Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Better Than Bradley Did

TigerBlog is pretty excited about the feature story that he has coming out next week. This is one you'll really like.

And that's all he'll say about that for now. He still has to write it and all, though he interviewed the subject yesterday. 

On some levels, this is a much different story than any of the others he's written. Then again, it also has a similar theme, which is that Princeton Athletics leaves such a lasting impact on the people who compete here.

And that's it for now. 

In the meantime, TB told you the other day that Spencer Gloger had scored more points in a men's basketball game against UMBC than any other Princeton player had prior to the game Monday night.

Granted, there had only been three games before then. And, after Princeton's 89-77 win over the Retrievers, Jaelin Llewellyn now holds the distinction after his 24-point outing, which was two more than Gloger had. 

Princeton had two players with at least 20 points in the game, as Ethan Wright had 20 points and, more impressively, 13 more rebounds, as he now is second in the Ivy League with 8.1 per game. Wright, who is 6-4, gets every loose ball. 

Tosan Evbuomwan had seven more assists. He continues to lead the Ivy League, averaging 5.5 per game. The next best total is 3.7.

TB watched the game Monday on ESPN+, from which he learned that Darnell Rogers of UMBC is believed to be the shortest men's basketball player in Division I history. Rogers, at 5-2, played 32 minutes against the Tigers and had 11 points, two assists and even a rebound. 

Basketball is of course unkind to the short. Pete Carril, all 5-7 or so of him, used to carry around a newspaper clipping of a game from the 1950s when he had 16 rebounds for Lafayette. 

Rogers, whose father Shawnta was the 1999 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year for George Washington, has a career-high of four rebounds, but he does average 12 points per game. That's quite impressive.

The Princeton women lost Sunday to Seton Hall, a team with a guard named Lauren Park-Lane who is listed as 5-6, which TB thinks might be a bit generous. Regardless of what her actual height is, it's clear that she knows how to run a team and knows how to make an impact. In fact, she was a first-team All-Big East selection a year ago.

John Thompson III used to say of Scott Greenman, Princeton's 5-9 guard during JT3's days as head coach, that he's always been 5-9 and so he knows how to play at 5-9. Greenman now, by the way, is Mike Brennan's associate head coach at American.

Meanwhile, back at the stat about the most points a Princeton player had scored against UMBC, that got TigerBlog to wondering two things: First, who holds the record for points in a game against each Ivy League school and second, is Bill Bradley the answer for all seven.

By checking the list of the highest scoring games in program history, TB was able to find out some answers. Bradley has the 11 best single-game totals ever by a Tiger men's player, and from that list, Bradley checks off these schools:

Harvard - 51
Cornell - 49
Columbia - 41
Dartmouth - 39

That leaves Penn, Yale and Brown. So where to start? With Bradley of course. 

His best games against each are here: 

Brown - 38
Penn - 36
Yale - 31

From there it gets a bit tricky, though he does know that Brian Taylor also had a 31-point game against Yale. Maybe he should get the Elias Sports Bureau on this?

TB will do his best to fill in the blanks when he has a little more time. He does know that Bella Alarie, who is currently playing in Spain, had games of 45 against Columbia and 41 against Dartmouth, which is better than Bradley did. 

As he thinks about it, TigerBlog has never typed those words before: Better than Bradley did. 

First time for everything, huh? 

And now it's time to start to get to work on that feature. Like he said, you'll like this one.

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