Friday, February 6, 2009

Men's Basketball vs. Cornell

Final, Princeton 61, Cornell 41
It's been an impressive one for the Tigers, but there are 11 games to go. Still the Tigers can enjoy this one for a night until Columbia comes in tomorrow.

2:30 2nd, Princeton 53, Cornell 41
Pawel Buczak has matched his career high with 15 points, and Kareem Maddox has eight. That's his most since the Lehigh game on Jan. 7.

3:07 2nd, Princeton 51, Cornell 41
This one's not over yet. Three minutes and 10 points for a team like Cornell is far from impossible, but the Tigers have showed something holding the Big Red at bay so far this half.

3:35 2nd, Princeton 51, Cornell 37
This lead matches Princeton's largest at 14, and Dan Mavraides has joined Pawel Buczak in double-figures with 12 points. Louis Dale is the only Big Red with 10 or more, and he has 10.

6:52 2nd, Princeton 47, Cornell 37
Buczak leads the Tigers with 13 points, but Dan Mavraides has provided nine huge points to bolster his reigning Ivy Player of the Week status.

10:10 2nd, Princeton 39, Cornell 31
Three three-pointers for the 6-10 center Pawel Buczak? Believe it.

12:04 2nd, Princeton 34, Cornell 31
Meanwhile, the Tiger women are holding their lead in Ithaca, which now stands at 13 with 9:38 to go.

12:04 2nd, Princeton 34, Cornell 31
There's no doubt the Tigers want this one. Pawel Buczak dives for a loose ball at center court and calls timeout, avoiding giving the ball back to the Big Red via the possession arrow. The Tigers will have three timeouts the rest of the way.

12:49 2nd, Princeton 34, Cornell 31
Princeton has six fouls to Cornell's three as Nick Lake picks up his third. Lake and Finley (four) are the only players on either team with as many as three.

13:55 2nd, Princeton 34, Cornell 31
We have our first technical fouls of the season at Jadwin Gym, a double-technical on Princeton's Zach Finley, who now has four fouls, and Cornell's Geoff Reeves, who now has two fouls.

16:00 2nd, Princeton 32, Cornell 29
It's a three-point game now, and this stretch will be a huge test to see where the Tigers are. Will they turn back the Cornell run?

17:50 2nd, Princeton 32, Cornell 24
Dan Mavraides cans a three. Will it be a temporary stop to Cornell's run or the resumption of Princeton's first-half surge? Mavraides now has six points.

18:00 2nd, Princeton 29, Cornell 24
It hasn't started out well for the Tigers after the break. They've missed their first two shots and Cornell has made its first two.

Halftime, Princeton 29, Cornell 20
If you told most Tiger fans that Princeton would be up on Cornell by nine at the half, they'd take it, no questions asked. But Princeton's largest lead was 14, and a good team like Cornell is sure to have a second-half run in them. The Tigers are leading on the stat sheet as well, with rebounding (15-11) and turnovers (5-8) being particularly key. Princeton has 14 points off Cornell turnovers. Cornell has just one point off Tiger turnovers.

1:00 1st, Princeton 28, Cornell 17:
The Tigers have to be wary of a little Cornell run to end the first half. Cornell's Louis Dale converted an and-one opportunity and Princeton committed a turnover at the other end. The Tigers got the rebound, however, and are still up by 11.

2:02 1st, Princeton 25, Cornell 14:
No signs of letting up for the Tigers as Sydney Johnson calls a timeout.

3:11 1st, Princeton 22, Cornell 13:
While the Tiger men have expanded their lead, the Tiger women have seen some of their lead slip away in Ithaca. What was a 12-point lead is now four.

4:11 1st, Princeton 22, Cornell 13:
There's a buzz in Jadwin Gym as the Tigers are on a 6-0 run. That's big in a low-scoring game like this one where confidence can play a huge role. The Big Red have won 19 straight Ivy League games, of course, so it'll be interesting to see if the Tigers can keep their foot on the pedal.

6:07 1st, Princeton 16, Cornell 13:
Another three from Buczak for his first-ever game with two three-pointers, and Princeton's lead is three.

6:55 1st, Princeton 13, Cornell 11:
Remember that turnover stat? It's even at 4-4 now, and as a result, we're in a two-point game.

7:51 1st, Princeton 13, Cornell 8:
Nick Lake hits a long, long two to restore Princeton's five-point lead. He has one field goal in each of the three Ivy League games.

9:35 1st, Princeton 11, Cornell 8:
While we have a moment, TigerBlog would like to give a shoutout to Princeton ballboy Greg Price, who didn't miss a note in his saxaphone rendition of the national anthem. He's 11 years old, and he didn't even get rattled when Cornell fans yelled "RED!" during the "rockets' red glare" line. Good job, Greg.

11:24 1st, Princeton 11, Cornell 8:
We've reached the second timeout on the floor. Turnovers seem to be the key stat so far in a tight game, with Cornell committing four to Princeton's two.

13:00 1st, Princeton 9, Cornell 4:
Pawel Buczak hits his fifth three-pointer of the season (he's 5 for 14) to put the Tigers up five. Not a bad rate for a 6-10 center.

15:26 1st, Princeton 4, Cornell 4:
Princeton took a 4-0 lead on back-to-back baskets but have missed back-to-back shots as Cornell tied it up.

The matchup between the last two Ivy-undefeated teams is about to begin. It's the usual starting five for Princeton: Douglas Davis, Marcus Schroeder, Kareem Maddox, reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Dan Mavraides and Pawel Buczak.

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