Sunday, December 14, 2008

Princeton Men's Basketball at Manhattan

Final: Manhattan 70, Princeton 60

John Comfort has his first career points as he drains a three, making it three Tigers with career highs today along with Davis (27) and Buczak (15).

1:28 2nd
Doug Davis hits a three-pointer to bring Princeton within seven. That's 27 for Davis, a new season and career high. He isn't the game's leading scorer, however, as Manhattan's Chris Smith has 35.

2:50 2nd
Zach Finley picks up his fourth foul and Manhattan goes to the line for two as Princeton has 10 team fouls. Chris Smith hits both for the Jaspers, and it's a nine-point game. Though Patrick Saunders will go to the line for Princeton, time is getting awfully short for the Tigers.

3:02 2nd
Pawel Buczak splits from the line, and Princeton is down seven, 57-50.

3:46 2nd
A long two falls for Davis, giving him 24 points, but the Tigers are still down by eight.

7:00 2nd
Buczak gets baby hook in the lane to go, and the Tigers are within six. With under seven minutes to go, that was likely a key bucket to keep Princeton's chances alive. After a Princeton rebound under the basket at the other end, Dan Mavraides has a layup go halfway down the basket and rim out for a Manhattan rebound. Manhattan 53, Princeton 47.

7:27 2nd
It's an eight-point game at the third media timeout, 53-45 Manhattan, with the ball going to Princeton. A Manhattan player tried to call timeout as he was falling out of bounds, but that's no longer allowed.

8:12 2nd
Just as the Tigers were closing in, Manhattan has hit back-to-back shots to pull away. First came a three-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer, followed by a breakaway dunk by Chris Smith.

9:35 2nd
Davis cans another three, nothing but net, and Princeton is the closest its been all half at 46-43. Davis has 22 points, three off his career high from the season-opening Central Michigan game.

10:37 2nd
Nick Lake splits a pair from the line, and Manhattan leads 46-40. Sydney Johnson calls timeout. The Tigers have two 30-second timeouts and a full timeout remaining.

11:23 2nd
Davis' sweet stroke nails a three-pointer, and the Tigers are back within five. Davis has 19 points.

12:20 2nd
We have our first dunk of the night with Manhattan's Chris Smith doing the honors. Smith leads all scorers with 24 points.

13:16 2nd
Nice fallaway jumper in the lane by Doug Davis with defender in his face, giving him 16 points. Five-point game, but the Jaspers are headed to the line.

14:22 2nd
There's a track here in Draddy Gym, and Jason Briggs just won both the high jump and the long jump in the same leap, clearing the Manhattan bench and the drink cooler behind it to land safely in front of the stands. Still 41-34 Manhattan, however.

15:40 2nd
Pawel Buczak's latest bucket gives him 10, bringing him to double-digits for the second time this season. There must be something Buczak likes about the Bronx, since his season-high 13 came at Fordham.

17:15 2nd
Doug Davis' shooting stroke strikes again, bringing the Tigers back within six at 37-31. Davis now has 13 points.

Shooting percentage is the stat of the half. Manhattan, after hitting 6 of 7 to start the game, finished the half at 56% to Princeton's 40.9%. In a game where Princeton has the rebounding advantage, 15-12, and turnovers are relatively low (Princeton 5, Manhattan 3), hitting five more shots than your opponent makes a big difference. The Tigers have used the line to keep pace a bit, making 5 of 6 to Manhattan's 2 of 7. Princeton hasn't shot more free throws than its opponent in any game this season.

0:00 1st
Though the Tigers cut it to four at the 3:26 mark, they haven't scored since and will take a seven-point deficit into the break.

3:13 1st
Davis adds five more points to get to 10, perhaps restarting a new double-digit scoring streak. Davis had 10 or more in his first five games in a Tiger uniform before struggling in the last two. Manhattan 30, Princeton 26 at the last media timeout of the half.

6:00 1st
That's another layup by Buczak, who leads the team with eight points. But Chris Smith, who now has 15 points, answers on the other end. Manhattan leads 28-19.

6:57 1st
A big offensive rebound and layup by Pawel Buczak marks Princeton's first field goal in more than four minutes. 25-17 Manhattan.

7:31 1st
Manhattan has scored the last three baskets to turn a six-point game into a 10-point lead at 25:15. Timeout, Princeton.

9:58 1st
It's 21-15 Manhattan at the second media timeout.

12:08 1st
Jason Briggs makes one of two free throws to bring Princeton within 17-12. Manhattan has cooled off a bit, missing four of their last five from the field, but the early hot start still has the Jaspers the lead.

14:41 1st
Today's game is being played at Manhattan's Draddy Gymnasium, named for Vincent dePaul Draddy, the namesake for football's Draddy Trophy. Though Manhattan hasn't had varsity football since 1942, Draddy, a Manhattan alum, went on to become the president of the National Football Foundation. The award combines academic honors with on-field performance Princeton's own Brendan Circle '08 was named a semifinalist for the award in his senior year, which since its inception in 1990, has once gone to a player from outside Division I-A/FBS. That was Washington University's (St. Louis) Brandon Roberts in 2002.

16:06 1st
Manhattan 14, Princeton 6. Manhattan has made 6 of 7 from the field to start the game.

18:30 1st
It's Manhattan 7, Princeton 4. The Jaspers aren't missing much early, but Doug Davis, who is looking to recover from making just one field goal in his last two games after his hot start, has Princeton's first field goal.

19:00 1st
Manhattan starts 2 for 2 from the field as Chris Smith makes a three to re-take the lead at 5-2.

One of the Manhattan starters, Chris Smith, is the brother of J.R. Smith of the Denver Nuggets. The Smiths and Princeton aren't far apart, as both Smiths went to Lakewood High just down I-195 from the Trenton/Princeton area. The Tigers have had some famous basketball names in their lineage in recent years, too, with '88 alum and former coach John Thompson III as the son of the national-championship winning Georgetown coach, as well as Nate Walton '01 as the son of Bill Walton.

Hello from Draddy Gym at Manhattan College in the Bronx, N.Y. The Tigers will start the same five as in its first seven games, with Jason Briggs, Kareem Maddox, Doug Davis, Patrick Saunders and Pawel Buczak. The Tigers will look for their third win in the season's first four road games today.

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