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The real exams will come beginning Wednesday, but as far as early Ivy League tests go, the members of the Princeton men’s basketball team have passed.
Pulling away from Yale late, the Tigers picked up a 66-58 win over the defending Ivy League champions, improving to 3-0 in the Ivy while winning their sixth in a row. Princeton will now head into the first-semester final exam break and won’t play again until Feb. 3 at Dartmouth.
Princeton overcame shooting 28.6 percent (10-35) from the field overall in the first half and 1-15 from 3-point range by outrebounding Yale 23-21, including 10 offensive rebounds that led to seven second-chance points, and committing just three turnovers to Yale’s six before the break. Amir Bell took the final possession coast-to-coast and hit a buzzer-beater at the rim to put Princeton up 24-22 heading into the locker room.
Yale led by as many as five points after halftime at 40-35 with eight-plus minutes to go before Princeton went on a 10-0 run to gup up five just past the midway point of the half. Still, Yale took one last lead on an Alex Copeland basket with 3:04 to go before Princeton answered that with an 11-0 run that sealed the game. During that stretch, Princeton scored on four straight possessions with Bell scoring eight of the 11 points that gave the Tigers a 63-53 lead inside the final minute.
Myles Stephens led Princeton with 19 points as the sophomore reset his career best a night after tying it with 18 points against Brown. Bell’s 17 points were a season best a night after he scored 14 against the Bears to set what was then his season high. Steven Cook, with 11 points, and Spencer Weisz, with 10, joined Stephens and Bell in double figures, while Copeland finished with a game-high 21 for Yale.