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Liveblog: Princeton vs. Penn

The men’s basketball team begins the “Fourteen-Game Tournament” that is the Ivy League season tonight with a trip to the Palestra to face rival Penn. The teams have had opposite seasons so far, with the Quakers winning just two of their first 12 games and the Tigers (11-2) off to their best start in recent memory. Still, in the Ancient Eight, anything can happen when these two teams, which have 47 Ivy titles between them, face off. The ‘Prince’ is here on the liveblog to bring you all the action.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:46 pm

Question: “How much margin is there now [in Ivy play]?”
Henderson: “What do you think?”

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Henderson: Tigers planned on Nelson-Henry playing, still couldn’t contain him

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Henderson: “We gotta come out ready to go, every night. We didn’t do that tonight and Penn punched us in the mouth early.”

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:42 pm

Henderson on rebound differential: “That’s crushing … they crushed us.”

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Bray: “The guy made a great play, got his hand in there, just enough” to break up Princeton’s last chance to score.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:41 pm

Each coach as been asked about Penn’s press, neither thought it worked.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:40 pm

Henderson: “It’s a credit to the way they prepare themselves, and I’ve gotta take a look at the way we prepare our team.”

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:38 pm

Coach Allen on his team’s unforced errors: “It’s not hot potato.” To be fair, both teams looked like they thought it was at times.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:33 pm

Penn’s Darien Nelson-Henry: “I looked at this game as the biggest game of the year.”

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:30 pm

The Tigers were 6 of 21 from three point land. They had 10 more takeaways than Penn and 5 more steals, but they just weren’t hitting their shots.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:18 pm

How many people in this building honestly expected that? Sometimes you have to marvel at Ivy League basketball, though I bet that’s not what most Princeton fans are thinking right now.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:17 pm

Tigers lose, 77-74. Wow.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:16 pm

First is good

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Pass bungled, Koon quickly fouls Dougherty, who will shoot 2 with a second remaining.

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And here we go…

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:15 pm

TO Princeton with 4.2 left

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Tigers have 5 seconds to make something big happen

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It’s good.

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No matter what happens on the next shot, the Tigers will need their second miracle basket of the night.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:13 pm

TO

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Penn up 1

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:12 pm

Cartwright fouled shooting with 5 seconds left

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Here we go. Quaker ball, 19.8 seconds left

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:11 pm

The way he’s been shooting, Barrett was sort of due to make a 3, especially in that situation. It’s been the Tigers’ bread and butter all year.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:10 pm

It’s tied up with 19.8 remaining!

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:10 pm

FROM WILL BARRETT!

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:10 pm

AND THEY GOT IT!

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Tigers need a trey now

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It’s good! Penn up 3

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:09 pm

It’s good. Penn up 2, Lewis gets another

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Lewis shooting 1-and-1

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:08 pm

Both coaches having words with the zebras during this protracted TO

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It’s taken the refs a long time to sort this out.

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Barrett got the rebound and tried to put it up from right under the basket, but.. well, I don’t know how it happened, but there was a large pile of basketball players.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:06 pm

Brase called for a foul

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28.7 seconds left, Tigers still down 1

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:05 pm

Pileup under the basket – Tigers missed a shot and failed to get another one off

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:04 pm

The Quakers have had the ball for quite some time. Tigers get it back now with 45 seconds left

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:04 pm

Under a minute to go, Tigers still down 1

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Penn running down the shot clock. They don’t get a basket but the ball goes out and the refs say it was on Princeton.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:03 pm

First one bounces in, Penn gets the board. 72-71 Penn with 1:45 to go

Stephen Wood January 11, 20148:02 pm

Lewis at the line shooting 2

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Tie ballgame! Weisz’s steals help the Tigers to an 8-0 run. It’s 71-71 with 2:10 to go

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:59 pm

Foul shots have made a huge difference in this game, as the Tigers have been keeping it close despite less-than-stellar shooting numbers.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:58 pm

Weizs with the steal, Hazel with the dunk! Tigers down 2 with 3:04 to go

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Makes both. Princeton 67 Penn 71, 3:26 remaining

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Bray trying to make something happen down low, gets fouled. The crowd seems to think that perhaps he was not fouled. Shooting 1-and-1

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:56 pm

Brase swishes both! Princeton 65 Penn 71, 3:56 remaining

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Brase shooting 2

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It’s been getting pretty loud in here over the last few minutes, thanks largely to the Penn band.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:53 pm

Hicks adds 2 more. 71-65 Penn

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With 4:34 to go, Penn leads 69-63

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:48 pm

Lewis with the 3, Bray answers with 2. Tigers down 65-63

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:47 pm

Barrett misses a 3 that would have put the Tigers up 2.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:47 pm

Misses the first, sinks the second and third. Princeton 61 Penn 62, 6:50 remaining

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:46 pm

Barrett called for a foul. Harrell will go to the line for three shots. Princeton 61 Penn 60, 7:04 remaining

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:45 pm

The Tigers’ last lead was 6-5 with over 16 to go… in the FIRST HALF

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And there it is! Hazel puts the Tigers up for the first time since early in the 1st half

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Princeton gets a jump ball with 7:46 to go and a chance to take the lead.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:44 pm

It’s now a one-point game!

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:44 pm

… and the second. That’s why they call him T.J. Bray

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:43 pm

Bray sinks the first.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:41 pm

Media TO. Princeton 57 Penn 60, 7:58 remaining

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Barrett with a beautiful jumper, Koon with a nice defensive board, Bray fouled shooting.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:40 pm

Princeton 55 Penn 60, 8:48 remaining

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:39 pm

Barret has just 2 3′s today, both in the last few minutes.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:38 pm

Barret with another 3. Princeton 55 Penn 58

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Hicks is fouled shooting and makes it, along with his foul shot. Princeton 52 Penn 58, 9:37

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:36 pm

Hazel misses a 3

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Cameron misses a straightforward jumper, then the Quakers airball a 3-point attempt. The vibe here has changed significantly.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:35 pm

TO. That was the first time we noticed the Princeton fans in the crowd, but now that we look around it turns out there are a lot of them.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:34 pm

Tight D from the Tigers and the Quakers fail to get a shot off on the ensuing possession. Bray comes right back with a layup. Princeton 52 Penn 55, 10:47 to go

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:33 pm

Penn’s not afraid to try some football-length passes, but that one got picked off and Barrett hit a trey seconds later. Princeton 50 Penn 55

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:32 pm

11:58 to go after the media timeout

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:32 pm

I was trying to put my finger on what felt so different about this place and then it hit me: unlike Jadwin, this is a normal basketball arena, one with no looming void behind the far-side bleachers. Sort of nice.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:28 pm

Failed alley-oop and possibly a missed goaltending call… call it good defense for the Tigers.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:27 pm

He sinks them both. Princeton 47 Penn 55

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:26 pm

The teams trade missed 3′s, Koon is fouled, shooting 2.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:25 pm

Brase may have just gotten fooled by the Penn crowd faking the expiration of the shot clock. He misses a 3, Hicks brings it back down the court for 2. Princeton 45 Penn 55

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:23 pm

Bray with a layup. Princeton 45 Penn 53

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:23 pm

After watching this game for a half, I do understand it’s pretty hard to win at the Palestra, regardless of Penn’s record.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:20 pm

Nice 3-pointer from Weisz, but then the Tigers turn it over on an errant pass. Sloppy play to start the second half. With 15:22 to play, it’s 53-43 Quakers

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:16 pm

Brase’s putback stops the bleeding a little. Tigers 40 Penn 49

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:16 pm

Brase’s putback stops the bleeding a little. Tigers 40 Penn 49

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:09 pm

And, to answer the question which was posed to me at half time: yes, the Daily Princetonian is older than the Daily Pennsylvanian.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:09 pm

Two straight baskets for Penn. Tigers 38 Penn 47.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20147:08 pm

Fran Dougherty and Darien Nelson-Henry came up huge for Penn in the first half, combining for 25 points.

Stephen Wood January 11, 20146:59 pm

So after much technical difficulty, we’re live from the Palestra, where the Quakers lead 43-38 at the half.

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