O-D-T Ast. TO Blk. Stl.
George Mason 23-43 (.533)
3-11 (.273)
17-25 (.680)
1 7
Princeton 25-41 (.610)
6-17 (.353)
15-23 (.652)
0 6

  Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks 3FGs
George Mason Sherrod Wright (27)
Sherrod Wright (8)
Bryon Allen (6)
Sherrod Wright (4)
Johnny Williams (1)
3 tied at 1
Princeton T.J. Bray (18)
Bray/Brase (6)
T.J. Bray (10)
Hans Brase (2)
Hazel/Bray (2)

10, 0: T.J. Bray had 10 assists and no turnovers, becoming the first Tiger since 2003 to record 10 assists and first to do so against a Division I opponent since 1991. In addition to being a career high, Bray's 10 assists and 18 points gave him his first career double-double.

The Play of the Game honor goes to one at both ends tonight. After T.J. Bray made it a two-possession game with a bucket with 12 seconds to go, Jimmy Sherburne forced a tie-up that gave Princeton the ball and sealed the game.

• Princeton is 4-1 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. If it can defeat Bucknell Saturday, Princeton will be 5-1 for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

• This was the first meeting with George Mason in program history

• Princeton won a game against an Atlantic 10 opponent for the first time since Dec. 5, 2010 against Saint Joseph's. The only other game since then against an A-10 foe was last year's meeting with Fordham at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a 63-60 defeat.

• George Mason started slow from the field, going 1-5 over the first seven and a half minutes before ending the half shooting 45 percent (9-20) for the period. Princeton shot 64 percent (16-25) over the opening frame.

• A Princeton timeout with three minutes to go before the half sparked the Tigers to close the period on an 11-1 run, allowing Princeton to take a 40-23 lead into the break.

• T.J. Bray, who scored eight points in 21 minutes last Saturday in his first game back from injury, needed only four shots to better that before halftime, starting the game 4-4 from the field for nine points.

• T.J. Bray's 10 assists are the most for a Tiger since Mike Stephens '05 had 10 against Ursinus in 2003, and the most for a Princeton player against a Division I opponent since Kit Mueller '91 had 11 in 1991 against Brown. Adding in that Bray had no turnovers, it's the best assist-to-turnover ratio in a game at Princeton since 1999, when Mueller had 11 assists and one turnover.

• T.J. Bray's 18 points and 10 assists gave him his first career double-double. His previous career best in assists was eight, last season against Bucknell, coincidentally Princeton's next opponent.

• Princeton's largest lead was 17 points, at the half and again as late as 52-35 with 13 minutes to go. George Mason chipped away and used an 12-3 run over a span of four-plus minutes to make it 62-60 Tigers with five minutes to go.

• George Mason tied the game at 66-66 with 1:21 left in a game the Patriots had not - and would not - lead. Princeton scored the last five points, shutting out George Mason over the game's final 81 seconds.

• After tying the game, George Mason had just two possessions, resulting in a Sherrod Wright miss and a Bryon Allen turnover. Princeton's possessions after the tie resulted in a bucket by Hans Brase, a bucket by T.J. Bray, and a split from the line by Jimmy Sherburne.

• Princeton's 61 percent FG clip was its best since the Tigers shot .654 (34-52) at Dartmouth on Feb. 25, 2012.

• While T.J. Bray's 7-for-10 night from the field was outstanding, two Tigers were perfect from the field, including Hans Brase (5-5) (above left) and Pete Miller (2-2) (above right).

• T.J. Bray passed San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable '05 (253) for 11th on the career assist list, now with 255. Armond Hill '85 is in 10th place with 260.

The Tigers will visit Bucknell (3-3) Saturday at 7 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa. The teams are in the fourth straight year of the renewal of their series, with Princeton having won two of the last three contests.
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