February 3, 2012

Princeton Topples Brown, 77-63

Providence, Rhode Island – Princeton utilized a first half three-point barrage to build a 14-point lead and cruise to a 77-63 Ivy League win over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win lifts the Tigers to 11-9 overall, 2-2 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 7-15 overall, 1-4 in Ivy play.

 

Princeton connected on 9 of 15 first half treys and finished the game with 10 of 22 shooting from behind the three-point arc. The Tigers shot 53-percent from the field overall, hitting 32 of 61 field goals, while Brown was held to 43-percent shooting (24 of 56).

 

Three Tiger players scored in double figures with Ben Hazel and Doug Davis scoring 12 points each.  Brendan Connolly chipped in with 11 points, while Ian Hummer netted 9 points and grabbed a game high 11 rebounds and handed out five assists.

 

Brown guard sophomore Sean McGonagill led all scorers with 17 points, while also adding six assists and five rebounds. Junior forward Tyler Ponticelli scored 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field, and added six rebounds. Junior guard Matt Sullivan also scored in double figures with 10 points for the Bears.

 

Princeton came out of the gate on fire, connecting on all five of its three-point attempts and 8 of its first 11 field goals to build a 21-8 lead with 13:29 left in the half following a tip-in by Connelly.

 

The Tigers grabbed their biggest lead of the half, 42-23, on a trey by TJ Bray with 4:25 remaining in the half. The Bears clawed their way back into the game by out-scoring the Tigers, 11-6, for the remainder of the half, 48-34. McGonagill's four points led the Brown spurt.

 

Brown got as close as 12 points in the second half, 50-39, following a McGonagill lay-up with 18:08 left in the game. But the Tigers pulled away and built a 23-point lead, following a Connolly dink with 6:05 left to play.

 

Brown will be back in action again Saturday evening, February 4, hosting Ivy rival Penn at the Pizzitola Sports Center.  Tip-off is 6:00 p.m.