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Coach Sydney Johnson - 1/31/08.

Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson and editor Jon Solomon sat down at Jadwin Gym to discuss Princeton's first Ivy weekend of the season and to discuss the Tigers' return to the hardwood following their annual exam break. This interview is 12:00+ in length.

Thursday News:

FIU vs. Denver - 9:30 pm ET - ESPN+

Georgetown (17-2) decimated St. John's 74-42, holding the Red Storm without a field goal for most of the first half.

Richmond (10-9) was down one at Rhode Island with 10:37 to play, eventually falling 78-64.

Northwestern (7-11) picked up a much-needed 68-59 victory over Texas-Pan American.

Denver hosts Florida International later tonight.

The Town Topics has a story about the end of Princeton's long losing streak.

Because it is Full Ivy Schedule Eve, the Columbia Spectator previews Princeton.

Princeton recruit John Comfort scored a team-high 16 points as Fenwick dismissed Loyola 74-45.

Georgetown 74 St. John's 42.

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audio - coach john thompson III, jeremiah rivers, jessie sapp & vernon macklin


That's how long Georgetown kept St. John's from recording a field goal to start Wednesday night's Big East contest at Madison Square Garden.

The Hoyas obliterated the Red Storm 74-42 in a game that generated all kinds of jaw-dropping numbers.

St. John's turned the ball over on their first three possessions and nearly committed a shot clock violation the first two times down the court.

Justin Burrell's bank shot ended a stretch that spanned three media time outs, included 12 turnovers and saw 11 missed field goals by the home team. It is possible that this was the longest field goal drought to begin a Division I college basketball game in the shot clock era.

A sarcastic standing ovation from several St. John's fans was the closest thing to applause the Red Storm earned all night as Georgetown's lead was cut to 31-7.

If Burrell had not scored again from the floor with :33 left in the half, St. John's would have equaled Penn's record-setting solitary field goal from their embarrassing first half against Florida Gulf Coast earlier this season.

The Red Storm's assist-to-turnover ratio in the first twenty minutes? 1:13.

Georgetown went to the break up 41-14, bringing back memories of a 41-9 Hoya advantage at St. John's in 1982. John Thompson II's team then scored the first 12 points after intermission.

It only took 5:35 for St. John's to score in the second half on a Malik Boothe layup in transition.

When Patrick Ewing got free on the left baseline for a two-handed throw-down, the lead was at its apex of 39 and the Hoyas were more than tripling their opponent's point total with 15 minutes still to be played.

It was St. John's worst-ever loss in Big East play and the first time the Red Storm had not scored at least 40 points in a game since 1963. If Georgetown had been shut out in the second half, they would have lost - by one.

Backup center Vernon Macklin was the game's high scorer, recording a career-best 18 points on 8-10 shooting, including a lovely jumper banked off the glass when spinning to his left. Macklin continues to struggle at the foul line, but showed diversity and depth to his game not seen previously this season. Jessie Saap added 10 on the strength of three shots from behind the arc and Roy Hibbert had 11 of his own in 19 minutes of play.

Patrick Ewing Jr. started in place of injured Georgetown forward DaJuan Summers. Coach Thompson said following the game that he went to bed last night under the impression Summers would play but learned today from the team medical staff that it would be unwise for Summers to suit up.

Triple digits.

Ever wondered why there's a bright orange number that occassionally changes underneath "The Streak" on the right sidebar of this site? Well...

Friday night's game between Dartmouth and Princeton will mark the 100th consecutive Ivy League contest I'll have covered in person for There's no other individual - on the sidelines, at press row or in the stands - that can make this claim. Being a consistent, reliable beat reporter through both good times and bad times for the Tigers over the past eight seasons is something I'm very proud of and I could not have accomplished this feat without your support.

For those of you keeping score at home, Princeton has gone 63-36 in conference play during this stretch, with three postseason appearances.

See you at Jadwin!

Jon Solomon

Wednesday News:

Georgetown vs. St. John's - 7:00 pm ET - ESPN+
Richmond vs. Rhode Island - 7:00 pm ET - COX
UTPA vs. Northwestern - 8:00 pm ET -

Georgetown travels to Madison Square Garden tonight to face the Red Storm. We'll be courtside and will have postgame audio up later this evening.

In advance of the St. John's game, the New York Times profiles Hoya Jonathan Wallace and the Washington Post turns its attention to teammate Patrick Ewing Jr.

WZBN has a video package of nearly every interesting play from Princeton's win over Dominican. Can't figure out how to embed this footage on the site, so a link will have to do.

Richmond looks to hand Rhode Island its first home loss of the season.

In Evanston, Northwestern hosts Texas-Pan American in their final non-conference game on the season.

Tuesday News:

Zach Finley is Princeton's Honor Roll representative for the latest Ivy League Men's Basketball Awards.

The Princeton Packet reports on the Tigers' victory over Dominican.

Monday News:

Reports on Princeton's victory over Dominican can be found on, in the Trentonian, in the Trenton Times and at

The Trentonian also has a second piece on Marcus Schroeder adjusting to his new role on the Tigers.

Northwestern (6-11) was shut down by Illinois, 70-37.

Denver (8-11) also struggled offensively on Sunday, falling 71-33 at South Alabama.

Georgetown / WVU finish.

If you missed it on Saturday night, here is video of the final two plays from Georgetown's 58-57 win over West Virginia matched up with Rich Chvotkin's radio call. The Washington Post has more from Chvotkin on what it is like to call a game-winning shot.

Dominican pictures.

Pictures courtesy of Stephen Goldsmith.

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Princeton 60 Dominican 46.

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audio - coach sydney johnson, marcus schroeder & zach finley

73 days passed since the last time Princeton was on the winning end of a basketball game.

The Tigers' longest losing streak in program history came to a close on Sunday afternoon against Division II Dominican College. Princeton finished its annual exam break with a 60-46 victory over the Chargers.

Sophomore guard Lincoln Gunn was the game's high scorer, recording 13 points. Gunn connected from outside the arc three times.

Zach Finley filled up the box score from inside the paint with 12 points, eight rebounds, four blocked shots, four assists and seven turnovers.

Dominican's only player in double figures was Will Carty, who tallied 12.

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Sunday News:

Today's Game: Dominican (10-8) vs. Princeton (2-12)
Location: Jadwin Gym - Princeton, NJ
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
TV: Comcast
Series History: This is the first meeting between the two teams.
Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Princeton returns from their exam break this afternoon.

AP Photo/Jeff Gentner

Denver vs. South Alabama - 4:00 pm ET
Northwestern vs. Illinois - 8:00 pm ET - Big Ten Network

The Trenton Times writes about the Tigers' return to the hardwood.

Jessie Sapp's three point shot with six seconds to play gave Georgetown (16-2) a one point lead and Patrick Ewing Jr's blocked shot at the buzzer preserved a 58-57 Hoyas victory.

Richmond (10-8) picked up its first home win over a ranked team since 1990, blowing out #16 Dayton 80-63.

Northwestern travels to Illinois this evening.

Denver is at South Alabama today.

Around the Ivy League: First place Cornell (10-5 / 2-0) swept their season series with Columbia (7-10 / 0-2). The Big Red defeated the Lions 72-64 in New York City. Brown (9-7 / 1-1) evened the score with Yale (7-9 / 1-1), 77-68.

Saturday News:

Georgetown vs. West Virginia - 7:00 pm ET - ESPN
Dayton vs. Richmond - 7:00 pm ET

Yale vs. Brown - 3:00 pm ET
Cornell vs. Columbia - 7:00 pm ET - YES

Georgetown and Mid-Season Naismith Award candidate Roy Hibbert have a tough task tonight - winning at West Virginia.

It isn't any easier for Richmond, who hosts #16 Dayton.

Here's more on a California big man that has made an official visit to Princeton. I've had this name on my radar for a few months now. Good to hear the Tigers are still in the mix.

Princeton recruit John Comfort scored 19 for Fenwick in a 65-40 win over St. Laurence.

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