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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Princeton Gameday: at Stony Brook

Who: Princeton (4-0) at Stony Brook (3-2).

When: Saturday, 2 p.m., Island FCU Arena, Stony Brook, New York.

Radio: WPRB 103.3 FM.

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Fairleigh Dickinson, 91-61; Stony Brook def. Farmingdale State, 91-42.

Series History: This is just the second all-time meeting between the schools. Princeton won last year’s game by 13 at home.

Drive For Five: The Tigers are off to their best start since 1997-98 — head coach Mitch Henderson’s senior year when they opened 7-0 — but face the best team on their schedule to date. This is Princeton’s first trip out onto Long Island since visiting Hofstra in 1979.

Points, Points, Points: Princeton has surpassed 90 on the scoreboard in consecutive games for the first time since 1972. The Tigers have hit the century mark five times under Henderson, which is more than any post-Pete Carril team combined. The Seawolves only allow 56.6 points per game, so if the Tigers reach 90 again, that will turn some heads.

Scouting Stony Brook: If Tigers fans have enjoyed watching Henry Caruso muscle his way around the paint, wait until they get sigh of the Seawolves’ Jameel Warney. The 6-8, 260-pound senior forward out of Plainfield (Roselle Catholic) is a double-double machine. He’s averaging 16.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per contest. SBU only has one Division I victory, over Loyola Maryland, but has played tough in all its losses, including taking Vanderbilt to overtime after leading for most of that game. The other defeat is a one-point setback at Western Kentucky. Guard Carson Puriefoy (14 ppg) can also get hot for Steve Pikiell’s club, which was picked to win the America East.

Scouting Princeton: The Tigers are off to a rocking start, getting contributions from the entire lineup. Caruso had his best game to date in the win over FDU, compiling 27 points and 10 rebounds, but both he and Pete Miller will have their hands full against Warney inside. Steven Cook had a career-best 28 points, connecting on five 3s in last year’s meeting and Princeton may need another effort like that from Cook or guard Spencer Weisz to stay undefeated. Weisz is coming off a 1-for-7 performance against FDU, so the Tigers could use some hot-shooting from him.


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