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New Year's Eve News:

Northwestern vs. Penn State - 12:00 pm ET - ESPN2
Richmond vs. VMI - 7:00 pm ET - MASN

Quinnipiac vs. Cornell - 1:00 pm ET
Harvard vs. William & Mary - 1:00 pm ET

In addition to our recap, write-ups of last night's loss to Lafayette can be found on, in the Express Times and on

Northwestern kicks off Big Ten play at high noon at Penn State.

Richmond closes the year running and gunning versus VMI.

Princeton recruit Brendan Connolly was named MVP of the Ryan Christmas Tournament.

Will Barrett had 10 as CB South topped Council Rock North in the championship of the Athletes Helping Athletes Tournament.

The Schuylkill 16 for week seven was released yesterday. Princeton slipped back into 14th place.

Around the Ivy League: Yale (2-8) was edged by Hampton, 58-56. Dartmouth (2-9) fell by 31 at UC Davis. Penn (2-7) picked up their second win, 78-67 over Campbell.

Lafayette 54 Princeton 53.

Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson:

Postgame audio - Dan Mavraides:

Trailing by one on the final possession of the night, with the clock dwindling down to single digits, Princeton’s Dan Mavraides drove to his left from the three point line and got his man in the air with a pump fake, setting up a clean look at an angled nine foot jumper. The shot did not connect, but Mavriades still had a tick to curl into the paint and push up a second shot between two Lafayette defenders from just inside the free throw line.

This high jumper came up well short of the rim, the referees did not stop play to whistle a reach-in foul and time expired on Princeton’s sixth straight loss, a 54-53 decision.

Tiger head coach Sydney Johnson waved his open hands towards the officiating crew in dismay before walking across the floor to shake hands with victorious Lafayette coach Fran O’Hanlon.

“We came off looking for a shot for [Doug Davis] off a high ball screen to see if Pavel [Buczak] could roll and get an easy layup,” said Mavraides of his team’s last offensive series. “[Davis] swung it to me, the clock was ticking and I took a pull-up jump shot that I know I can make and it didn’t fall this time.”

Mavraides and junior center Pawel Buczak each tallied 11 for Princeton in defeat.

Lafayette’s Michael Gruner, who had missed six games this season with a thigh contusion, led all scorers with 15, all but three coming in the second half.

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Tuesday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (2-7 / 0-0) vs. Lafayette (3-8 / 0-0)
Location: Kirby Sports Center - Easton, PA
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Princeton leads 43-17.
Last meeting: Lafayette 76 Princeton 71 (OT) - 1/9/08.

Princeton Lafayette
0-4 Home Record 2-3
2-3 Away Record 1-5
0-0 Neutral Record 0-0
302 RPI 281
308 Sagarin 305
267 Pomeroy 296
56.3 Points / Game 68.8
60.8 Points Allowed / Game 77.5
.415 FG% .425
.717 FT% .708
.353 3PT FG% .332
33.2 Rebounds / Game 33.4
10.0 Off. Rebounds / Game         9.6
10.6 Assists / Game 14.2
15.8 Turnovers / Game 18.0
3.0 Blocks / Game 1.8
Davis: 14.6 Points Brown: 15.4
Buczak: 4.6 Rebounds Willen: 4.8
Maddox: 2.2 Assists Brown: 3.6
Davis: 1.3 Steals Kari: 1.9
Maddox: 0.9 Blocks Koltun: 1.0
Buczak: .519 FG% (Min: 5 FGM) Mintz: .569
Maddox: .882 FT% (Min: 5 FTM) Mower: 1.000
Lake: .429 3PT FG% (Min: 5 3PTM) Petkovich: .429

Penn vs. Campbell - 4:30 pm ET - UCF Holiday Classic
Yale vs. Hampton - 7:00 pm ET
Dartmouth vs. UC Davis - 10:00 pm ET

Only one preview of tonight's contest, and it comes from the Trentonian.

Georgetown (10-1) never trailed, starting Big East play in style by beating previously undefeated UConn 74-63.

Make it four straight for Oregon State (5-5), 59-50 over Portland. It was the Beavers' final game before Pac-10 play starts Friday.

Princeton recruit Will Barrett had 19 points as Central Bucks South defeated St. Paul's School For Boys in the Athletes for Athletes tournament.

Around the Ivy League: Brown (5-6) won their matinee with Quinnipiac, 89-73. Columbia (4-7) fell in OT to Sacred Heart, 84-79. Cornell (6-6) dismantled Boston University, 89-59. Penn (1-7) ended a 24 day hiatus with a 81-64 loss at Central Florida.

Georgetown/UConn postgame.

Breaking down Georgetown's impressive victory at #2 UConn.

Coach Sydney Johnson - 12/29/08.

Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson and editor Jon Solomon sat down first thing Monday morning to review the Tigers' frustrating loss the weekend before Christmas at Central Connecticut State and to preview the next two contests versus Lafayette and UNC Greensboro. The pair also discussed the implosion of the RCA Dome, site of Princeton's victory over UCLA, and the announcement that Jadwin's floor will soon be renamed "Carril Court." This interview is 14:00+ in length.

Interviews with Coach Johnson appear on this site every week during the season.

Monday News:

Georgetown vs. UConn - 7:00 pm ET - ESPN2
Seattle vs. Oregon State - 10:00 pm ET

Quinnipiac vs. Brown - 1:00 pm ET
Sacred Heart vs. Columbia - 7:00 pm ET
Boston University vs. Cornell - 7:00 pm ET
Penn vs. Central Florida - 7:00 pm ET - UCF Holiday Classic

Richmond (7-5) held off UNC Willmington, 76-69.

Denver (6-6) won its fifth straight, 52-46 over UC Riverside.

DaJuan Summers and Georgetown start Big East play at #2 Connecticut.

Oregon State welcomes Seattle to Corvallis.

Around the Ivy League: Yale (2-7) nearly completed an 18 point rally at Alabama, but the Crimson Tide held on 66-63. Dartmouth (2-8) dropped the consolation game of the Golden Bear Classic, 63-41 versus Air Force. Harvard (6-5) bedeviled Daniel Webster, 94-51.

Sunday News:

UC Riverside vs. Denver - 3:00 pm ET
Richmond vs. UNCW - 5:30 pm ET - MASN

Daniel Webster vs. Harvard - 1:00 pm ET
Dartmouth vs. Air Force - 5:30 pm ET - Golden Bear Classic
Yale vs. Alabama - 7:00 pm ET

Princeton recruit Mack Darrow scored 25 in Barrington's one point loss to Crystal Lake South.

Richmond travels to UNC Willmington.

Looking for their fifth straight win, Denver hosts UC Riverside.

Around the Ivy League: Dartmouth (2-7) lost on the first day of the Golden Bear Classic to host California, 98-62.

Saturday News:

Dartmouth vs. Cal - 4:00 pm ET - Golden Bear Classic

...and we're back. Hope you had good, safe, happy and healthy holidays!

Video of a postgame interview with Princeton recruit Ian Hummer after Gonzaga defeated Good Counsel, 80-76 in OT. There are game highlights on the site as well.

Pete Carril is the subject of a short Q&A in the Sacramento Bee.

Finally, here's a feature on my recently-completed 24-Hour Holiday Radio Show from Friday's Trenton Times.

Christmas Eve News:

Georgetown (9-1) doubled up FIU, 76-38.

In their final game before the start of Big Ten play, Northwestern (8-2) defeated SMU by 11.

While it was filmed in March, I had not seen this video of Denver head coach Joe Scott playing "horse" against a CBS 4 reporter before last night.

Princeton recruit Will Barrett scored 18 in Central Bucks South's win over Abington. Jimmy Sherburne tallied 20 in Whitefish Bay's victory against Verona.

Finally, I'll be on 103.3 fm WPRB starting tonight at 6:00 pm ET for the 21st annual installment of my 24-Hour Holiday Radio Show. The "Editor's Letter" in this week's Philadelphia City Paper has more. Hope you can tune in. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday News:

FIU vs. Georgetown - 7:30 pm ET
SMU vs. Northwestern - 8:00 pm ET -

First the banners in the rafters, and now something else long-overdue! Princeton will name the floor at Jadwin Gym "Carril Court" in honor of Pete Carril, who stood on the sidelines at Princeton for 29 seasons. There will be ceremony on February 21st when the Tigers host Dartmouth.

Doug Davis made the Honor Roll of the new Ivy Weekly Basketball Awards.

Richmond (6-5) took care of Bucknell, 79-57.

Denver (5-6) won its fourth straight, 66-42 over Grambling State.

Georgetown hosts FIU in their final game before the start of Big East play.

Northwestern is at home against SMU.

Despite their five game losing streak, Princeton moved up in the latest Schuylkill 16.

Around the Ivy League: Cornell (5-6) fell 71-67 in Philadelphia to St. Joe's.

Monday News:

Bucknell vs. Richmond - 7:00 pm ET
Grambling State vs. Denver - 9:00 pm ET

Cornell vs. St. Joe's - 7:30 pm ET

The lion's share of athletic department web sites are all experiencing "technical difficulties" this morning, so several links need to be added when these sites are working again. The sites are live again.

Richmond seeks to bolster their defense against Bucknell tonight.

Denver plays host to Grambling State.

Princeton recruit Will Barrett scored seven points in Central Bucks South's 68-64 win over Souderton.

Around the Ivy League: Brown (4-6) was bested by Wager, 78-66. Harvard (5-5) picked up a 76-63 win at Maine. Columbia (4-6) won in the consolation game of the Holiday Festival, 63-58 over Marist.

Sunday News:

Columbia vs. Marist - 12:00 pm ET - Aeropostale Holiday Festival
Harvard vs. Maine - 12:00 pm ET
Brown vs. Wagner - 4:00 pm ET

In addition to our recap, write-ups of yesterday's game against the Blue Devils can be found on, in the New Britain Herald and on

Georgetown (8-1) was sluggish but still defeated Mount St. Mary's, 69-58.

Denver (4-6) won its third straight, 66-55 over Colorado State. There are some interesting quotes from Joe Scott in Associated Press article about how backing off his players has led to them playing better.

Oregon State (4-5) showed how far they have come since their season opener, as they throttled Howard 21-2 out of the gate and exacted their revenge to the tune of 90-54. The Beavers connected on a school record 14 three pointers.

Northwestern (7-2) rallied to within one against Stanford with 1:42 left to play, but the Cardinal hit a three point shot as the shot clock expired that gave them enough breathing room to pull out the 65-59 victory.

Princeton recruit Mack Darrow scored 24 points in Barrington's overtime loss to Woodstock.

Around the Ivy League: Cornell (5-5) outscored LaSalle by 20 in the second half of a 79-70 Big Red victory. Columbia (3-6) lost 64-52 at Madison Square Garden to Virginia Tech.

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