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Army pictures.

Photos from today's game courtesy of Stephen Goldsmith.

Dan Mavraides.

Nick Lake shooting from the wing.

Watching today's action, ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson.

Ian Hummer had Princeton's first two dunks of the season.

The first time I can remember Coach Johnson taking his coat off during a game came during Princeton's second half rally.

Will Barrett.

Marcus Schroeder.

Noah Savage was at Jadwin Gym, and even won a free turkey during the halftime shootout!

Pawel Buczak loses the ball.

Douglas Davis with a jumper in the lane.

Coach Johnson pleads for a call.

David Lewis said,

November 21, 2009 @ 8:00 pm

How does Princeton lose a game like this? This is a team that Princeton beat on the road last year. I didn't see the game but understand that they were doubling our inside guys. If that's the case, we should have had wide open outside shots. Princeton has plenty of shooters this year. Was this just a case of not making shots? How did we have 29 turnovers?

Jon Solomon said,

November 21, 2009 @ 8:16 pm


See my full recap, which I just posted. That should have answers to some of your questions, hopefully.

The recognition and reaction to doubles down low by Finley and Buczak was not quick enough to find open men and Army had plans to take away the three before the ball could go inside to come back out again.

Hummer and Barrett were able to provide an interior presence and move the ball better, but the comeback came up just short.

I should add that while I thought Army's defensive gameplan was terrific, I did not think they had the personnel to pull it off. When Princeton was down 10-0 and 18-4, it still felt like the Tigers were a shot or two away from putting the pressure on the Black Knights, but the hole just got too deep.

Will Carry said,

November 21, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

Was at the game today. Both Pavel and Finley could not find their footing. The offense would get the ball inside to the center, who was then double teamed. But instead of quickly passing the ball back out to the open man on the perimeter for the three, Pavel/Finley would inexplicably turn into the defense, dribble, and then inevitably get stripped. This happened several times, leading to turnover after turnover.

In the first half the team looked lost, terrible ball handling, stupid errors like three second violations, passes to no one--it was just bad basketball. My feeling is that they had a slow start, were flummoxed by the defense, and then got real tight, over thinking things and thus making even more mistakes. None of the breaks went their way either, calls, loose balls, long rebounds, etc. And you got to give it up to Army for playing ferocious D.

The guys on the floor for the final 12 min were like a different team. More fluid, more head up play, they were actually running the offense. Hummer is a player, physical defense, hustle, and some very heads up passes on offense. Barret clearly did not have a good shooting game, but also made some nice plays. We were right there in it down the stretch, had one of those late threes gone in, we could have pushed to OT. It was tough, but I like that they fought back from 20 down to cut it to 3.

larry said,

November 23, 2009 @ 11:13 am

Jon, your report and the other posts are right on. I believe the foul by Lake at the 44 second mark sealed the victory for Army. At that time it was a one possession game - for a tie. We were in a 2 foul shot penalty. By fouling we sent a cadet to the line needing to make just 1 of 2 to make it a 2 possession game. My thought was to play tight D for a stop. And if Army did score it would likewise be a 2 possession game. Army would have run off time but that foul gave them a easy play, opposed to sinking a shot from the floor.

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