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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Princeton Gameday: vs. St. Joseph's

Who: St. Joseph’s (4-4) at Princeton (4-4)

When: Wednesday, 5 p.m., Jadwin Gym

TV/ Radio: ESPNU/ WPRB 103.3 FM

Last Time Out: Princeton def. Liberty, 67-64; St. Joe’s def. Drexel, 72-71

Series History: Princeton leads 8-7

Background: The Tigers kick off a crucial three-game non-league stretch against similar opposition on Wednesday when the Hawks visit Jadwin for the return game of a home-and-home that began last season when Princeton travelled to Philly. The Tigers follow up with a pair of tricky road games next week at Bucknell and Monmouth.

Mr. Assist: Spencer Weisz isn’t listed as a point guard, but as coach Mtich Henderson has said on more than one occasion, the senior from Florham Park might as well just be one. Weisz dished out a career-best 13 assists (he also scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds) in the win at Liberty. The Tigers are coming off a contest in which they shot 45.9 percent from long range. That number includes a season-high 17 made 3-pointers.

No Brase: Senior forward Hans Brase’s Princeton career is over. Brase re-injured his right knee, the same one that cost him all of last season, late in the first half of the team’s loss at VCU. Brase was just starting to find his rhythm when the injury occurred, making it a significant loss for the Tigers. Working in Princeton’s favor is that the players who went 22-7 without Brase last season is the same, so senior Pete Miller should transition smoothly back into the starting lineup.

Scouting St. Joe’s: Phil Martelli’s club snapped a four-game losing streak when it held on to beat city-rival Drexel by a point. The Hawks graduated their top three scores from last season’s Atlantic 10 championship team and had another, James Demery, go down with an injury i the season opener. That left Shavar Newkirk to pick up the scoring load, which he’s done to the tune of 21.1 points per game.


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