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DATE & TIME: Friday, February 14, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pizzitola Center (2,800) -- Providence, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: Princeton 7-1, Brown 7-2. Away Record: Princeton 5-4, Brown 5-6. Neutral Record: Princeton 1-1, Brown 0-0. Conference Record: Princeton 1-4, Brown 4-2. Series Record: Princeton leads, 97-27.
GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers try to put together back-to-back wins for the first time in six weeks, as they challenge the Brown Bears in Ivy League action at the Pizzitola Center on Friday night.
The Tigers had opened the league schedule with four straight setbacks, but the team managed to finally break through against a woeful Cornell program last Saturday evening, 69-48. The victory snapped a three-game slide overall for Princeton, a team which opened 2013-14 with nine wins through the first 10 games.
As for the Bears, they currently reside in the top half of the standings with four wins in six attempts versus the rest of the Ancient Eight. Last week the team was held to a season-low 45 points in a Friday night setback at Harvard, but then rebounded with a 75-62 victory versus Dartmouth 24 hours later to notch their fourth win in five tries.
Princeton owns a commanding 97-27 advantage in the all-time series with the Bears. The teams are slated to meet each other on March 1 at Jadwin Gym in New Jersey as well.
The Tigers clamped down on Cornell at home over the weekend, limiting the Big Red to just 34.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 5-of-17 behind the 3-point line. At the offensive end, Spencer Weisz accounted for 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, followed by T.J. Bray and Steven Cook with 17 and 13 points, respectively, as well as five rebounds apiece to help lift the hosts to a 33-27 edge on the glass.
In the last three games the Tigers have had a different leading scorer each time out, but overall the top performer on offense is Bray with his 17.7 ppg, stemming from 55.8 percent shooting from the field. But more than just a scorer, Bray is also the top passer for the program with 83 assists, making sure his teammates are involved in the action as the Tigers generate 73.5 ppg.
Sean McGonagill and Steven Spieth both dropped in 20 points for the Bears as they cruised to the double-digit win over Dartmouth last weekend in New Hampshire. Also putting together a strong effort for Brown was Rafael Maia who registered a double-double consisting of 13 points and 10 rebounds as the team survived 38.2 percent shooting from the floor in order to land in the win column.
One of only two players to have started every game this season for the Bears, McGonagill is producing a hefty 18.1 ppg thanks to his impressive 42.0 percent accuracy beyond the arc. In addition to handling quite a bit of the scoring burden, McGonagill is also responsible for 4.2 rpg and 3.4 apg. Maia pitches in with 10.2 ppg and is tops on the glass with 8.5 rpg, the latter effort helping to give the squad a 5.0 rpg advantage over the competition.
History says this relationship is extremely one-sided, but that alone does not guarantee a victory for the Tigers. However, Princeton hopes to be moving in the right direction now and a win would go a long way in making that happen.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 69, Brown 66
02/14 10:40:44 ET
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