On Saturday, Jan. 4, junior guard Ryan Schwieger had 27 points, sophomore guard Jaelin Llewellyn had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and junior center Richmond Aririguzoh put up 15 points and 10 boards as Princeton (5–8, 1–0 Ivy League) opened Ivy League play with a 78–64 win at Penn (7–5, 0–1). The Tigers were in control throughout, as they never trailed. For the Quakers, Jordan Dingle lead the way with 21 points, and Devon Goodman chipped in 16 points, five boards, and seven assists.
Princeton started strong, jumping out to a double digit lead just 9:12 into the game. Penn would close the gap to four with 3:48 to go in the half, but a 10–2 run to close the half would put the Tigers up 39–27 at the break. Schwieger played a huge run during that run, scoring seven of the Tigers’ ten points for a total of 16 in the first half.
The second half was closer than the first, but the Quakers were unable to close the gap. The Tigers got two quick layups out of the gate from Aririguzoh and sophomore guard Ethan Wright to get the lead up to 16. The teams would trade baskets for the majority of the second half until the Tigers put together a 14–3 run, capped off by first-year forward Tosan Evbuomwan’s layup with 6:37 left, to extend the lead to 21. The run essentially put the game out of reach for Penn, who would close the gap to 14 by the final buzzer, but it was too little, too late. The Tigers held on to start off the Ivy League season on a high note.
The major difference in this game was scoring efficiency, as Princeton significantly out-shot Penn from the field. The Tigers were able to convert 53.7 percent of their field goal attempts, while the Quakers only shot 36.6 percent. Princeton has rebounded from its 1–7 start to the season, winning four of its last five games. Schwieger has been a catalyst in those five games, averaging 17 points a game, and his 27 points against Penn represented a career high.
Princeton has now won three consecutive games against Penn, dating back to last season. The Tigers will look to extend that streak to four as they face the Quakers Friday at home in their final meeting of the regular season.