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Live from Levien gymnasium in New York City.  Follow along as Princeton tries to keep its third place (and postseason) hopes alive

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Princeton will have a chance to tie these Lions for third in the league with a win against Penn in three nights

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Columbia dribbles it out and that’s the game!

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And his second to make it 74-64

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Cook hits his first

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For some reason I really want to see Princeton walk out of here with a double digit victory

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And Cook is promptly fouled. 3 seconds left

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Lo lays it in

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And the second to give him 25. Very close to his career high of 26

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Knocks the first down

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Bray draws the foul

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70-62 Princeton, 12.6 left

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Rosenberg with a three and there’s another timeout. Don’t they realize this one’s over?

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And the second. 22 seconds left

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Gets the first

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Princeton safely gets it across midcourt and Cook will shoot a pair

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Weisz rebounds

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Lo wil shoot a one and one

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Misses the second. 30 seconds left and we’ve got a Columbia timeout

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Sinks the first to make it 68-59

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Columbia missed a three and Bray rebounded before getting fouled hard

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It is actually straight ridiculous in here

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Another Princeton turnover

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Lo with a corner three

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He’s subbed out for Cook

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Wilson turns it over as he’s triple teamed

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Timeout

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As well as the second. 67-57 Tigers, minute left

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Makes the first

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Rosenberg draws the foul. Will have a chance to reach double digits here

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Barrett with the layup

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Ball is tipped out of bounds and there’s some confusion. Princeton retains possession

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Wilson has tied his career high from last night with 16

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Timeout Lions, 1:23 left

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Lo knocks down a 3, but its still an 11 point game

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Wilson scores at the other end

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It’s no good and Weisz comes away with it

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Jeff Coby hits his first of the game and draws the foul

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Makes the second. 63-49, 1:45 left

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Bray misses the first. Has not shot well from the stripe tonight

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Princeton now in the double bonus after drawing the foul

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They’ll inbound

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It’s fair to say Princeton has this wrapped up

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62-47, 2:15 left

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Brase rebounds a Sherburne miss and puts it in

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Lo spins in the lane and gets the layup

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Cook hits both

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Sears of Yale sits between them right now

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So Bray has 14 more points than Rosenberg tonight. This could move his avg ppg above Rosenberg’s in conference play

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Timeout with 3:17 left, 59-45 Princeton

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Cook with the block and the Tigers draw a foul on the fast break

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Bray hits a layup with four Lions draped all over him

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Lo drives and makes a tough layup with under 4 to play

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So is the second. 19 for the captain vs. just 7 for Rosenberg.

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First is good

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Bray will shoot a one and one

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Finally playing like the team they appeared to be a couple months ago

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The Tigers not only survived the critical “third quarter”, but as much as doubled their lead

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Princeton timeout up 55-43, 4:41 left

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Osetkowski ties Bray with 17

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Columbia rebounds down 14

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Sorry, the website logged me off for some reason. Sherburne split a pair, Osetkowski dunked and its Princeton ball

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Cook grabs the long rebound and Princeton can again eat up clock

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Tigers use the whole shot clock but cant convert

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Bray rebounds

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Brase misses the front end. Columbia ball

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54-39 Princeton, 7:14 to play. Tigers on a 5-0 run

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The Lions foul on defense and we’ve got a timeout

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Brase rebounds a Rosenberg miss. Columbia needs easy shots like that to fall if they’re gonna stay in this one

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Wilson knocks down the three! 16 point Tiger lead!

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Great passing from Princeton results in a spinning layup for Bray. He’s got 17

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And they’re called for a walk

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Weisz mistimes a reverse. Columbia ball

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Osetkowski can’t get the wide open layup. Princeton strips him

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He’s alright though. Columbia rebounds

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Osetkowski blocks Bray as he’s in the air and the captain collapses to the court

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Princeton ball after a quick Columbia turnover

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Cook misses a three. No attempt at a rebound for Princeton

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Brase rebounds after a lengthy possession

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They force a quick turnover

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Frankoski with a 3 for Columbia. Trying to find a spark

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4 assists for Bray, 3 this half

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Bray has 15, Wilson 11. Osetkowski with 15, Lo with 10

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Princeton has closed the rebound gap to -2

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Columbia 4-9. Will inbound the ball after this timeout

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Princeton 5-11 this half.

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49-36 Princeton, 12:10 left.

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Timeout, finally! This game is hectic!

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Princeton immediately responds with its own three

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Which leads to a Lo three. 46-36

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But he commits the turnover

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Weisz with another rebound. He had a career high 12 last night

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Whatta perfectly designed inbounds play: swung out to the three, Sherburne drove, assisted Bray underneath for the bucket and a foul, which he hit

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Princeton draws the foul on the other end. Ref receives boos

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Rosenberg misses as the shot clock expires

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The ball shoots out of bounds. Last touched by the Tigers apparently

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Princeton shot 1-5 in the first four minutes of this half, but have since heated up.

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43-33 Princeton, 14:02 to play

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Wilson with a big three to push the lead to 10 and we’ve got a Columbia timeout

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Weisz corrals the rebound

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Bray with a sweet lefty layup. His first points of the half

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Brase misses and rebounds

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And then turns it over

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gets the steal as well

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Lo hits a layup

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And the second. Good FT shooting for both teams this half

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Hits the first

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Brase will shoot two

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Princeton timeout

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Full capacity crowd here…although Levien is only about as big as a high school gym. Still loud, though

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Hits the second. 16 minutes left

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Hits the first to make it 36-30

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Rosenberg draws the foul

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And his second

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Brase knocks down his first free throw

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This game matters at least as much for Columbia, since it can secure a second place tie and possible postseason berth with a win. They’re also one win shy of 20 on the season

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Foul on the Lions and its Princeton ball

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Weisz cannot answer and its Columbia ball, 34-29

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The big man Osetkowski hits an improbable three and gets the crowd going

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Brase with a catch and shoot off the inbounds, but it’s no good. Lions ball

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Rosenberg called for the foul

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He rebounds on the defensive end as well

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He skied so high and threw it down with two hands right over the Columbia defender

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Cook with a monster jam off the inbounds

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Barrett with the shimmy and near layup. Cook can’t get the tip in. The ball finally ends up out of bounds, last touched by the Lions

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Second half is underway. Columbia opens with a bucket

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Wilson has 8 on 3-4 shooting, Barrett has 7 on 3-5

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Bray and Osetkowski tied with 10 apiece. Osetkowski has 5 rebounds too. Bray has 2 steals

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Columbia dominating the glass, with 22 rebounds to Princeton’s 15, despite Princeton having 20 opportunities for a defensive rebound to Columbia’s 15

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Princeton shot 13-28 in the half, Columbia 10-30. Big difference maker was 3-8 from deep for the Tigers vs 0-9 from the Lions

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Do note that Princeton held a similar 33-25 lead at the half in Jadwin a month ago, before losing 53-52

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Cook follows Bray’s miss with a putback! 32-24 Princeton at the break

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10 seconds left for Princeton

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30-24 Princeton, 20 seconds left

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But Weisz responds with one of his own.

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Columbia TO

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Barrett gets a wide open three, which he does not miss

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Luckily he misses and Miller rebounds

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Osetkowski asserts his dominance down low. Princeton does not have an answer for him

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But Cook is promptly called for a travel

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Miller grabs the defensive board in traffic

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Bray reaches double digits with a layup underneath

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Now Princeton ball after a miss

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Columbia ball after the timeout

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The offensive foul called on Columbia and the crowd reacts unfavorably

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So is the second. 25-22 Princeton, 4 minutes left in the half

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First is good

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Wilson will shoot the free throws in Brase’s place

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Osetkowski is 6-10 265 pounds, a large man to say the least

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His back appears to be hurt. Princeton cannot afford to lose such a key player

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Brase pumpfakes and practically tabletops Osetkowski. The German is down

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Cohen makes it a one point game with his layup

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Princeton worked it around for quite a while on that possession, but couldn’t find a good look and missed

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Osetkowski is found open underneath to extend the Columbia run to 6. Princeton timeout

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Princeton misses a tough layup

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Osetkowski puts in another, he’s got 6

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Isaac Cohen answers for the Lions

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Barrett lays it in after a timeout. 23-14

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Miller picks up the foul on the other end

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Sherburne misses the layup and slides out of bounds. no call

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And the second. 21-13 Princeton, under 8 left

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Rosenberg fouled after rebounding his own miss. hits the first

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Rosenberg rejected!

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Bray finds Wilson below the basket for a reverse. The passing lanes are wide open tonight for Princeton

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Princeton is 8-16 thus far, Columbia 5-16

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The Columbia band plays the Game of Thrones theme song during the timeout. Damn I’m hyped for season 4

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Lo finds the lane but can’t hit. Bray, however, finds the rim to be his friend and draws the foul as well

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17-11 Tigers, under ten to play in the half

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Hits the second for his 6th point

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A rare FT miss for the captain

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Wilson whips it crosscourt to Bray, who draws the foul on the drive

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Clay Wilson, coming off a career best 16 last night, drives aggressively to the rim and gets the basket

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Rosenberg misses on the other end. That’s only his second shot of the night

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Sherburne gets the layup on the inbounds play

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Weisz grabs a tough rebound inside and draws the foul

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They miss and foul on the rebound.

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12-11 Princeton, 12:30 left in the half. Lions ball

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Center Osetkowski throws one of the ugliest shots I’ve ever seen…right into the basket

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Sherburne just misses a runner

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Big #23 catches the missed shot and scores for Columbia

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Bray hits a three out of the break

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Here’s the deal with Princeton’s postseason chances: They sit at 130th in RPI. The NIT in theory takes teams 68-90, and the CBI gets the next 16. There’s a chance the Tigers could reach that territory with two wins

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Princeton foul and we’ve got a timeout

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Bray gets the backdoor bounce pass and gets the reverse…vintage Princeton

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Lo ties it with his 5th point of the game

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Weisz mistimes his jump and can’t grab the defensive board

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Barrett’s three is no good

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Columbia rebound. Bray and Rosenberg are actually guarding each other on defense, which will certainly be the matchup to watch

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Hits the second. 7-5 Tigers

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first is no good

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Lo’s 3 is blocked, but he gets the ball back and draw’s the game’s first foul call

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Weisz almost gets a fantastic reverse to go

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Another Columbia turnover

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Weisz kinda chucks one up under the basket, to no avail

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Lo of Columbia hit a layup

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And Brase sinks the three. Tigers are hot early, 7-2 two mins in

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Cook grabs the defensive rebound

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He broke out of a slump with 21 at Cornell last night

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Barrett with the steal and bucket on the break

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Bray right back at him

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and they turn it over. Rosenberg with the game’s first points on the other end

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Tigers control the tip

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Bray, Weisz, Barrett, Cook, and Brase start for Princeton, as usual

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The Lions were led, as they have been all year, by forward Alex Rosenberg, who had 22 points. He’s averaging nearly 20 per game in conference, a point better than Princeton’s Bray

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Columbia is coming off its own blowout, a 74-55 win over Penn. They were also hot from three, shooting 48% (12-25)

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Princeton’s shooting was a season high, as were its 23 assists. The 91 points and margin of victory were also season bests, albeit against one of the worst D1 teams

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The Tigers shot a ridiculous 64.2% from the field and 60.9% (14-23) from three, while holding the Big Red to 33.3% and 26.3%

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Princeton is coming off arguably its most dominating performance of the season last night, a 91-51 win over Cornell in Ithaca

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