Princeton (2-2) vs. Presbyterian (1-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 24th, 4:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Convocation Center (7,156) -- Harrisonburg, Virginia. Television: None. Home Record: Princeton 1-0, Presbyterian 0-0. Away Record: Princeton 0-2, Presbyterian 1-3. Neutral Record: Princeton 1-0, Presbyterian 0-1. Conference Record: Princeton 0-0, Presbyterian 0-0. Series Record: First- ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers try to make it two in a row this afternoon as they close out the CBE Classic in Virginia against the Blue Hose of Presbyterian.
On Tuesday, the Tigers snapped a two-game slide by taking care of the Bucknell Bison in a 66-55 final in this tournament. The win was the second of the season for Princeton, the other being a season-opening, 78-83 overtime triumph versus Rutgers at home.
As for the Blue Hose, their trip to Harrisonburg has been met with only defeat thus far, the team dropping a 71-47 decision versus Bucknell on Monday and then following up with a 65-56 defeat at the hands of host James Madison yesterday.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, this is the first-ever meeting.
Princeton led by just four points at the break against Bucknell on Tuesday, but then the defense for the Tigers went to work and held the Bison without a three-pointer in the second half on seven attempts and limited the opposition to just 32.3 percent shooting in the frame, en route to the double-digit victory. Douglas Davis and Dan Mavraides accounted for 16 points apiece, the latter adding seven rebounds and four assists as well. Off the bench it was Mack Darrow with 13 points and seven boards for a squad that actually shot better behind the three-point line (.444) than it did from the floor (.429). Mavraides is the leading scorer for the Tigers after four games with his 15.8 ppg and his 5.5 rpg also have him among the team leaders as well. But what makes Mavraides so unusual is that he has been incredible from three-point range with 12-of-19 accuracy to help lift the program to an impressive 41.1 percent out of the gate.
The Blue Hose shot less than 40 percent from the floor in both halves against host James Madison on Tuesday, making it nearly impossible for the visitors to catch up and make a game of it versus the Dukes. Al'Lonzo Coleman did finish with 15 points and four steals for the Hose, followed by Pierre Miller and Khalid Mutakabbir with 11 and 10 points, respectively, but fellow starters Jake Troyli and Josh Johnson combined to make only 4-of-17 shots from the floor in the setback. Johnson's night also finished early as he fouled out with less than a minute remaining. Through five games the Blue Hose are being paced by Coleman in the scoring department with his 14.0 ppg, but he's the only player hitting for double digits at the moment. Coleman is also first on the glass with 7.6 rpg and has handed out 3.0 apg, but at the same time he is giving up the ball four times per game in turnovers as well.
With not enough scoring and little action on the glass these days, the Blue Hose as a group can't compete with a disciplined squad like Princeton.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 62, Presbyterian 54
11/24 10:32:54 ET