The Tigers’ second Division I tilt, a home contest against Fairleigh Dickinson Wednesday, ended in a depressingly similar way to last week’s game at Lehigh.
Princeton held a 56-53 advantage at the 9:12 mark of the second period. The Tigers would not lead again. FDU went on a 20-7 run over the next eight minutes, coasting home with a convincing 77-66 road win. Tiger skipper Mitch Henderson alluded to the game as a “second punch in the face” for his club, per the Trentonian. For the second year in a row, the Knights have outscored the Tigers by 15 in the second stanza, although last year’s 22-point halftime advantage saved the Tigers.
The game started promisingly for Princeton, as Devin Cannady returned to the starting lineup, appearing to have recovered completely from what was described as a “high hamstring pull.” Cannady hit his first four threes from NBA range. His 15 points sent the home team into the locker room with a 34-30 lead.
Once again, the Tigers’ defense collapsed after the intermission, surrendering 47 points. Cold shooting continues to plague the Tigers, particularly from beyond the arc, although a 7-for-12 start was encouraging. After the break, however, Princeton shot 0-for-9. The Knights, on the other hand, hit 8-for-15 in the second half, 12-for-21 for the game. FDU’s 15-point margin on three-pointers more than made the difference.
Cannady’s 21 points and seven rebounds were high for the Tigers. Myles Stephens helped with 18 points and four caroms. Otherwise, no one distinguished himself. Junior center Richmond Aririguzoh was severely limited in playing time by his continuing proclivity to commit personal fouls. He was disqualified after a disappointing 10 minutes of action. His fellow big man Will Gladson has been ineffective, evidently due to the effects of leg injuries dating back to last season. The freshman class has not shown up at this point. Drew Friberg, the sharpshooter from State College, Pa., failed to connect on seven three-point attempts, an especially rough Jadwin Dl debut with his parents looking on.
Jaelin Llewellyn observed the action once again in street clothes on the bench. His arrival remains a mystery. But it is impossible to assume that he will make enough of a difference to propel the Tigers into contention in an historically deep Ivy League.
The Tigers are 1-0 vs. Dlll opponents, and 0-2 in Dl. When it was suggested at courtside that Princeton might be a top 10 Dlll team, the Philly scribe in attendance opined that he was not sure.
Princeton returns to action at Monmouth on Saturday needing to play a good game, regardless of the outcome. Henderson sent 13 players into action last night, obviously searching for a spark. He has not found one yet.