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Friday, November 20, 2015

Princeton Gamedy: vs. Saint Peter's (Dillon Gym)

Who: Saint Peter’s (1-2) at Princeton (1-0)

When: Saturday, 9 p.m., Dillon Gym

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Rider, 64-56; St. Peter’s lost to Hartford, 67-66

Series History: This is just the third meeting between the Tigers and Peacocks. They met last season in Jersey City and SPU throttled Princeton, 60-46. In a throwback to yesteryear, the game will take place inside Dillon Gym, the first game in the old building since Jan. 11, 1969.

Tigers coach Mitch Henderson on playing at Dillon: “I’m really excited about the game. The last time we played a game there was in the ’60s. I’ve been wanting to play a game there since I got here and it’s just taken us some time to get there. ... This is not an easy operation. Everything in the ’60s was different. Parking was different. I think it’s going to be incredible. We’re playing the game a little later at night, so I think the students will be showing up. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Scouting St. Peter’s: John Dunne’s Peacocks have lost two straight by a combined two points, so they’ve been in every game they’ve played. SPU has a victory over Ivy League competition, beating Brown, 77-65. As Princeton learned last season, a Dunne-coached team can smother you on defense and the tight confines of Dillon may turn up the heat if the Tigers struggled to score early. Freshman Antwon Portley is averaging 15 points per game to lead the Peacocks. Keep an eye on a couple local players for SPU — junior Chazz Patterson (TCA) and freshman Cameron Jones (Pennsbury).

Scouting Princeton: The school announced earlier this week that senior forward Hans Brase will miss the season with a torn ACL. Brase didn’t play in the Tigers’ season-opening victory over Rider and they made out just fine thanks to Peter Miller stepping up with nine points and 12 rebounds. It’s unknown if Miller can give that kind of production consistently and he’s certainly not the same kind of dynamic player Brase is. Princeton won’t panic without Brase and still has enough depth to contend for an Ivy League title. Freshman guard Devin Cannady showed up huge in his debut, scoring 17 points, the most by a Tigers freshman in an opener since Doug Davis got 25. Pretty good company. Princeton’s had over a week off and should be excited to play at Dillon.


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