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Saturday News:

UNC-Ashville vs. Georgetown - 12:00 pm ET
Oregon State vs. Howard - 4:00 pm ET
Richmond vs. Purdue - 7:30 pm ET - Big Ten Network
Denver vs. Boise State - 9:00 pm ET

Brown vs. New Hampshire - 1:00 pm ET
Army vs. Yale - 2:00 pm ET
Colgate vs. Dartmouth - 2:00 pm ET
Cornell vs. Boston University - 5:00 pm ET
Penn vs. Pitt - 7:00 pm ET -

Richmond (5-1) defeated Wright State 71-61 to advance to the finals of the Chicago Invitational Classic. The Spiders play Purdue in the championship game.

No. 16 Georgetown returns from a holiday break for a matchup against UNC Ashville.

The annual Washington, DC business trip for Oregon State sees the Beavers visiting Howard University.

Denver visits Boise State.

A very good Rider team was up 47-44 on Siena with 14 minutes to go, but a 20-1 Saints run decided a 73-60 evening. Next up, a trip to Jadwin Gym on Sunday.

Five games, five concerns.

Through Thanksgiving the 2010-11 Princeton Tigers have five games in the books and sport a 2-3 record that could be 4-1 just as easily as it could be 1-4.

Looking at these five games as a separate entity from the rest of Princeton's non-conference slate, some (potentially fixable) issues become apparent. When watching the Tigers play starting Saturday versus Siena, pay close attention to these five areas - as they may hold the difference between close wins and close losses.

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Friday News:

Richmond vs. Wright State - Chicago Invitational Challenge - 6:00 pm ET

Richmond and Wright State meet today as the Chicago Invitational Challenge moves from on-campus sites to Chicagoland proper.

Princeton's next opponent, Siena, is already in Mercer County to face Rider tonight in the two teams' MAAC opener. That's all I've got. Back to leftovers.

Thanksgiving News:

No games today! I hope you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving.

In addition to our recap, there are pieces about yesterday's loss to Presbyterian on, courtesy of the Associated Press and on

Denver (1-4) picked up their first win of the season, a 69-51 decision over Alcorn State.

Calvin Haynes had a career high 27 points as Oregon State (2-2) defeated Charlotte 83-70.

Princeton slides to eighth place in the new edition of the Schuykill 16.

Around the Ivy League: Christian Webster hit a three point shot with 23 seconds left to put Harvard (3-1) back in front and the Crimson escaped Bryant, 69-66. Brown (3-1) is off to their best start in a decade, defeating St. Francis (NY) by four.

Presbyterian 69 Princeton 67.

Box Score : HD Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson, Ian Hummer & Douglas Davis:

There was no other way to put it, so Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson didn't put it any other way.

"We flatly just got outplayed. We made it close but clearly they were the tougher team," said Johnson after his team closed out CBE play at James Madison with a 69-67 loss to Presbyterian.

The Tigers trailed 62-55 with 4:48 left in the second half of their third game in three days and rallied to go up one on Douglas Davis' sixth three pointer of the afternoon with :28 still to play but could not stop Blue Hose center Al'Lonzo Coleman as he bumped his way inside for a layup that flipped the lead for the 11th and final time.

"He was a tough out for us," assessed Johnson of Coleman, who finished with 17 points to lead Presbyterian. We tried to mix in some different things but obviously [big men] were trouble for us these last three games."

Coleman scored over Princeton's Ian Hummer, who had a career game of 24 points on 10-13 shooting along with 14 rebounds - the most by a Tiger since Zach Finley grabbed 15 in a 2009 OT loss to Penn and Hummer's first double-double.

Kareem Maddox's potential game-winner from just inside half court did not reach the rim as time ran out.

Davis added 23 in defeat but no other Tiger managed more than five.

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Wednesday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (2-2 / 0-0) vs. Presbyterian (1-4 / 0-0)
Location: JMU Convocation Center - Harrisonburg, VA
Time: 4:30 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: This is the first meeting between the two teams.
Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Princeton Presbyterian
1-0 Home Record 0-0
0-2 Away Record 1-3
1-0 Neutral Record 0-1
34 RPI 177
119 Sagarin 281
132 Pomeroy 307
67.0 Points / Game 56.8
72.5 Points Allowed / Game 73.2
.455 FG% .421
.651 FT% .667
.411 3PT FG% .400
35.8 Rebounds / Game 26.6
9.8 Off. Rebounds / Game         7.8
+7.3 Rebounding Margin -7.0
13.8 Assists / Game 13.6
17.5 Turnovers / Game 13.0
2.0 Blocks / Game 2.4
Mavraides: 15.8 Points Coleman: 14.0
Maddox: 6.0 Rebounds Coleman: 7.6
Maddox: 3.5 Assists Miller: 4.8
Maddox: 1.5 Steals Coleman: 1.6
Maddox: 1.3 Blocks Troyli: 0.8
Mavraides, Hummer: .583 FG% (Min: 5 FGM) Mutakabbir: .548
Davis: .944 FT% (Min: 5 FTM) Johnson: .857
Mavraides: .632 3PT FG% (Min: 5 3FGM)    Mutakabbir .692

Alcorn State vs. Denver - 9:00 pm ET
Charlotte vs. Oregon State - 10:00 pm ET - FSN Northwest

Harvard vs. Bryant - 4:00 pm ET
St. Francis (NY) vs. Brown - 4:00 pm ET

In addition to our recap, there are write-ups of last night's game on, in the Daily Princetonian, on Hoop Time, courtesy of the Associated Press and on

Not to bring the room down after a nice win, but I've been having difficulty thinking of the last time Princeton had a 20 point lead and lost a basketball game. Does a previous occurrence come to mind? I can recall Tiger opponents that have come back from down 19 and down 18 but never 20 or more.

The 14-Game Tournament looks at some of Princeton's statistical red flags through their first three games.

Did you know Tiger guard Ben Hazel is the grandson of Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey?

Former Sacramento King Doug Christie talks about what Pete Carril taught him.

Richmond (4-1) blasted Southern, 81-40.

Mercer (3-3) returned to the win column with an 82-68 decision over Lackawanna. 5'10" Jon Jernigan had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six steals. The Vikings were 9-18 from three point range.

High school basketball is getting underway around the nation. Princeton recruit Bobby Garbade scored 12 points in Seton Catholic's season-opening victory.

Judson Wallace had 14 in Gran Canaria's surprising EuroCup win over Buducnost.

Denver takes on Alcorn State tonight.

Charlotte visits Oregon State.

Around the Ivy League: Penn (2-2) outscored Lafayette by 16 in the second half of a 74-65 Quaker win. Noruwa Agho had 25 points as Columbia (2-3) defeated Colgate, 76-63. Quinnipiac put away Dartmouth (1-4) by a 69-52 final. Yale (1-3) fell 73-47 at Illinois.

Princeton 66 Bucknell 55.

Box Score : HD Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson, Mack Darrow & Dan Mavraides:

Returning to the floor of the JMU Convocation Center less than 24 hours after seeing a 20 point lead against James Madison evaporate, Princeton found themselves in a somewhat similar situation versus Bucknell during the second day of their College Basketball Experience subregional.

Holding a 52-39 lead on Douglas Davis' third three point shot of the afternoon, the Bison responded with 11 straight to creep within two at the 4:33 mark.

Fueled by Kareem Maddox in the post at both ends of the arena and supported by sophomore center Mack Darrow's two free throws and critical three point shot in the game's final 78 seconds, the Tigers were able to close out their second victory of the 2010-11 campaign.

Mavraides and Davis each had 16 for the Tigers. Darrow added career bests of 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Asked about an opportunity to atone so soon after a disappointing loss, Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson relished that another contest followed right around the bend without time to dwell.

"It is the best thing from a players' standpoint and also from a coaching standpoint. You want to get back out there," Johnson said. "I was happy with how they bounced back from a tough loss last night."

Bucknell's G.W. Boon led the Bison with 17 points in 26 minutes.

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Mr. Green & Dr. Lewullis.

Two of my favorite players of the past 15 years, Oklahoma City forward Jeff Green and former Princeton great Gabe Lewullis at the TD Garden after the Thunder defeated the Celtics 89-84 on Friday night.

Tuesday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (1-2 / 0-0) vs. Bucknell (2-3 / 0-0)
Location: JMU Convocation Center - Harrisonburg, VA
Time: 4:30 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: Princeton leads 9-3.
Last meeting: Princeton 61 Bucknell 48 - 11/11/04

Princeton Bucknell
1-0 Home Record 1-0
0-2 Away Record 0-3
0-0 Neutral Record 1-0
64 RPI 162
148 Sagarin 166
145 Pomeroy 173
67.3 Points / Game 63.4
78.3 Points Allowed / Game 58.6
.464 FG% .455
.615 FT% .673
.400 3PT FG% .404
34.3 Rebounds / Game 33.0
10.0 Off. Rebounds / Game         6.8
+5.6 Rebounding Margin -0.3
14.7 Assists / Game 15.8
18.7 Turnovers / Game 13.0
2.0 Blocks / Game 2.0
Mavraides: 15.7 Points Muscala: 12.8
Connolly: 6.7 Rebounds Muscala: 6.8
Maddox: 4.0 Assists Shazier, Cohen: 4.4
Maddox: 1.5 Steals Shazier: 1.4
Maddox: 1.0 Blocks Muscala: 1.8
Hummer: .630 FG% (Min: 5 FGM) Shazier: .571
Davis: 1.000 FT% (Min: 5 FTM) Boon: .857
Mavraides: .625 3PT FG% (Min: 5 3FGM)    Cohen .556

Southern vs. Richmond - 12:00 pm ET - Chicago Invitational Challenge
Lackawanna vs. MCCC - 7:00 pm ET

Lafayette vs. Penn - 7:00 pm ET
Colgate vs. Columbia - 7:00 pm ET
Quinnipiac vs. Dartmouth - 7:00 pm ET
Yale vs. Illinois - 9:45 pm ET - ESPNU

In addition to our recap, you can read reports of last night's game on in the Daily News Record, in the Daily Princetonian, courtesy of the Associated Press and on

NBC 29 has some first half video from the Convocation Center.

Doc Rivers was ejected and Armond Hill picked up a technical foul in yesterday's Celtics game at Atlanta.

Richmond hosts Southern at high noon.

Around the Ivy League: Cornell (2-3) lost a defensive struggle at Lehigh by three.

JMU 65 Princeton 64.

Box Score : HD Box Score

Postgame audio - Coach Sydney Johnson, Douglas Davis & Dan Mavraides:

Inherently, not being able to hold a 20 point lead against a quality opponent on their home court is frustrating.

In addition to those inherent frustrations connected to what transpired there will be four separate elements of Princeton's 65-64 loss at James Madison that will gnaw in the gut of any Tiger fan between now and tomorrow afternoon's game against Bucknell.

1. You didn't see it coming.

Often, a team will be able to build a lead despite reverting to bad habits because the ball continues to find its way into the basket. Up 45-25 in the first half, the Tigers were marvelous on offense, sharing the basketball beautifully and ending almost every possession with an open shot in rhythm. It was not occurring too easily either, as can sometimes be the case. Princeton made good decisions and rewarded players in the right positions.

2. They were still where they wanted to be when they wanted to be.

After being on the wrong end of a 28-5 run and going the first 10 minutes of the second half without a basket, Princeton somehow sat in a position to win. While the Tigers fell behind by as many four in the final four minutes, Kareem Maddox's one-handed offensive rebound of a missed Ian Hummer free throw and incredible one-handed rifle pass down the baseline to Douglas Davis setting up in the far left corner actually put Princeton back in front by one with :47 left in regulation. It was the third of Princeton's three second half field goals and their only made jumper in the second half.

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Monday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (1-1 / 0-0) vs. James Madison (1-1 / 0-0)
Location: JMU Convocation Center - Harrisonburg, VA
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: This is the first meeting between the two teams.
Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Princeton James Madison
1-0 Home Record 0-0
0-1 Away Record 1-1
0-0 Neutral Record 0-0
149 RPI 184
149 Sagarin 180
142 Pomeroy 148
69.0 Points / Game 67.5
85.0 Points Allowed / Game 71.0
.476 FG% .522
.595 FT% .608
.395 3PT FG% .381
33.5 Rebounds / Game 35.0
11.5 Off. Rebounds / Game         8.5
+5.0 Rebounding Margin +3.0
15.5 Assists / Game 11.5
21.5 Turnovers / Game 21.5
2.0 Blocks / Game 3.0
Mavraides: 21.0 Points Moore: 16.0
Connolly: 7.5 Rebounds Goins: 11.0
Connolly, Maddox: 3.5 Assists Bowles, Jackson: 3.0
Maddox: 2.0 Steals Hitchens: 1.0
Hummer, Maddox, Darrow, Barrett: 0.5 Blocks Bowles: 1.5
Mavraides: .636 FG% (Min: 5 FGM) Bowles: .737
Davis: 1.000 FT% (Min: 5 FTM) Moore: .733
Mavraides: .667 3PT FG%    Goins .333

Cornell vs. Lehigh - 7:00 pm ET

A 15-0 second half run helped Georgetown (5-0) sprint past NC State for the Charleston Classic title. Hollis Thompson scored 18, one of four Hoyas in double figures in the 82-67 win.

Kevin Smith returned from an injury and Richmond (3-1) dropped Charleston Southern, 82-71.

Texas Southern surprised Oregon State (1-2) by a 66-60 score in Corvallis. The Beavers shot 1-13 from three point range in the second half against the Tigers.

Sean Gregory interviews Drew Brees at

Chris Young and his wife are hosting the first annual December Nights Winter Coat Drive on December 3rd in San Diego.

Around the Ivy League: Loyola (Md.) pulled away in the second half from Dartmouth (1-3) for a 73-59 decision.

Sunday News:

Richmond vs. Charleston Southern - Chicago Invitational Challenge - 4:00 pm ET
NC State vs. Georgetown - Charleston Classic - 7:30 pm ET - ESPNU
Texas Southern vs. Oregon State - 7:30 pm ET

Dartmouth vs. Loyola (Md.) - 12:00 pm ET

Powerhouse Harcum blasted Mercer (2-3) by a 112-68 decision.

Richmond hosts Charleston Southern in the preliminary portion of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.

It will be Georgetown and NC State for the Charleston Classic crown.

Texas Southern visits Oregon State, who will be wearing their turquoise Nike N7 jerseys to honor Native American culture.

Liberty High School held their Blue-White Scrimmage on Friday. Princeton recruit Denton Koon's team won the three point shooting contest.

Around the Ivy League: Christian Webster scored 29 points as Harvard (2-1) won at Mercer, 75-69. Penn (1-2) was muscled aside 77-56 by Drexel. Brown (2-1) beat Sacred Heart 81-67 behind 26 points from Peter Sullivan. Longwood scored 61 second half points in a 95-76 victory over Columbia (1-3).

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