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12-05-18 09:46 PM - Post#268175    

St. Joe's one that one more than Princeton lost it. Their reaction when their big gun Brown went out with the injury was impressive, especially of course the PG who scored all of his 22 in the second half. They have four or five very good two-way starters. They made a lot of shots while closely guarded as well as moving the basketball to find easy shots toward the end of the game when the Tigers were chasing.

Obviously this one was lost more on the defensive side for Princeton than the offensive side, but it is frustrating to watch long stretches of players standing around and only the odd pro-forma cut through the defense, more like a clear out than a serious effort to get open and score. Stephens showed some sparks of improved passing that need to be kindled. Aririguzoh keeps getting better as a scorer and he already could pass pretty well. Derosier showed signs of life shooting threes. Much couldn't finish but looked much more alive this game than the last few. Cannady continues to be worth the price of admission and Morales was active and productive.

The Hawks seemed to get every 50-50 ball and looked much more "professionally" physical than did Princeton, knowing just how to push off without getting called. The man defense continued to only work when the Tigers could get deflections or steals; otherwise there were good looks most of the time. The matchup zone and zone were a little better, but there were enough blown slides and switches that St. Joe's picked up deadly open threes. We needed them to miss but they didn't.

The first half was promising and the mini-run to cut it to six in the second half was mildly encouraging, but Princeton will need to be much better if they want to have much fun in the next few games.


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