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Princeton men’s basketball (11–14 overall, 3–7 Ivy) extended its losing streak to six games this weekend, losing road matchups to Cornell (10–13 overall, 4–6 Ivy) 107–101 (3OT) and Columbia (7–16 overall, 4–6 Ivy) 85–60 on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. Here are some themes that emerged over the course of the weekend.
This weekend, Princeton basketball will be racking up miles, with the men’s and women’s teams going on the road together. The men’s team (11–12, 3–5 Ivy) will be going to Cornell (9–12, 3–5) and Columbia (6–15, 3–5) on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. The women (17–4, 7–1 Ivy) will also be playing against the Big Red (6–15, 2–6) and the Lions (7–16, 1–7) on Friday and Saturday night respectively. This weekend will be pivotal for both teams as they make their final pushes for the Ivy League standings. Each team has four only games left after this weekend.
Halfway through its Ivy League conference schedule, Princeton men’s basketball has found itself in a rut.
This weekend will be a busy one for Princeton basketball. The men’s team (11–10, 3–3 Ivy) will be going on the road to Harvard (10–11, 5–1) and Dartmouth (4–15, 0–6) on Friday and Saturday night respectively. The women (14–4, 4–1 Ivy) are at home playing against the Crimson (13–6, 5–1) and the Big Green (12–7, 4–2) on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Both teams are getting into the heart of their season and will reach or pass the halfway point of their seasons by the end of this weekend.
The men’s basketball team conceded its second game to the University of Pennsylvania this season after a tough 82–65 defeat. Penn’s victory puts them at the top of the Ivy League with a perfect 6–0 record. Princeton is now tied with Columbia with a 3–3 record. The top four teams in the Ivy League will qualify for the Ivy League tournament.
Brandon Anderson went to the free throw line 13 times for the Brown Bears, but his only miss of the night from the charity stripe was the one that mattered most, and the one that will be burned into the Tigers’ memories for the rest of this season.
It’s that time of the year again for Tiger fans. Time to get pumped for basketball season and time to flock en masse to Jadwin to watch the Tigers take on the team that looks ready to grab hold of the Ivy League. Bring out your trash talking Facebook posts, your crying Jordan memes, and anything else needed to send the other team packing. This year, it’s time to throw your energy at none other than… UPenn.
Well, well, well, how the turn tables.
This past weekend was a great one for Princeton men’s (9–8, 2–1 Ivy League) and women’s (13–3, 0–3) basketball. Both teams went undefeated in their opening Ivy League weekend at home in Jadwin Gymnasium against Columbia on Friday and Cornell on Saturday. The women’s team won 69–47 over Columbia (6–11, 0–2) and 75–54 over Cornell (4–11, 0–2), while the men won 72–56 and 91–54 over the Lions (3–12, 0–2) and the Big Red (6–9, 0–2), respectively.
In a spectacular blowout of a first half, the Tigers roared up to the basket at Jadwin Gymnasium. By halftime, the team held a 34 point lead over Ivy League No. 5 Cornell.
Princeton opened Ivy League play on a disheartening note, but at least Tiger fans can use the weather as a scapegoat for the defeat.
Spending the holidays in the Hawaiian islands, the Tigers made the most of their trip in the tropics and came out first place in the consolation ladder of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Their victory on Christmas Day capped off one of the longest road trips in recent memory for the Tigers, who have won four of their last five and have evened their record for the first time this season.
This past Saturday, Dec. 23, the men’s basketball team clawed out a narrow 64-62 victory against Akron after a buzzer beater from junior guard Myles Stephens. After a difficult loss against Middle Tennessee that went down to the wire, Princeton rebounded to win its second match in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamondhead Classic.
With just under a minute left in the game, a three-pointer from freshman forward Sebastian Much gave Princeton a three-point advantage, breaking a deadlock that threatened to throw the game into overtime. A successful defensive possession gave the Tigers an opportunity to make it a two-possession game, but a missed one-on-one opportunity gave the Zips an opportunity to tie the game. Akron did just that, nailing a three-pointer to tie the game at 62 apiece.
Nevertheless, the Tigers maintained their composure. With just five seconds remaining on the clock, Princeton knew it would have to execute a quick play. Much took the inbound pass, finding an opening for Stephens under the bucket. A bank lay-up by Stephens sealed the game for the Tigers as the clocks ticked away.
Senior guard Amir Bell led the Orange and Black side with 16 points, shooting a remarkable 70 percent from the field. In addition to the game-winning shot, Stephens added 15 points to the Tigers' effort.
The Tigers will continue their season on Christmas day against Hawai’i. This will be the last game before the Princeton team opens Ivy League play against Penn at the Palestra on Jan. 5.
Playing its final home game of the semester, Princeton men’s basketball (3–6) earned a much-needed non-conference win over Monmouth (3–8) on Tuesday night. Princeton scored the final nine points of the game to cap off a 69–58 victory.
At 5–2 and 2–6 respectively, the women’s and men’s basketball teams have started the year very differently. Yet this isn’t very surprising, nor should it be reason for panic, when looking back on last year.
Continuing its tough non-conference schedule, Princeton traveled to the nation’s capital Wednesday night to face George Washington University. The Tigers kept the game competitive throughout, but ultimately fell 71-60, a story that has become a theme of the early season.
After last Saturday’s performance in South Beach against the Hurricanes, the Tigers’ winning percentage fell to .286. Now, with many games still left in the season – the Tigers have more than half of their non conference games left plus their entire Ivy League schedule – the Tigers have plenty of opportunity to improve their record. However, for the average onlooker of Princeton basketball, a 2-5 start for last season’s Ivy League champions would raise an alarm.
Princeton men’s basketball will face University of Miami this Saturday at 8 p.m. The team will compete at a neutral location in Miami, where the Tigers will have the opportunity to test an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent before entering Ivy League play in the New Year.
The women’s and men’s basketball teams play games back-to-back at home in Jadwin Gymnasium on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The women’s game against No. 25 Villanova will tip first at 5:30 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the men’s game at approximately 8 p.m. against Lehigh.
After facing tough opponents in a rocky start to their season, the men’s basketball team has managed to string together a pair of wins after an 83-76 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Tigers started the game strong, fending off a surge from the Knights in the second half to grab their second win of the season.