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Friday News:

Denver (7-3) kicked off conference play with a six point win over Florida International.

The Daily Princetonian previews the Tigers' slate over winter break.

There's an article about the Monmouth game in the Princeton Packet.

The John Thompson III Foundation will hold a book drive before Saturday's game at McDonough Arena.

Chicago College Basketball has a great statistical analysis of Northwestern.

Around the Ivy League: Dartmouth (2-7) lost to Lehigh, 66-58.

Thursday News:

Florida International vs. Denver - 9:00 pm ET - FSN Rocky Mountain

Dartmouth vs. Lehigh - 7:00 pm ET

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's modest victory versus Monmouth on, in the Daily Princetonian, in the Trentonian, in the Asbury Park Press and on

Pawel Buczak is also profiled in today's Daily Princetonian.

Here's a TigerBlog piece about nine memorable days in March 1996.

Jake Miller of the Dispatch enjoyed watching Princeton play at UNC Greensboro.

Northwestern (8-1) romped over North Florida, 84-54. It was the Wildcats' seventh straight victory.

A late 15-0 run by South Carolina got the Gamecocks past Richmond (7-3), 76-58.

Oregon State (4-5) turned the ball over three times in the last 22 seconds and fell in the final moments at UIC.

Isiah Thomas and Florida International visit Denver tonight.

Pioneer coach Joe Scott was a recent guest on 1510 AM The Score.

Monmouth pictures.

Photos from today's game courtesy of Stephen Goldsmith.

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Princeton 46 Monmouth 42.

Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson:

Postgame audio - Douglas Davis, Marcus Schroeder & Ian Hummer:

"We set the game of basketball back a little bit, but we tend to do that every time we play them anyway." - Monmouth basketball coach Dave Calloway.

When the final buzzer sounded, there was silence.

No applause, just the sound of several hundred people standing up throughout the arena, grabbing their belongings and heading for Jadwin Gym's doors.

It was a sedate end to a troublous fourteenth meeting between Monmouth and Princeton.

While the Tigers led almost the entire way, from Douglas Davis' opening three point shot through the final buzzer, the crawling pace of the game and the wide intervals between field goals left those in attendance detached, notwithstanding Princeton's third straight win.

Davis scored 20 points as Princeton eked out the murky four point victory over the visiting Hawks.

Despite shooting 0-7 from the floor in the first half, Dan Mavriades tallied 11 for the Tigers and added a career best nine rebounds.

Whitney Coleman missed a three off the right wing following a steal that would have tied the game for the Hawks and Mavraides' subsequent free throw with ten seconds left made it a two possession game, providing the final margin of victory.

Monmouth finished 0-11 from three point range.

Travis Taylor led the Hawks with 17 points, nine rebounds and six turnovers.

"I don't think it was a flawless [defensive effort], but I think that [our] focus was very, very good," said Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson after the game's conclusion. "There were very few times where I felt like we had major breakdowns."

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Wednesday News:

Today's Game: Monmouth (3-7 / 0-1) vs. Princeton (4-4 / 0-0)
Location: Jadwin Gym - Princeton, NJ
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Princeton leads 9-4.
Last meeting: Monmouth 59 Princeton 50 - 12/30/07.

Monmouth Princeton
2-1 Home Record 2-1
1-4 Away Record 2-3
0-2 Neutral Record 0-0
316 RPI 101
302 Sagarin 148
284 Pomeroy 146
68.8 Points / Game 58.1
73.7 Points Allowed / Game 60.0
.433 FG% .415
.685 FT% .774
.330 3PT FG% .335
34.8 Rebounds / Game 28.5
11.0 Off. Rebounds / Game         7.4
-1.4 Rebounding Margin -4.0
14.6 Assists / Game 11.1
15.5 Turnovers / Game 14.8
2.6 Blocks / Game 2.9
Taylor: 16.7 Points Davis: 12.5
Taylor: 8.2 Rebounds Schroeder: 4.4
Hett: 5.3 Assists Schroeder: 2.8
Hett: 1.4 Steals Schroeder, Barrett: 1.3
Taylor: 1.0 Blocks Buczak, Hummer: 0.8
Taylor: .512 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Saunders: .595
Meyers Keitt: .826 FT% (Min: 10 FTM) Davis: .889
Coleman: .444 3PT FG% (Min: 5 3PTM)    Saunders: .500

Richmond vs. South Carolina - 7:00 pm ET - SportSouth
Oregon State vs. UIC - 8:00 pm ET
North Florida vs. Northwestern - 9:00 pm ET - ESPNU

The Asbury Park Press previews tonight's matchup.

Northwestern looks for their seventh straight win tonight against North Florida.

Oregon State is also in Chicagoland, playing at UIC.

Richmond travels to South Carolina.

Hey, it's the latest Schuylkill 16. I had Princeton in ninth place on my ballot and it appears a number of others did so as well.

Dana O'Neil at has an excellent piece about the firing of Glen Miller.

Sean Gregory vs. Consciousness.

Bones' training attempt at the Olympic sport of aerial skiing does not end well.

Tuesday News:

Ian Hummer was named Rookie of the Week in the latest Ivy Weekly Men's Basketball Report.

A career high 35 points and eight three pointers versus North Carolina A&T earned Northwestern freshman Drew Crawford the title Big Ten Player of the Week.

More accolades! Georgetown big man Greg Monroe was rewarded as Big East Player of the Week.

Andy Glockner has a piece on the Sports Illustrated web site about Coach Mooney and Richmond.

From the vault, here's a article on Sydney Johnson and his brother that ran in the Baltimore Sun after Princeton defeated UCLA in 1996.

TigerBlog offers his? their? its? a take on Jerome Allen coaching against Sydney Johnson.

If you're curious, read the official Penn press release about Glen Miller's dismissal.

Princeton JV 84 Mercer 79.

For the second straight year, Mercer County Community College scrimmaged the Princeton JV at Jadwin Gym. It was a great opportunity to watch two teams who run similar offenses face off and also a chance to observe several Tigers in action that have seen very limited playing time this season.

While the scrimmage was scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm ET, the two teams started early. Mercer had opened with a 10-0 and Princeton had answered with 10 straight by the time I arrived.

Someone I had not seen play previously was freshman forward Mack Darrow - who showed a quick first step to the basket and scored 17 points. Darrow wore #34 on Monday night instead of his varsity jersey number of #41. The Tiger JV was outfitted with Princeton's 2008-09 uniforms, complete with VBK memorial patches.

Scott Greenman is coaching the Princeton JV this year. Greenman sported a shirt from a Princeton summer camp with the mantra "One Goal. Make Shots" printed on the chest.

Greenman's offensive strategy was to put four players around the perimeter and repeatedly lob the ball inside to Brendan Connolly (#45). The Tigers' freshman center showed why he scored so many points back in Tennessee, finishing well when surrounded and making all three of his free throw tries.

Connolly ended the exhibition with 20 points.

Junior guard Bobby Foley, who hit seven three pointers the last time these two teams met, scored 11 for the Tigers. Foley was a surprising 1-5 at the free throw line.

Mercer coach Howie Levy. The Vikings have won three straight since their trip to the Verizon Center earlier this month.

John Comfort (#15, shooting) scored 13 points in the first half and 16 points in the second half, including six three pointers. His 29 led all scorers.

Comfort also had... explosive breakaway dunk.

Back-to-back Comfort triples made it a 73-57 Tiger lead late in the second half.

Coach Levy joked that Greenman's strategy to play man on defense after missed Tiger shots and zone on defense after made Princeton baskets threw his team off.

The Vikings went on a 22-6 run to close within two in the final minute.

Javis Williams had a pair of impressive dunks during the run... a ridiculous 360 move to score inside.

Two Darrow free throws iced the win for the Princeton JV.

Greenman, assistant coach/shot clock operator Brian Earl, Levy and Roger Gordon talk after the scrimmage's conclusion.

Pictures courtesy of Stephen Goldsmith.

Glen Miller out at Penn.

Word just broke that Glen Miller has been relieved of his position as men's basketball coach at Penn.

According to Soft Pretzel Logic, first year Quaker assistant Jerome Allen will take over as interim head coach for the rest of the season.

More on this story as it develops.

Monday News:

Image from Flickr stream of wesley74

MCCC vs. Princeton JV - 7:30 pm ET

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's second straight win on, in the Daily Princetonian, in the Greensboro News & Record and on

Northwestern (7-1) hit a school record 20 three pointers in a 90-65 victory over North Carolina A&T.

Oregon State's Craig Robinson is getting back to his roots.

Around the Ivy League: Dartmouth (2-6) defeated Division III Lyndon State, 83-54.

This happened at halftime.

An appearance between halves at Greensboro Coliseum by the Zooperstars. From left to right: Dick Flytale, Yao Flamingo & Dennis Frogman. Not pictured: Mackerel Jordan.

Thanks to Kyle at the Mid Majority for the video.

Princeton 65 UNC Greensboro 50.

Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson:

Ian Hummer’s career best 17 points on 9-11 shooting from the free throw line will stand out after an initial skim of the final box score following Princeton’s second straight win, a 65-50 victory over UNC Greensboro, but it was the steady, heady play of Marcus Schroeder that was essential to the Tigers’ success.

Schroeder scored five points, grabbed a team-best seven rebounds, handed out five assists and pocketed three steals in 36 minutes of play, all without a turnover.

"He's a helper," said Princeton coach Sydney Johnson about his senior co-captain. "That's kind of a term we use for him. He helps his teammates, he helps the team and its really showing up. We're just trying to bottle up the positive things that we're doing and hopefully carry them on to the next game."

The Tigers finished the first half on a 15-4 run to take a 35-22 lead at the break. Princeton built a early 16 point advantage in the opening moments of the second half, only to see their edge slowly widdled down to seven in the final six minutes.

Douglas Davis ended a Tiger drought with a bucket in traffic, bouncing a floater home after losing control in the lane and Hummer made both ends of consecutive one-and-one chances at the stripe to create some distance. 11 of Hummer’s points came in the final six minutes.

Princeton had a season high 19 assists on 25 baskets and turned the ball over a season low nine times while shooting an even 50% on the day.

"The guys really trusted themselves," Johnson said of his team's passing against the Spartans. "I think that's a product of that as much as anything."

Dan Mavraides added 13 points, 11 of which came in the first half.

Brandon Evans and Ben Stywall evenly split 28 for the Spartans in defeat.

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