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Yale pictures.

Pictures courtesy of Stephen Goldsmith.

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Princeton 62 Yale 54.

Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson, Jason Briggs & Michael Strittmatter:

Senior Night can make you sappy if you let it.

It is the abrupt close of a chapter that most do not want to shut. It is the culmination of four years of work, much of which is unseen by anyone beyond teammates and coaches. It is a chance for family, friends and fans to watch college seniors play at home for the last time.

But it wasn't perfunctory sappiness that inserted both Jason Briggs and Michael Strittmatter in Princeton's starting lineup for their final game at Jadwin Gym.

Briggs, who barely got off the bench his first two seasons and Strittmatter, who has battled injuries each of the last two years, are self-proclaimed "best friends" and for the first time in their careers, they came out for the opening tip together.

The two seniors earned their spots, and they validated their coach's decision.

The duo of Briggs and Strittmatter helped the Tigers race to an immediate 14-0 lead and Princeton held off repeated Yale rallies from that point forward for the wire-to-wire eight point win.

Dan Mavraides’ 16 led the Tigers, with Douglas Davis adding 12, all in the second half.

Unlike in New Haven, Yale was unable to pound the ball inside to their big men and crash the boards at will. Princeton ended up winning the overall rebounding battle 24-22.

Alex Zampier was high man for the Bulldogs with 19.

"I felt like the guys executed the gameplan to a "T," said Princeton coach Sydney Johnson after his team's sweep of the penultimate Ivy weekend. "Although it might not have looked pretty, it was exactly what we wanted."

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Georgetown 56 Villanova 54.

Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach John Thompson III, DaJuan Summers & Chris Wright:

Georgetown somehow overcame 25 turnovers and won their fifth straight over Villanova, 56-54.

DaJuan Summers, who committed eight of his team's turnovers, scored a game-high 16, one of three Hoyas in double figures.

Chris Wright hounded Villanova's Scottie Reynolds into 2-10 shooting and six gaffes while tallying 13 and ran out the clock with a burst down the sideline as Georgetown inbounded up a pair with three seconds remaining.

Nikita Mescheriakov added a career-best 11 in a much-needed win for the Hoyas.

Stephen Goldsmith picture in Sports Illustrated!

I am extremely chuffed to let you all know that the picture of Pete Carril in this week's Sports Illustrated (Page 16, Tiger Woods on the cover) was taken by photographer Stephen Goldsmith!

If you see Stephen at Jadwin tonight, slap him on the back and congratulate him.

Saturday News:

Today's Game: Yale (12-13 / 7-4) vs. Princeton (11-12 / 6-4)
Location: Jadwin Gym - Princeton, NJ
Time: 6:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Princeton leads 138-81.
Last meeting: Yale 60 Princeton 48 - 2/13/09.

Yale Princeton
7-2 Home Record 7-6
5-11 Away Record 4-6
0-0 Neutral Record 0-0
218 RPI 300
242 Sagarin 278
229 Pomeroy 253
63.4 Points / Game 58.5
63.6 Points Allowed / Game 57.3
.441 FG% .429
.655 FT% .739
.286 3PT FG% .379
34.2 Rebounds / Game 31.1
10.7 Off. Rebounds / Game         7.8
13.6 Assists / Game 11.2
15.4 Turnovers / Game 13.2
3.0 Blocks / Game 3.2
Zampier: 13.3 Points Davis: 12.4
Morin: 6.0 Rebounds Finley: 4.5
Pinick: 3.0 Assists Schroeder: 2.9
Zampier: 1.6 Steals Mavraides: 1.1
Mangano: 0.7 Blocks Saunders: 0.9
Pinick: .533 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Buczak: .567
Pinick: .835 FT% (Min: 10 FTM) Maddox: .824
Andrews: .343 3PT FG% (Min: 10 3PTM) Schroeder: .556

Villanova vs. Georgetown - 12:00 pm ET - ESPN
Iowa vs. Northwestern - 2:00 pm ET - Big Ten Network
George Washington vs. Richmond - 7:00 pm ET

Brown vs. Penn - 7:00 pm ET
Cornell vs. Harvard - 7:00 pm ET
Columbia vs. Dartmouth - 7:00 pm ET

In addition to our recap, read about last night's Princeton victory on, in the Trentonian, in the Trenton Times and on

It is Senior Day in Evanston, as Northwestern welcomes Iowa.

DaJuan Summers and Georgetown are at Villanova. Health permitting, will be there covering the game.

Richmond hosts George Washington.

Princeton recruit Brendan Connolly scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as Father Ryan advanced to the Division II-AA title game.

Will Venable was one of 29 San Diego Padres to ink one year deals yesterday.

Former Princeton player Ed Persia has signed on as an Italian scout.

Around the Ivy League: Yale (12-13 / 7-4) bested Penn (4-6 / 8-16), 87-79. Harvard (12-13 / 4-7) won by nine over Columbia (11-14 / 6-5). Cornell (19-8 / 9-2) has passed a big hurdle in their attempt to repeat as Ivy champs. The Big Red defeated Dartmouth (8-17 / 6-5) in Hanover, 75-57.

Brown pictures.

Pictures courtesy of Stephen Goldsmith.

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Princeton 56 Brown 48.

Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson, Marcus Schroeder & Douglas Davis:

Princeton made their first seven shots.

Princeton made their last two shots.

In between, the Tigers were a miserable 11-43 from the field (25.6%).

Yet Princeton was able to pull off a 56-48 win over Brown on Friday night at Jadwin Gym because of a solid team effort defensively and some tactical decisions that took away several of the Bears' strengths.

Douglas Davis scored 14 of his 16 in the second half and picked up 14 of the Tigers' last 20 points.

Davis, who came off the bench for the first time all season after starting the previous 22 games, was one of three Tigers in double figures. Dan Mavraides added 14, including four three pointers. Pawel Buczak tallied 11 despite not attempting a field goal after intermission.

Peter Sullivan's game-best 21 paced Brown. Chris Skrelja added seven and 16 rebounds.

"We're fighting and scrapping for everything that we can get," said Princeton head man Sydney Johnson. "[Brown] is a team that handled us at their place, and so for us to come away with a win and do it in a way where it wasn't pretty but we win, that's all that matters right now."

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Friday News:

Today's Game: Brown (7-17 / 1-9) vs. Princeton (10-12 / 5-4)
Location: Jadwin Gym - Princeton, NJ
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Princeton leads 91-24.
Last meeting: Brown 61 Princeton 43 - 2/14/09.

Brown Princeton
6-5 Home Record 6-6
1-12 Away Record 4-6
0-0 Neutral Record 0-0
311 RPI 299
310 Sagarin 278
305 Pomeroy 256
61.7 Points / Game 58.6
69.0 Points Allowed / Game 57.7
.426 FG% .430
.672 FT% .738
.346 3PT FG% .375
31.6 Rebounds / Game 31.0
8.0 Off. Rebounds / Game         7.9
13.2 Assists / Game 11.2
14.8 Turnovers / Game 13.4
2.7 Blocks / Game 3.1
Mullery: 16.0 Points Davis: 12.2
Skrelja: 6.5 Rebounds Finley: 4.5
Skrelja: 3.7 Assists Schroeder: 2.7
Williams: 1.1 Steals Mavraides: 1.0
Mullery: 1.8 Blocks Saunders: 0.9
Mullery: .582 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Buczak: .554
Williams: .870 FT% (Min: 10 FTM) Maddox: .816
Kane: .500 3PT FG% (Min: 10 3PTM) Schroeder: .560

Columbia vs. Harvard - 7:00 pm ET
Cornell vs. Dartmouth - 7:00 pm ET
Yale vs. Penn - 7:00 pm ET

The Trentonian, the Daily Princetonian and the Yale Daily News preview this weekend's games.

Denver (14-14) won its second on the road and fourth straight overall, 66-57 over Louisiana Monroe. The Pioneers clinched a home game in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, but there was no word on if the team got their uniforms and shoes that the airline lost in time for last night's game.

A perfect inning for Chris Young in his first spring training outing.

Norm Van Lier passed away yesterday. Bill Carmody offers his memories of this Chicago icon.

A story in the Baltimore Sun about Joe Connelly, coach of Baltimore Freedom Academy and part of a group of four basketball brothers that includes Princeton Director of Basketball Operations Dan Connelly.

Coach Sydney Johnson - 2/26/09.

Tigers head coach Sydney Johnson and editor Jon Solomon sat down on Thursday morning at Jadwin Gym to discuss Princeton's tight win over Harvard and the team's disappointing defensive performance against Dartmouth. The pair also previewed the final homestand of the season versus Brown and Yale. The interview is 11:00+ in length.

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

Thursday News:

Denver vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 8:00 pm ET

The Town Topics piece on last Saturday's game is live.

Princeton recruit Gus Gabel scored 19 as Chaparral advanced to the Class 4A Division I semifinals.

Northwestern (15-11) pulled away from Indiana in the second half, defeating the Hoosiers 75-53. The Wildcats won in Bloomington for the first time since 1968. They were 0-33 at Assembly Hall before last night.

Richmond (15-13) defeated Fordham by 10. It was the Spiders' third straight win.

Denver visits Louisiana-Monroe tonight.

The Colorado Springs Gazette writes that Joe Scott has the Pioneers on the winning path.

Northwestern/Indiana highlights.

For the first time in my lifetime, the Wildcats win in Bloomington!

Wednesday News:

Northwestern vs. Indiana - 6:30 pm ET - Big Ten Network
Richmond vs. Fordham - 7:00 pm ET

ESPN's Dana O'Neil wrote a great piece on Pete Carril. It includes the best descriptions of Saturday night's events that I've read.

Princeton recruit Will Barrett scored 29 as Central Bucks South lost to defending state champion Chester in the consolation game of the PIAA District One Class AAAA tournament.

Richmond visits Fordham this evening.

Looking to end a four decade losing streak in Bloomington, Northwestern faces off against Indiana.

The Denver Daily News notes the strides Joe Scott's Pioneers are making.

The new Schuylkill 16 has been posted.

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