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Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Who: Princeton Tigers (1-1, 0-0 Ivy) vs. Lafayette Leopards (0-2, 0-0 Patriot)

When/Where: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jadwin Gymnasium.

Coverage: 103.3 WPRB, Ivy League Digital Network

Coaches: Princeton – Mitch Henderson (third season, 38-24 overall). Lafayette – Fran O’Hanlon (19th season, 258-277 overall).

Probable Starters
Princeton: C Hans Brase, 6-8, sophomore, 10 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3 APG. F Spencer Weisz, 6-4, freshman, 7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.5 APG. F Will Barrett, 6-10, senior, 10 PPG, 2 RPG 0.5 APG. G Jimmy Sherburne, 6-3, junior, 10 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3 APG. G Ben Hazel, 6-5, junior, 7 PPG, 6 RPG.
Lafayette: F Alan Flannigan, 6-6, junior, 1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.5 APG. F Dan Trist, 6-9, junior, 12.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2 APG. G Seth Hinrichs, 6-7, junior, 15.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.0 APG. G Bryce Scott, 6-3, sophomore, 18 PPG, 4 RPG, 1 APG. G Nick Lindner, 5-10, freshman, 6 PPG, 3 RPG, 5 APG.

Key Reserves
Princeton: F Denton Koon, 6-8, junior, 19 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.5 APG. G Chris Clement, 6-2, senior, 1 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG. F Pete Miller, 6-10, freshman, 2 PPG, 1 RPG.
Lafayette: G Joey Ptasinski, 6-2, junior, 14 PPG, 2 RPG, 1 APG. G Zach Rufer, 6-2, sophomore, 3 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.5 APG. C Nathaniel Musters, 6-10, sophomore, 0 PPG, 4 RPG

Last Game: The Tigers almost snuck out of Hinkle Fieldhouse with a win on Saturday, eventually falling to the Butler Bulldogs 70-67. Despite hitting just 23 of 37 free throws, Princeton had a chance to tie the game at 69 when Denton Koon got a good look at a half-hook turning to the right baseline, but the shot hit the back iron.
Still, Koon finished with 21 points off the bench, while Hans Brase had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Henderson kept his rotation pretty tight, with only Koon and Chris Clement making more than a cameo appearance off the pine.
Here is a cool, albeit Butler-centric video:

The Leopards fell to 0-2 last Wednesday with a 90-81 home loss to Robert Morris. Up by as many as 11 points in the second half, Lafayette was outscored 42-22 over the last 14 minutes of the game. Guard Bryce Scott led all scorers with 25 points, while Dan Trist had 18 and 12 rebounds.

Key Matchup: at 6-9 and 246 pounds, Australian big man Trist is a physical presence down low and will have a size advantage over Brase (who, at 6-8, weighs in at 231). Trist only averaged 3.7 boards a year ago, but if the Robert Morris game is any indication, he looks to be hitting the glass a little harder this year. The Leopards don’t have much size besides Trist, so if Brase can win that battle the Tigers figure to have the advantage in the paint.

Storylines: Koon has played starters’ minutes this year, and doesn’t seem to be affected by Henderson continuing to go with Weisz in the starting lineup. Weisz has played well, earning rave reviews for his basketball IQ and work ethic, but its hard to imagine that Princeton will go the entire season starting games without its best player not named T.J. Bray on the floor.
As for Bray, the senior captain got the cast taken off his left wrist last week, but the Tigers are being cautious with his return.


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