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Princeton (16-10) at Brown (12-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 9, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pizzitola Center (2,800) -- Providence, Rhode Island. Television: None. Home Record: Princeton 9-4, Brown 7-5. Away Record: Princeton 7-5, Brown 5-10. Neutral Record: Princeton 0-1, Brown 0-0. Conference Record: Princeton 9-3, Brown 6-7. Series Record: Princeton leads, 93-26.
GAME NOTES: With the Ivy League title still undecided, the Princeton Tigers aim to stay in the mix as they clash with the Brown Bears on Saturday at the Pizzitola Center in Providence.
Last night the Tigers lost some ground in the battle for the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as they lost to Yale, 71-66, snapping a four-game win streak. Now at 9-3 in conference play, Princeton trails Harvard in the standings with the Crimson showing a mark of 10-3 after Friday's action.
Meanwhile, the Bears are caught in the middle of the Ivy with a record of 6-7, following a remarkable loss to Penn at home last night. The setback snapped what had been a three-game win streak for Brown.
The Tigers won the first meeting of the season between the teams, 63-46, a month ago which means the all-time series now stands at 93-26 in favor of Princeton.
The Tigers were paced by T.J. Bray who tallied a game-high 17 points, shooting 4-of-9 behind the 3-point line, but the squad still suffered the loss to Yale on the road last night. Shooting 4-of-6 on the perimeter, Will Barrett added 16 points for Princeton, followed by Denton Koon with 13 in the setback while the team was being outscored at the free-throw line, 16-9 on the evening.
Ian Hummer, who leads the program in scoring with 16.0, accounted for nine points, seven assists and five rebounds versus the Bulldogs over the course of 39 minutes of action. The only other double-digit scorer for Princeton at the moment is Koon who is generating 10.6 ppg by way of his 54.5 percent shooting from the field.
Brown appeared to be heading to overtime against the Penn Quakers on Friday night, but the Bears were called for a late foul that changed the entire complexion of the meeting and gave the victory to the visitors. With 0.7 seconds left in regulation the Bears were hit with a foul that turned into an opportunity for three free-throw attempts for the Quakers even though they were 40 feet from the basket at the time, and that happened with the gam being tied at 64-64, subsequently handing the win over to Penn.
The Bears were led by Rafael Maia who registered a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Sean McGonagill tallied 15 points. Matt Sullivan and Stephen Albrecht responded with 13 points apiece, the latter converting 3-of-4 shots behind the 3-point line. Brown held a 41-25 rebounding advantage and also outscored the visitors at the charity stripe, 17-8, but was crippled by 26 miscues which the Quakers traded in for 26 points.
After the devastating loss last night, the Bears will have a tough time getting their heads on straight in this one. It also doesn't help the hosts that Princeton has to win in order to stay in the hunt for the league title.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Princeton 67, Brown 56
03/09 10:36:34 ET