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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Princeton hits 100 points for first time in 44 years in rout of Lafayette

Princeton >> Four days after stepping foot on a floor it hadn’t played on in 46 years, Princeton followed it up by lighting up the scoreboard in a way it hadn’t in 44 years.

Not since 1971 had the Tigers scored 100 points in a game, but that all changed on Wednesday night as Princeton treated the fans at Jadwin Gym to a pre-Thanksgiving feast.

Five different players reached double-figures, 14 of the 16 who appeared scored and the Tigers crushed Lafayette, 104-52, for their third straight win to begin the season.

The 104 points are the most since scoring 108 against Yale on Feb. 26, 1971.

“There’s been a little bit of a lid on the rim for some of us, and we started making shots, moving through our offense and things started clicking for us,” said forward Steven Cook, who finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. “It feels good in a game like that, but you can never be satisfied.”

There was always a chance Princeton could score a lot of points facing an opponent who entered play allowing 83.5 points and 48.5 percent shooting.

But the ease at which the Tigers carved up the Leopards was impressive. Princeton moved the ball the best it has thus far, evidenced by its 25 assists on 38 made baskets and finished 55.1 percent from the field, including 48.6 percent form beyond the arc (17 of 35).

“We’re the same team that struggled a little bit to score against Saint Peter’s … we’re just like three days better,” head coach Mitch Henderson said. “I think the guys are really committing to each other.

The way the ball moves, it’s an unselfish group. When they play unselfishly, the ball starts going down and everybody feels a little bit better.”

Princeton moved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2003-04 season, while Lafayette dropped to 1-4.

“It’s hard not to feel good, but at the same time, we’re not going to be satisfied,” Cook said. “We got some big games coming up with FDU on Monday then Stony Brook and St. Joe’s, which are both great teams. We got to keep getting better moving forward.”

Noah Bramlage came off the bench to lead the Tigers in scoring with 14 points, while Henry Caruso added 13 and Devin Cannady and Mike LeBlanc both put in 12.

“Nobody played more than 20 minutes and we got a lot of points off the bench,” Henderson said. “We can score. Mostly, for me, the guys were going hard, so you were able to get a lot of guys in and the energy never wavered.”

Princeton led by 53 with 3:18 remaining and LeBlanc’s 3-pointer with 59 seconds left broke the 100-point barrier.

The Tigers also registered seven dunks, highlighted by Cannady going the length of the floor through Lafayette’s defense for a one-handed jam.

“We have good players and good athletes,” Henderson said. “The ability to get to the rim is good. … Noah Bramlage checks into the game as a freshman and makes his first 3-point attempt. Things were clicking.”


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