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Welcome back to the Trentonian's Full-Court Press blog. Yes, we're still alive, and with the 2015-16 season rapidly approaching, it's time to fire up the old blog for another season. Check back here throughout the year for updates on all things Rider and Princeton, including coverage of both the MAAC and Ivy League. Feel free to drop me a line on twitter @kj_franko ( or email

Friday, December 5, 2014


Who: Princeton Tigers (2-6) vs. Stony Brook Seawolves (5-3) 

When/Where: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jadwin Gym

Projected starters
Princeton: G Spencer Weisz (6-4, Soph., 15.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.1 APG), F Hans Brase (6-8, Jr., 12.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.8 APG), F Pete Miller (6-10, Soph., 6.1 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.3 APG), G Amir Bell (6-3, Fr., 9.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.3 APG), F Steven Cook (6-5, Soph., 8.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2 APG)
Stony Brook: F Jameel Warney (6-8, Jr., 15.9 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 1.9 APG), F Rayshaun McGrew  (6-7, Jr., 8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1 APG), G Carson Puriefoy (6-0, Jr., 14.4 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.8 APG), G Kameron Mitchell (6-4, Soph., 3.4 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 1.4 APG), G Roland Nyama (6-6, Fr., 6 PPG, 4.4 RPG)

Holding the line: Princeton’s biggest problem this year has been on the defensive end. The Tigers are allowing opponents to score 70.4 points per game, which ranks just 263rd out of 351 Division I teams. Princeton has been particularly vulnerable to the 3-point shot, allowing opponents to hit an astonishing 46.7 percent of their shots from beyond the arc — the highest figure in DI. The issue is also just as much about quantity as quality. The Tigers have given up 63 total 3-points in just eight games, accounting for 46.7 percent of their opponents’ total points. That figure is the third highest in the nation.

Warney warning: Though the Seawolves aren’t particularly reliant on the 3-point shot, they do feature one of the more impactful post players in the country. Jameel Warney is currently averaging 12.2 rebounds per game, which trails only UC Santa Barbara’s Alan Williams for the best mark in the nation. Warney’s rebound percentage is 22.1 percent, good for ninth in the country.

Youth movement: This year’s Tigers squad is among the youngest in recent memory. Six of their top seven scorers are underclassmen, while five are either freshmen or sophomores. Outside of the starting five, Princeton has also gotten contributions from sophomore Henry Caruso 5 points and 2.4 rebounds in just 12 minutes per game) and freshman Alec Brennan (who had 9 points and 2 blocks against San Diego.)


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