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Eight months after winning the inaugural Ivy League Championship in Philadelphia, Princeton Men’s Basketball returned to the City of Brotherly Love to face St. Joseph’s in its 3rd non-conference game of the season. This time, however, the Tigers failed to come away with a win, falling 71-58.
In a game dominated by defense, Princeton dropped its home opener to BYU 65–56. Princeton began to rally late in the game — at one point cutting the Cougars’ lead to 3 points with about 5 minutes to go, but were foiled by some late game stops and a Cougar offensive run. Junior guard Devin Cannady led the Tigers in scoring with 19 points. Meanwhile, junior Myles Stephens led the way on defense with eight rebounds. Princeton was able to hold most of the BYU offense in check but had no answer for Elijah Bryant, who had 22 points and seven rebounds and was the catalyst for the Cougars. The Tigers dropped to 0–2 on the season, but played well against to quality NCAA teams. The Tigers return to action Saturday at St. Joseph’s University.
Princeton men’s basketball (0-1) returns home after an opening game loss, 85-75, to the Butler Bulldogs to take on BYU (1-0) at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the Tigers’ home opener at Jadwin Gym. BYU and Princeton have played five times in the history of the two teams, with BYU winning all five, a trend that Princeton will be looking to break. Last year in Provo, Princeton played the Cougars in an extremely close season opener, losing only 82—73.
With the loss of multiple seniors last season, Princeton is looking for key contributors from last season to lead the team, as well as other players — both new and returning — to emerge as stars for the 2018 team. Here are some players to keep your eye on as the season begins.
Two hundred and thirty days ago as Devin Cannady’s shot rang off the iron and fell into the hands of the Notre Dame center, the door closed on Princeton's magnificent 2017 season. Now a junior guard on the team and central pillar of leadership for the Tigers, Cannady recognizes the Notre Dame game as a moment that has stuck with this team since last March and has fueled them in their preparation for 2018.
We caught up with senior basketball player Steven Cook, fresh off an Ivy League title win and NCAA Tournament game. He ended his Princeton career 15th on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,148 points and tied for ninth with 156 career three-pointers. Cook was recently recognized for his contributions on and off the court by receiving membership to the Allstate NABC Good Works Team, an award only 10 student-athletes receive in the entire NCAA, including Divisions I, II, III, and the NAIA. Cook will be travelling to the Final Four games with the Allstate NABC Good Works Team to take part in special events.
In an epic game to kick of the Round of 64, the men's basketball team can hold their heads up high, knowing they fought the No. 5-seeded Irish to the wire and only just missed a potentially game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds of the game. In one of the biggest games of Princeton’s history, the Tigers gave Notre Dame everything they had and unfortunately came up just short.
To top a historic season, the men's basketball team (23-6, 16-0 Ivy League) just concluded a victorious weekend at the Palestra in Philadelphia at the first annual Ivy League tournament. The team is now advancing to the NCAA's 2017 Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The Tigers are the No. 12 seed on the official bracket of the West region in the national tournament, scheduled to face off against No. 5 seed Notre Dame (25-9) for the first round of March Madness. The game will be played on March 16 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York.
Princeton’s overtime victory over Penn this afternoon in the semifinal of the inaugural Ivy League Men’s Basketball Tournament serves as an excellent example of why so many argued for an Ivy League tournament in the first place. Despite never holding a lead in regulation, the Tigers mounted an incredible comeback in a thrilling game to secure a 72-64 win. Coach Mitch Henderson ’98 agrees. “I thought it was a terrific basketball game,” he said.
On Wednesday, hundreds of Princeton students mobbed the Frist ticket office to get their seats at the Palestra this weekend. With music, endless T-shirts, and an overall mood that can only be described as “hype,” it became clear that Ivy Madness had officially begun.
With time winding down and the game tied at 69, Princeton needed someone to step up and score the decisive basket. Enter junior guard Amir Bell. Bell’s drive to the basket and floater with 1.1 seconds left put everyone in Jadwin Gymnasium on the edge of their seats. When the ball came through the hoop, the arena erupted.
The 2016-17 Princeton men’s basketball team has joined an elite group with their perfect 14-0 Ivy League record. After an 85-48 blowout win against Dartmouth (7-20 overall, 4-10 Ivy), the Tigers have completed their sweep of the Ivy League and extended their winning streak to 17 games.
With two games remaining in the regular season, there is little more the Princeton men’s basketball team can be doing to ensure its success. Not a single team in the Ivy League has managed to dethrone the Tigers this season, and Princeton (19-6 overall, 12-0 Ivy League) is currently riding an unstoppable 15-game win streak. On the flip side, Princeton is garnering little national attention for this feat, while the media focuses on the likes of Kansas, Villanova, and Kentucky — the usual suspects of men’s college basketball. In fact, only after winning 15 straight games did Princeton earn a single measly vote in the weekly national rankings.
This men’s basketball team is on a mission.
Women's basketball knew that if they were going to have a shot at winning the regular season title, they would have to steal some wins on the road. This weekend proved that they had the talent and mindset to go into enemy territory and walk out with a win.