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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.

Princeton started the game on the right foot with a 10-6 early advantage. A 13-0 run, initiated by a three-pointer from junior guard Devin Cannady, quickly cemented the Tigers' upper hand. The Orange and Black would continue to build on the lead, gaining 27 more points before halftime. The Tigers would end the first half up 49-27.

The Tigers continued much of the second half with a sizable advantage. The scoreline was an emphatic 73-53 with eight minutes remaining in the second half. However, the Knights refused to give up on the game, putting pressure on Princeton. A 20-4 run put Farleigh within four in the final minute.

Clutch free throws bailed the Tigers out, ending the Knights’ comeback. The efficient offense would help Princeton hold off their opponents for a much-deserved win. The Tigers shot 66 percent from the field, the most efficient the Princeton squad has ever shot under head coach Mitch Henderson. 

Cannady led all players with 22 points, shooting a perfect 6-6 from beyond the arc. Cannady’s six three-pointers give him 159 for his career, moving him to eighth on Princeton’s all-time career list. Fellow junior guard Myles Stephens also put up a strong performance with 21 points, shooting 9 for 10 from the field and 75 percent overall.

The Tigers are undoubtedly looking to build upon this momentum as they look to replicate last season’s successes. Last year, the Tigers swept the Ivy League, going 14-0 to claim the undisputed title. They continued their success to win the inaugural Ivy League Playoffs to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. While a heartbreaking loss would see Princeton exit the tournament in the first round, their performance left a deep impression among fans.

However, the Tigers will have some adjustments to make. Princeton graduated six seniors last year, including Spencer Weisz and Steven Cook, both of whom played critical roles for the team on and off the court. Indeed, Princeton has experimented with three different starting lineups in its five games so far.

The Tigers continue the season with a home game against Lehigh in Jadwin Gymnasium at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.