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Lafayette pictures.

Photos from today's game courtesy David Goldsmith.

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Princeton 69 Lafayette 54.

Postgame audio - Coach Mitch Henderson, Ian Hummer & Denton Koon:

Box Score : HD Box Score

As Princeton played repeated second half possessions of superb switching defense, five attentive Tigers working together around Lafayette screens and disrupting the Leopards’ passing lanes with their length, head coach Mitch Henderson noticed something else happening at the other end of the floor.

“By creating some turnovers and getting some easy hoops, I felt like all of a sudden we started making shots in the half court,” Henderson said following a 69-54 Princeton victory. “The pressure just went away, the guys relaxed and took what they gave us.”

Shooting the basketball has been an issue for the tense Tigers in their first seven games, but on Wednesday night Princeton made 68% of their attempts in the final 20 minutes, a stellar 14-18 inside the arc.

A 16-5 run sparked by the defense and capped off by Ian Hummer’s emphatic one handed dunk down the center of the lane turned a tie ball game into one controlled by the homestanding orange and black.

Hummer scored 16 of his game high 23 after intermission as Princeton built as large as an 18 point advantage.

Douglas Davis added 15 for the Tigers along with four steals and freshman Denton Koon came off the bench for a career high 13 on 6-7 shooting.

Ryan Willen was the only Leopard in double figures, totaling 16.

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Wednesday News:

Today's Game: Lafayette (3-3 / 0-0) vs. Princeton (2-5 / 0-0)
Location: Jadwin Gym - Princeton, NJ
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
TV: FiOS1 (tape delay)
Series History: Princeton leads 45-18.
Last meeting: Princeton 82 Lafayette 64 - 11/30/10

Lafayette Princeton
2-1 Home Record 1-2
1-2 Away Record 0-2
0-0 Neutral Record 1-1
278 RPI 252
264 Sagarin 244
244 Pomeroy 161
74.8 Points / Game 58.4
77.3 Points Allowed / Game 59.1
.448 FG% .384
.734 FT% .605
.429 3PT FG% .327
32.0 Rebounds / Game 34.7
9.7 Off. Rebounds / Game         10.3
-3.2 Rebounding Margin -0.6
12.3 Assists / Game 12.9
13.5 Turnovers / Game 14.4
2.5 Blocks / Game 3.4
Mower: 20.3 Points Hummer: 16.1
Willen: 5.7 Rebounds Hummer: 8.1
Delaney: 2.7 Assists Bray: 3.1
Delaney: 1.2 Steals Hummer: 1.6
Petkovich: 1.0 Blocks Hummer, Connolly: 0.7
Petkovich: .531 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Saunders: .442
Mower: .844 FT% (Min: 5 FTM) Davis: .889
Hinrichs: .571 3PT FG% (Min: 10 3PTA)    Hummer: .462

Richmond vs. William & Mary - 7:30 pm ET
Denver vs. Utah State - 9:00 pm ET - ESPN3

Dartmouth vs. New Hampshire - 7:00 pm ET
Rhode Island vs. Brown - 7:30 pm ET

Senior forward John Shurna scored 25 points as Northwestern (6-0) defeated Georgia Tech, 76-60.

Raritan topped Mercer (1-6) by a 65-52 final.

Denver travels to Utah State.

William & Mary host Richmond.

The latest Sit Down With Sydney has been posted.

John Gasaway examines if Harvard could be the best Ivy team ever.

Around the Ivy League: Penn (4-4) halted a three game losing streak with a 75-72 win over Manhattan. Yale (4-2) came from behind to win at Hartford, 74-69.

Coach Mitch Henderson - 11/29/11.

While the Princeton JV and the Hun School played in the background, Tigers head coach Mitch Henderson and editor Jon Solomon sat in the bleachers at Jadwin Gym to record a conversation.

Henderson and Solomon reviewed the Tigers' three games during the Legends Classic subregional at Bucknell before previewing tomorrow night's final home contest of 2011 versus Lafayette. The pair concluded by discussing how Princeton will take advantage of a week off between games.

This exclusive Q&A is 10:00+ in length.

If you have questions for future interviews, please feel free to send them here.

Tuesday News:

Raritan vs. MCCC - 7:00 pm ET
Northwestern vs. Georgia Tech - 7:15 pm ET - ESPNU

Manhattan vs. Penn - 7:00 pm ET
Yale vs. Hartford - 7:00 pm ET

Another weekly release, another Ian Hummer Honor Roll nod from the Ivy League.

Leading by one at halftime, Georgetown (5-1) scored the first 10 points after intermission and were on their way to an 81-58 win over IUPUI. Hoya Hoops has the postgame press conference.

Northwestern is looking for their fourth straight ACC/Big 10 Challenge victory at Georgia Tech.

Around the Ivy League: Columbia (2-4) cruised to a 104-42 win over Swarthmore.

What I see.

Princeton has already played seven non-conference games this month and while the complete picture of who this year’s Tigers are has not finished developing, I’ve still seen enough traveling from Raleigh to Jadwin Gym to Lewisburg and back again to share some individual and team observations.

Before clicking through, you might want to read the preseason piece 19 questions for 2011-12 again. It can’t hurt.

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Cyber Monday News:

IUPUI vs. Georgetown - 7:00 pm ET - MASN

Swarthmore vs. Columbia - 7:00 pm ET

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On to the news...

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's victory over West Alabama on and on

The Daily Princetonian summarizes the Legends Classic weekend.

Fairfield (3-4) could not dig itself out of a 23 point second half hole, falling 72-66 to Indiana State in the Old Spice Classic's third place game.

Back on the mainland, Georgetown hosts IUPUI.

Around the Ivy League: Brown (3-4) lost to Sacred Heart, 77-64. Cornell (2-4) was unable to catch American, dropping a two point decision in Ithaca.

Princeton 66 West Alabama 42.

Postgame audio - Coach Mitch Henderson:

Postgame audio - Ian Hummer & Mack Darrow:

Box Score : HD Box Score

Princeton scored the game's first 20 points and eased to a 66-42 win over Division II West Alabama on the final day of the Legends Classic subregional at Bucknell.

With Douglas Davis (8) and Ian Hummer (7) leading the scoring in the opening seven minutes, the Tigers built an advantage which stayed well above 15 points for the game's final 35:51.

“While I am happy we get on the right side of the win loss column, we’re disappointed overall in the weekend,” said Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson.

The Tigers won once in three tries while in Lewisburg, dropping games to the host school and Morehead State.

“When you’re 1-5 you’ll take anything, so a win is a win but there are still a lot of things we can work on,” Hummer added.

The junior from Vienna, VA finished with 18 points in 21 minutes of floor time. Mack Darrow, starting in place of Brendan Connolly had 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and no turnovers.

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Sunday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (1-5 / 0-0) vs. West Alabama (1-5 / 0-0)
Location: Sojka Pavilion - Lewisburg, PA
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: This is the first meeting between the two schools.
Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Princeton West Alabama
1-2 Home Record 0-1
0-2 Away Record 0-2
0-1 Neutral Record 1-2
264 RPI N/A
209 Sagarin N/A
136 Pomeroy N/A
57.2 Points / Game 61.3
62.0 Points Allowed / Game 76.7
.381 FG% .408
.603 FT% .704
.322 3PT FG% .284
33.3 Rebounds / Game 34.3
9.8 Off. Rebounds / Game         12.3
-2.2 Rebounding Margin -0.7
11.8 Assists / Game 8.8
15.0 Turnovers / Game 18.5
3.5 Blocks / Game 1.8
Hummer: 15.8 Points Fitch: 13.0
Hummer: 8.5 Rebounds Booker: 5.3
Hummer: 3.2 Assists Morris, McGaha: 2.3
Hummer: 1.6 Steals Woolfolk: 1.3
Connolly: 0.8 Blocks Fitch: 0.8
Darrow: .429 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Heidelberg: .643
Davis: .889 FT% (Min: 5 FTA) Morris .917
Davis: .419 3PT FG% (Min: 8 3PTM)    Woolfolk: .263

Indiana State vs. Fairfield - 4:30 pm ET - ESPN2 - Old Spice Classic

Brown vs. Sacred Heart - 2:00 pm ET
American vs. Cornell - 3:00 pm ET

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's defeat at the hands of Morehead State on and on

Denver (4-1) fell 80-59 at Cal.

An 66-46 win over Towson sent Oregon State (5-1) off to their best start since the 1980-81 season.

Fairfield and Indiana State meet in the third place game of the Old Spice Classic.

Around the Ivy League: The Battle 4 Atlantis went to Harvard (6-0) with a 59-49 win over Central Florida. Dartmouth (2-4) lost 65-48 to Central Michigan in the fourth place game of the Great Alaska Shootout. Leading wire to wire at Manhattan, Columbia (1-4) picked up their first victory of the season. Yale (3-2) defeated Army, 84-75. Mike Howlett's tying try was blocked at the buzzer as James Madison topped Penn (3-4) by a 60-58 final.

Morehead State 68 Princeton 56.

Postgame audio - Coach Mitch Henderson:

Postgame audio - Mack Darrow & T.J. Bray:

Box Score : HD Box Score

In many respects, Princeton’s coaches and players are looking for the same thing, but neither is currently able to find what they’re seeking.

Head coach Mitch Henderson is in a quest for someone to disrupt his team’s complacency and today’s 68-56 loss to Morehead State may have driven the first year head man to make more drastic and immediate personnel modifications as part of his search.

“Who is the guy that is going to make us win games? Boy, we’re really searching for that right now,” Henderson said after his team’s fifth loss in six contests. “I think you’ll see a different look from us [tomorrow against West Alabama] because we need a change.”

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Saturday News:

Today's Game: Princeton (1-4 / 0-0) vs. Morehead State (2-3 / 0-0)
Location: Sojka Pavilion - Lewisburg, PA
Time: 2:00 pm ET
Radio: 103.3 fm WPRB
Series History: This is the first meeting between the two schools.
Last meeting: This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Princeton Morehead State
1-2 Home Record 1-0
0-2 Away Record 0-2
0-0 Neutral Record 1-1
185 RPI 197
180 Sagarin 191
136 Pomeroy 229
57.4 Points / Game 65.4
60.8 Points Allowed / Game 69.2
.382 FG% .395
.590 FT% .744
.354 3PT FG% .380
33.8 Rebounds / Game 31.6
9.4 Off. Rebounds / Game         12.8
-2.8 Rebounding Margin -4.0
11.4 Assists / Game 12.2
14.8 Turnovers / Game 16.0
4.0 Blocks / Game 0.6
Hummer: 16.6 Points Hill: 16.2
Hummer: 8.6 Rebounds Chavis: 6.2
Hummer: 3.2 Assists Austin: 2.8
Hummer: 1.6 Steals Hill, Kelly: 1.6
Connolly: 1.0 Blocks Kelly, Ferguson, Owens: 0.2
Hummer: .426 FG% (Min: 10 FGM) Chavis: .452
Davis: .889 FT% (Min: 5 FTA) Johnson: Chavis .875
Davis: .444 3PT FG% (Min: 8 3PTM)    Proffitt: .421

Oregon State vs. Towson - 2:00 pm ET - ESPN3
Denver vs. Cal - 5:00 pm ET

Columbia vs. Mahattan - 2:00 pm ET
Dartmouth vs. Central Michigan - 2:30 pm ET - Great Alaska Shootout
Harvard vs. UCF - 4:30 pm ET - Versus - Battle 4 Atlantis
Yale vs. Army - 7:00 pm ET
James Madison vs. Penn - 7:00 pm ET - TCN

In addition to our recap, read about Princeton's Legends Classic loss to Bucknell on, in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, in the Daily Item and on

Princeton recruit Michael Washington Jr. is one of five Washington prep players to watch.

Northwestern (5-0) held off Stony Brook, 63-58.

A late three point play by Kevin Dillard got Dayton past Fairfield (3-3) and into the Old Spice Classic finals.

In their toughest matchup of the season, undefeated Denver visits #18 Cal.

With the first family planning to attend, Oregon State plays at Towson.

Around the Ivy League: It was by no accounts pretty but Harvard (5-0) found their signature win and entrance to the national stage by beating #20 Florida State, 46-41 to advance to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Roughly 4,136 miles away Dartmouth (2-3) defeated host school Alaska Anchorage at the Great Alaska Shootout. David Rufful matched his career high with 19 points. Penn (3-3) fell to #17 Pitt at home by 20.

Bucknell 62 Princeton 56.

Postgame audio - Coach Mitch Henderson, Ben Hazel & Ian Hummer:

Box Score : HD Box Score

No matter what Princeton threw at Bucknell's Mike Muscala, no matter how the Tigers defended the Bison's talented 6'11" center, they could not stop him.

Muscala scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, including seven straight capped off by his first three point shot of the season that turned a 33-29 Princeton lead into a three point Bucknell advantage, as the Bison defeated the Tigers by six. Muscala also had a game high 12 rebounds.

“Muscala is a very good player,” stated Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson. “When our two centers can’t handle him it is a long night for us. The only time he didn’t score was when he was on the bench.”

Ian Hummer countered with his own double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers but Douglas Davis was limited offensively to only the first and last Princeton baskets of the game.

John Comfort (11) and Ben Hazel (10) had unexpected career highs for the orange and black off the bench in defeat.

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