Princeton (9-1) vs. Portland (7-4)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 21, 11 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Arena & Equestrian Center (4,600) -- Las Vegas, Nevada.
Television: None. Home Record: Princeton 4-0, Portland 5-2. Away Record:
Princeton 2-1, Portland 1-2. Neutral Record: Princeton 3-0, Portland 1-0.
Conference Record: Princeton 0-0, Portland 0-0. Series Record: First-ever
GAME NOTES: In the finale of the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic the
Princeton Tigers will take on the Portland Pilots at the Arena & Equestrian
Center in Las Vegas.
Princeton certainly impressed in its first bout of the two-day event. The
Tigers matched up with Pacific, and though both teams were 8-1 entering play,
it didn't look like it as Princeton earned an 83-58 victory. The win was the
eighth straight for Mitch Henderson's squad, which waits to face Kent State
on Dec. 31 after this contest.
In the first day of the event, the Pilots routed Bradley, 74-53. The win
allowed Portland to bounce back from a 72-69 loss to Montana State and earn
the fourth win in the last five games. The Pilots are now 7-4 overall as they
prepare for their West Coast Conference opener against San Francisco next.
This will be the first-ever matchup between Princeton and Portland.
A wide margin in scoring from 3-point range keyed Princeton to victory over
Pacific. T.J. Bray knocked down four of 18 3-pointers for the Ivy League
Tigers, while Pacific had just three shots fall from beyond the arc.
Brady (15 ppg, 7.2 apg) is the leader on a team that has the benefit of five
double-figurer scorers. The 6-foot-5 guard is also the top distributor and
shoots efficiently from 3-point range (.438) and from the floor overall
(.489). Hans Brase (12.1 ppg) also shoots better than 40 percent from 3-point
range, though he had just a single triple, while scoring 13 points against
Pacific. Denton Koon (11.7 ppg), Will Barrett (11.1 ppg) and Ben Hazel (10.8
ppg) are all helping the Tigers' balanced attack. As a team the Tigers are
scoring 73.1 points per game and shooting 45.1 percent from the floor.
Although they led 28-23 at halftime, the Pilots really pulled away in the
second half. During the period they managed to connect on 64 percent of their
field-goal tries. Portland finished the game with a 24-9 advantage in points
off turnovers, while getting a game-high 18 points from Ryan Nicholas.
Normally Kevin Bailey (16.7 ppg) is the man leading the way in terms of points
scored. The 6-foot-5 junior had an off night against Bradley though, netting
just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting. Luckily for the Pilots both Nicholas
(13.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg) and Thomas van der Mars (13 ppg, 7.2 rpg) are also solid
scorers. In the win over the Braves, van der Mars tallied 15 points and eight
rebounds. Portland is netting 79.6 points per game and shooting a solid 45.8
percent from the floor.
Although they are unlikely to erupt from 3-point range like they did on
Friday, the balanced Tigers are also unlikely to fall to Portland.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 79, Portland 71
12/21 11:17:04 ET
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