Princeton takes care of business at Brown, 66-51, stays undefeated in Ivy play

The Tigers dispatched the Brown Bears in Providence last night with a workman-like 66-51 effort to run their Ivy record to 10-0. The most noteworthy factor in this one was the reemergence of Pete Miller as a force at both ends of the court. The 6’10” senior saw his playing time decline precipitously in early February to single-digit minutes. Against the Bears, Miller was in the floor for 29 minutes while contributing 10 points and four rebounds.

Steven Cook and Steven Spieth led their teams in scoring with 17 points.  Amir Bell canned 13 off the bench, joining Cook and Miller in double figures.

The Tigers did not play with the same intensity as they did at Yale on Friday, which was just what you might expect in a back to back game against a second -tier Ivy foe. Solid defense again got the job done for Princeton, as another very capable offensive team was held under 60 points.

The Tigers clearly benefited from a week off after the five-games-in-nine-days gauntlet of last week. They will need a good week of rest this week before the brutal New York weekend that begins in Manhattan Friday and ends in Ithaca Saturday evening.  The current winning streak of 13 games is the longest for the Tigers since Mitch Henderson’s senior season in 1997-98, when the Tigers won 20 in a row. The goal for Henderson right now is grabbing the No. 1 seed in the Ivy Tournament, an objective that may well be within reach.

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