If General George McClellan used his offense in the Peninsula Campaign the way Mitch Henderson deployed his at Hampton and Norfolk State, the Civil War might have ended in a much quicker Union victory.
The Tigers rolled out the heavy artillery on Sunday at Hampton, scoring at will in an 89-59 romp. Four Tigers reached double figures, led, once again, by Henry Caruso with 14. All 15 players on the roster saw action, and 12 broke into the scoring column.
Tuesday’s Tidewater skirmish against the Spartans of Norfolk State did not start well for the invaders. The Spartans caught the Tigers back on their heels, racing out to a 9-0 lead. Once the Tiger infantry began to advance order was quickly restored. By the end of the first half the Tigers were comfortably in control, 40-31. Shooting at a better than 50 percent clip throughout the contest, the Tigers led by as many as 21 in the second half. The Spartans closed the gap to nine against the Tiger bench. The final score was Princeton 83, Norfolk State 74. The Tigers took no prisoners during this campaign.
Caruso paced another balanced scoring attack for Princeton with 16. Three other Tigers reached double figures, including Devin Cannady, Myles Stephens and Spencer Weisz. No Princeton player was on the floor for more than 23 minutes.
Princeton closed out its out of conference schedule with a 9-4 record, just as predicted when the schedule was announced. The Ivy League, thanks to some excellent play by the Harvard Crimson, has once again reached No. 15 in the rankings of all Division I conferences, according to Ken Pomeroy. As a team, the Tigers are in the top 100, trailing only Yale among its fellow Ivy competitors. The most anticipated race in the Ivy League in five years gets underway Saturday afternoon at The Palestra. Fasten your seat belts …