Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Men's Basketball vs. South Carolina

A final, 84-58 South Carolina. The Tigers will be home again Wednesday, Dec. 10 against Rutgers.

3:29 to go
At the last media timeout, South Carolina holds an 80-49 lead. The opposite of last season, when Princeton had all six of its wins at home, the Tigers are 0-3 at home this season and 2-0 on the road. Fortunately, going by that stat, Princeton's next game is on the road at St. Bonaventure Saturday. South Carolina will extend the SEC's record in Jadwin Gym to 2-0, following up on Vanderbilt's win here in 1985.

5:12 to go
As South Carolina extends its lead to 30 at 75-45, turnovers are the stat of the game. Princeton has a season-high 26 to South Carolina's 14.

5:54 to go
While Davis is still on 13 and Finley on 8, the Gamecocks have run their lead to 26 points at 71-45. Princeton's previous high for points allowed on the season was 61 last Wednesday to Fordham, but the Tigers won 73-61.

9:42 to go
A fancy move for Davis down the lane brings him to 13 points, but the Tigers are still down by 20, 61-41.

12:10 to go
Max Huc makes his first appearance, and Zach Finley re-enters the game, looking for a possible season-high point total with another bucket. For the team, however, it's South Carolina 55, Princeton 36.

13:24 to go
And there it is, a fallaway jumper for Davis, who now has 11 points. South Carolina 53, Princeton 34.

15:25 to go
Doug Davis banks in a bucket for his ninth point, just one away from reaching double digits once again. South Carolina 47, Princeton 32.

18:18 to go
Nick Lake's three-pointer ends a 17-0 run for South Carolina. South Carolina 40, Princeton 27.

2 minutes until start of the second half.
TigerBlog apologizes for technical difficulties during the first half, but we should be up and running again. The Tigers led briefly at 24-23, but South Carolina ended the half on a 15-0 run. Doug Davis needs a three for his fifth straight double-digit scoring game to start his career, and Zach Finley needs two points to finally break through to double-digits for the first time this season. Finley has scored eight or nine points in three of the four games so far this season.

TigerBlog says hello from courtside at Jadwin Gym, where the Princeton men's basketball team will host South Carolina. It is the Southeastern Conference's first visit to Jadwin Gym in 23 years, since Vanderbilt stopped by in 1985, and just the second visit all-time.

Princeton (2-2) will start the same five players for the fifth straight game, including Pawel Buczak, Patrick Saunders, Kareem Maddox, Doug Davis and Jason Briggs. South Carolina enters at 4-1 after losing 82-80 at College of Charleston in overtime last Friday night.

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