Men’s basketball (4–2, 0–0 Ivy) defeated George Washington University (1–7) on Saturday evening 73–52. The Tigers led for most of the game, including the entire second half.
Princeton’s junior center Richmond Aririguzoh earned the first points of the game with a layup in the first 20 seconds. The Colonials responded with a three-pointer from DJ Williams, putting both teams on the board.
The two teams went back and forth until the fourteenth minute when GW went on an eight-point run, bringing the score to 15–9 in GW’s favor. This six-point lead would be the largest margin the Colonials would hold over the Tigers all game.
Princeton responded by scoring seven straight points, with buckets from Aririguzoh, sophomore forward Sebastian Much, and a three-pointer from senior guard and captain Devin Cannady, bringing the score to 16–15. GW’s Terry Nolan Jr. then hit a three-pointer to bring GW to a two-point lead with nine minutes left in the half. Nolan’s three marked the last time that the Colonials would lead the Tigers for the rest of the game.
Princeton’s Ryan Schwieger, a sophomore guard, hit a jump shot to tie the game, and then proceeded to score back and forth with Cannady until the Tigers were up 26–18. Captain Myles Stephens, a senior guard, dunked on a fast break, capping the Tigers’ 10–2 run.
The Tigers led GW 33–26 at the end of the first half.
Aririguzoh was again the first Tiger to score in the second half with a simple layup. Junior guard Jose Morales followed with two successful free throws, bringing the Orange and Black to a nine-point lead at 37–28.
GW never got within more than six points of Princeton for the next eleven minutes as the two teams continued to add points, until GW’s Nolan Jr. hit a layup and drew a foul for which he subsequently made the shot, bringing the score to 48–45.
The now very close game had Jadwin Gymnasium heating up, with emotion from fans and the teams’ benches flowing freely. Thirty seconds after the lead was narrowed to just three points, GW’s Javier Langarcia slammed the ball on the court in anger after fouling Cannady. He was given a technical foul, and Cannady made the two shots alone in his half, bringing the score to 55-45.
Princeton’s momentum was obvious. With four and a half minutes left in the game, the Tigers had rolled GW with six additional points while holding off their opponents from scoring a single point — the board read 61–45.
With three minutes to go, Morales passed the ball to Cannady near the basket, who hit a flying alley-oop, dunking the ball into the basket.
The Tigers finished the game victorious, with a final score of 73–52.
“We’re really happy about this win,” said Head Coach Mitch Henderson. “We need to keep going forward — December is going to be a huge month for us.”
Next up for Princeton is St. Joseph’s University (4–4) on Wednesday night in Jadwin.