Men's basketball loses heartbreaker to ASU, beats Bucknell to win first game| December 1, 2019
Sophomore guards Jaelin Llewellyn and Ryan Schwieger each dropped 17 points as Princeton (1–5) picked up its first win of the season 87–77 at Bucknell (3–6).
Jimmy Sotos lead the way for the Bison with 20 points and Avi Toomer was right behind him with 19 points and seven boards. For the Tigers, first-year forward Tosan Evbuomwan played a large role with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The teams went back and forth in the first half, with senior center Richmond Aririguzoh carrying the Tigers with 11 points. Llewellyn struggled in the first half, going 1–7 from the field with just 2 points at the break and Princeton trailing 43–39.
The heat picked up in the second half, as the Tigers started off on a 28–7 run that saw them go up 67–50 with 13:06 to go. Llewellyn had 12 of those points, including two makes from behind the arc.
Bucknell answered with a run of their own, scoring 16 of the next 19 points to cut the deficit to four with 8:23 to play. However, that would be as close as they would get. Schwieger scored eight points down the stretch, including two threes, to close out the Bison and help get the Tigers a much-needed first win.
Princeton received a huge boost from Schwieger, who was playing his first game since the beginning of the season and finished with an efficient 6–9 shooting from the field. Llewellyn, meanwhile, found his game in the second half and was a big reason they were able to gain a double digit lead early in the second half. A wide variety of contributions elsewhere, including 15 points from Aririguzoh, were essential to the Tigers’ win, and Princeton will look to replicate that balance going forward.
The win came several days after Princeton suffered a last-second loss at home to Arizona State when Khalid Thomas hit a game-winning three with 3.2 seconds left.
Arizona State’s Remy Martin dominated the entire game, with his 33-point effort leading the way for the Sun Devils. Aririguzoh led the way for the Tigers with 16 points and 18 boards, while sophomore forward Drew Friberg chipped in 11 points and Llewellyn added 10 points.
Princeton started out strong, building a 26–14 lead in the first half after a layup Evbuomwan with 7:40 to go in the half. Arizona State would ramp up their attack, however, and the gap closed to 31–26 at halftime. Martin led the way with 10 points on 4–9 shooting at the break, while Romello White chipped in eight points on 3–7 from the field.
The second half was an absolute dog fight, with no team going up by more than seven. The teams went back and forth, answering each other’s runs. This time it was the Sun Devils who started strong, going on 20–8 run to start the half, taking a 46–39 after a Remy Martin fast break three. The Tigers would respond, going on a 17–3 run that was capped off with 7:55 to go by Friberg’s three that put them up 56–49.
From that point on, however, Arizona State took over. Down 60–54 with 6:19 left, Martin scored seven straight points to give the Sun Devils a one-point advantage. After a Princeton time out, Thomas drilled a big three to extend the lead to 64–60 with 1:10 remaining. Friberg immediately answered with a three over his own to cut the deficit back to one. Princeton would take a 65–64 lead with 20 seconds left after an Evbuomwan layup.
On the ensuing Sun Devils possession, Martin drove left, spun into the paint, and found Thomas by himself in the corner, who drilled the open three with 3.2 left. With no timeouts left, senior guard Jose Morales had one last shot that bounced harmlessly off the backboard to ensure the 67–65 win for Arizona State.
Princeton will travel to Philadelphia on Wednesday looking to build a winning streak against Drexel.