The final exam break is here, and the Princeton men’s basketball team won’t play again until Feb. 3 at Dartmouth. But, you can take a look back at the team’s weekend sweep of Brown and Yale over the weekend in Jadwin Gym.
Here are links to the recaps, postgame notes, photos and highlights from the Brown and Yale games.
To look back, we’ll revisit our list of five things to look for ahead of the weekend:
1. Can the Tigers continue their home-court Ivy success?
They sure did, making it 33-5 under Mitch Henderson in in home Ivy League games. It’s the best record in the league over that span. Princeton extended its home winning streak over Brown to seven and won back-to-back visits from Yale, which is the last Ivy team to beat Princeton at home. The Tigers have won 11 league home games in a row since that loss on Feb. 14, 2015.
2. Who will provide the scoring for Yale?
All four players who scored in double figures for Yale in last year’s split with the Bulldogs have since graduated or are sidelined for the season due to injury. Sophomore Alex Copeland, who did not play in either game against Princeton last year, posted a game-high 21 points, and rookie Jordan Bruner came off the bench to score 15 on 5-of-6 shooting. Bruner was also the only Bulldog player to take more than one FG try and shoot at least 50 percent from the field.
3. How will the rebounding battle against Brown shake out?
The Bears outrebounded Princeton 38-34 in an 11-point Princeton win in Jadwin last season after the Tigers had outrebounded Brown 41-33 in a 24-point win earlier last season in Providence. In this season’s first meeting Friday, Princeton won the glass 32-25 with no Tiger getting more than the six rebounds eventual Ivy Player of the Week Myles Stephens had. That was also good enough for a game-high total, as Travis Fuller, who also led Brown in scoring with 13 points, led the team on the boards with five.
4. Can Princeton cool Yale from the field?
Yale shot .528 from the field in last season’s Bulldog win in New Haven and .386 in Princeton’s win last season in Jadwin. In this season’s first meeting, Yale shot .389, just ahead of Princeton’s .387. While the Tigers won the game, turnovers (Yale 14, Princeton 9) and offensive rebounds (12-8 Princeton) helped Princeton take 62 field goal tries to 54 for Yale, which helped the Tigers win by eight despite the .387 clip.
5. How will Brown and Yale handle the Tigers from 3?
The Tigers came into the weekend averaging 10 of 27 from 3-point range, more makes and takes than most opponents for Yale and Brown had in their games this season. Princeton shot 12 of 24 from 3 against Brown on the way to the 31-point win and overcame a 1-of-15 first half (Princeton led Yale 24-22 at the break) to shoot 6 of 9 from 3 in the second half and pull away for the eight-point win. Princeton had shot below 30 percent from 3-point range only twice this season entering the Ivy League season, losing both of those games to BYU and Cal. Since, Princeton has dipped below 30 percent in two of the three Ivy games, shooting .158 (3-19) against Penn and .292 (7-24) against Yale, but winning both times.