Well, well, well, how the turn tables.
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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.
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.