Ivy Hoops Online writer George “Toothless Tiger” Clark reflects on an instant classic in which the Princeton men pulled out a 93-90 overtime victory over Dartmouth at Jadwin Gym Saturday, including clutch plays by Princeton freshmen down the stretch and one of the most impressive performances by a visiting player that our Toothless Tiger has ever seen:
PHILADELPHIA — Penn’s season looks like it’s on the verge of spinning out of control after the Quakers delivered a dispiriting offensive performance en route to a 72-60 home defeat against archrival Princeton.
If you had told the average Quakers fan prior to the game that Penn (9-10, 2-3 Ivy) would hold Princeton (13-5, 4-1) to 40.4% shooting from the field, four made three-pointers on 25 attempts and just six assists on 23 made baskets, they would have told you that the Red and Blue would likely win by double digits.
Instead, the Quakers one-upped the Tigers’ offensive futility. Penn failed to make a single three-pointer on Monday, and, in fact, has not hit a single shot from long distance since Jordan Dingle’s four-point play opportunity with 3:29 to go in the first half of Penn’s Saturday loss to Dartmouth.
The backbreaking sequence for the Quakers came with roughly 10:38 to go in the second half and Princeton up two, 40-38. The Tigers’ Ryan Langborg freed himself from Penn’s Andrew Laczkowski for a decent look at a three and drained the shot. Penn forward Nick Spinoso was simultaneously called for a foul away from the ball.
Princeton was in the bonus, so standout freshman Caden Pierce calmly drained both ends of a one-and-one to complete the five-point possession. The Tigers’ lead was just seven points, 45-38, but it may as well have been 20, given Penn’s offensive struggles.
Most of the Quakeaways from Monday are ugly, so look away if you must:
Our George “Toothless Tiger” Clark reports on how the Princeton men pulled away at the Palestra to defeat Penn, 72-60, for a seventh consecutive time:
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Our George “Toothless Tiger” Clark on how a classic unfolded between the Princeton and Brown men at the Pizzitola Sports Center Saturday – setting up the game-winning shot from Kino Lilly Jr. and resulting in the Tigers’ first Ivy loss:
ITHACA, N.Y. — In a game between the two Ivy League men’s basketball unbeatens, something had to give. On Saturday, it gave in favor of the Princeton Tigers.
Princeton outscored Cornell 12-5 in the final four minutes to win 75-68 and take an outright league lead. Mistakes added up for Cornell as the Tigers found a way to get the Big Red out of rhythm on offense.
“[Princeton] just slowed us down, mucked it up a little bit and I don’t think we reacted well to it,” Cornell coach Brian Earl said. “Just some really dumb plays. Just let it get away from us a little bit — too much one-on-one.
Our George “Toothless Tiger” Clark reports on an Ivy-opening 69-66 win Saturday for Princeton (10-4, 1-0 Ivy) over Harvard (9-6, 0-1) in front of a raucous Jadwin Gym crowd:
Our George “Toothless Tiger” Clark reports on a Princeton men’s comeback fallen short at Jadwin Gym against Delaware Friday night and why there could be a silver lining in the loss:
Princeton faltered late in a 70-64 loss at Iona, dropping the Tigers to 8-3 with only one nonconference game remaining against Division I competition. Ivy Hoops Online writer George “Toothless Tiger” Clark breaks down how the Gaels outlasted the Tigers at Harwood Arena:
Our George “Toothless Tiger” Clark offers takeaways from the Princeton men’s 91-54 romp over a green Monmouth squad at Jadwin Gym Saturday night, including the impressive athleticism of rookie guard Xaivian Lee:
In his latest report, Ivy Hoops Online writer George “Toothless Tiger” Clark breaks down how the development of rookie Madison St. Rose helped the Princeton women triumph over the Towson Tigers on the road Monday and weighs in what’s driving the Princeton men’s success after they topped Lafayette Tuesday: