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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 15, 6 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: John J. Lee Amphitheater (2,532) -- New Haven, Connecticut. Television: None. Home Record: Princeton 7-1, Yale 7-2. Away Record: Princeton 6-4, Yale 4-7. Neutral Record: Princeton 1-1, Yale 1-0. Conference Record: Princeton 2-4, Yale 6-1. Series Record: Princeton leads, 144-84.
GAME NOTES: The Yale Bulldogs have won five consecutive games, and will seek a sixth Saturday as they host the Princeton Tigers in an Ivy League showdown at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
Princeton has won two games in a row after suffering through a three-game skid. The Tigers defeated Brown on Friday night, 69-65, to improve to 2-4 in the conference.
Yale has won five straight and seven of its last eight games altogether. The Bulldogs are coming off a 69-54 trouncing of Penn Friday, which kept the Bulldogs' pace at 6-1 in the Ivy League, tied with Harvard for the top spot in the conference.
In a long-standing conference rivalry, Princeton owns a hefty 144-84 all-time series lead. The two teams will meet again later this season on Feb. 28.
Brown jumped ahead of Princeton at the half of Friday's Ivy League clash, 35-32, but the Tigers were able to battle back in the second half and swing the three-point halftime deficit into a four-point victory. T.J. Bray netted 26 points to pace Princeton, adding six rebounds and five assists in the victory. Both Steven Cook and Will Barrett chipped in 10 points for the Tigers, who shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the contest.
Bray has proven to be an exceptional scorer for Princeton this season, and is one of the top players in the Ivy League. His 18.2 ppg average tops the Tigers, helped by his healthy 57.1 percent shooting touch from the floor. Bray adds a team-best 88 assists to his resume this year. Hans Brase is second in scoring at 11.6 ppg, and Barrett checks in at third with 11.4 ppg. Brase leads Princeton with a 6 rpg mark.
Yale and Penn kept a pretty even pace throughout the first half of Friday night's action, though Yale took a 25-22 lead at the intermission. But the Bulldogs exploded in the second half, outscoring the Quakers 44-32 to grab the 15-point victory. Justin Sears scored 25 points to lead Yale, adding seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Armani Cotton tallied a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards, while Javier Duren chipped in 11 points. The Bulldogs shot just 34.6 percent from the floor, and went a dismal 3-of-13 from 3-point range.
Sears tops the Yale roster in scoring this season with a 15.7 ppg average on 48.7 percent shooting from the floor. His 7 rpg is a team best, along with his 1.9 bpg mark. Sears' 1.4 spg is second to only Duran's 1.5 spg. Duren checks in at second on the team in scoring with 12.8 ppg and a team-high 2.9 apg. Yale is averaging 68.4 ppg, but is giving up just 66.7 ppg this season to its opponents.
Princeton has had better overall success this season, and has one of the top scorers in the Ivy League in Bray. But Yale's hot streak and homecourt advantage might be enough to give the Bulldogs yet another win as they try to keep pace with Harvard.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Yale 70, Princeton 61
02/15 10:56:42 ET
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