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Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Who: Princeton Tigers (3-6) at St. Peter’s Peacocks (3-6)
When/Where: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Yanitelli Center, Jersey City
Projected Starters
Princeton: G Spencer Weisz (6-4, Soph., 14.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.2 APG), F Hans Brase (6-8, Jr., 12.4 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.7 APG), F Pete Miller (6-10, Soph., 6.8 PPG, 3 RPG, 1.4 APG), G Amir Bell (6-3, Fr., 8.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.4 APG), F Steven Cook (6-5, Soph., 11 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2 APG)
St. Peters: C Quadir Welton (6-8, Soph., 7.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG), F Marvin Dominique (6-7, Sr., 15.9 PPG, 9.2 RPG), F Tyler Gaskins (6-4, Sr., 7.7 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.2 APG), G Jamel Fields (6-2, Sr., 3 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 2.4 APG), G Trevis Wyche (6-1, Soph., 7.1 PPG, 2 RPG, 4 APG)
Washington watch: The Peacocks could get a significant boost Wednesday with the possible return of senior guard Desi Washington, who injured his hand in their season-opening loss to Brown. Last season, Washington was second on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game.
“There's a good chance he might practice (Monday) and be in the lineup on Wednesday,” said St. Peter’s coach John Dunne on Monday. “That's not a guarantee, but it's possible. He's been doing some shooting and ball handling.”
Inside the numbers: According to Ken Pomeroy’s statistical analysis, the Peacocks will be a slight favorite against the Tigers with a 64 percent change to win the game. Though St. Peter’s has struggled to score the ball, managing just 59.6 points per contest (316th in Division I) it has been much better on the defensive end, allowing 58.7 (43rd in DI).
Thanks, but no thanks: Coach Mitch Henderson had an amusing anecdote after Saturday’s win against Stony Brook, involving the Tigers’ 64-57 loss to Drexel back in 2012. Both teams had high expectations that year but had struggled early, with Princeton 3-4 and Drexel 2-6 coming into the game. According to Henderson, Dragons coach Bruiser Flint came up to him after the game and thanked him for the much-needed win.
“I just wanted to, like, push him,” Henderson deadpanned, concluding the story by saying the win over the Seawolves made him appreciate where Flint was coming from.


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