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TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 03:18 PM - Post#281674    

Two horrendous calls against Myles puts him on the bench less than ten minutes in. That really hurts.
TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 03:26 PM - Post#281675    

Yale is awfully good and we’re just not getting any bounces—or calls. Down 8 at the under 8 minute time out.
TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 03:32 PM - Post#281676    

Once Stevens was called for 2nd phantom foul and Yale started doubling on RA, the Tigers just had no offensive options.
TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 03:50 PM - Post#281678    

Tigers give up 46 points, 61% shooting in what may be their worst defensive half of the year. Yale has some great offensive weapons but the two BS calls on Myles just killed us.
umbrellaman
Masters Student
Posts 414
umbrellaman
03-16-19 03:50 PM - Post#281679    

Defensively too many easy drives to the lane. Maybe mixin a zone?
Vonsid
Freshman
Posts 80
03-16-19 03:51 PM - Post#281680    

If we lose, I don't blame this team.

What I will say though is that the blame for the back half of the season is on Devin Cannady.

I can't get over how disappointed I am in him and how he put this team into the situation they are in.
TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 03:51 PM - Post#281681    

Agreed. Mitch has to try something different if he wants to take a run at this game in the 2nd half.
umbrellaman
Masters Student
Posts 414
umbrellaman
03-16-19 04:00 PM - Post#281684    

I don’t want to minimize the effect of not having Cannady on this team but I’m not sure it would make a difference in the outcome. They lost to Harvard and Yale with Cannady too.
TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 04:12 PM - Post#281685    

Tigers come out scrapping on defense, firing on offense. 12 point lead down to 1 at the under 16. Proud of these guys for how they’ve showed up to play in the 2nd half.
TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 04:25 PM - Post#281686    

Tigers keep rolling. Go up 3!
TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 04:47 PM - Post#281690    

That’s a cr@p call inn stevens. O I wrapped his arm around him!
TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 04:53 PM - Post#281691    

Complete collapse by the Tihgers. Seven point lead to 2 point defecit. Gotta score the ball.
sparman
Masters Student
Posts 955
sparman
03-16-19 05:02 PM - Post#281692    

Why are they not shutting off Copeland and fouling someone else?
TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 05:03 PM - Post#281693    

Why the hell is the ball in Morales hands there?
1LotteryPick1969
PhD Student
Posts 1653
1LotteryPick1969
03-16-19 05:07 PM - Post#281694    

Schwieger proved to be the bigger loss.
TigerFan
PhD Student
Posts 1248
03-16-19 05:11 PM - Post#281695    

Pleasantly surprised by the Tigers’ fight today. They could have just given up in the second half but they came storming back and took a 7 point lead with 5 to play. Yale just had too much firepower once Myles fouled out. Great to see RA come up so big in this game and to see the freshman and sophomores play with so much poise. Princeton should be very competitive next year. Go Tigers!
umbrellaman
Masters Student
Posts 414
umbrellaman
03-16-19 05:22 PM - Post#281697    

Although Cannady might have done a better job keeping Oni in front of him.
umbrellaman
Masters Student
Posts 414
umbrellaman
03-16-19 05:42 PM - Post#281699    

Let me echo that. Showed remarkable heart without two key players and was in position to win until Stephens fouled out. Just too much to ask after that.
gokinsmen
Postdoc
Posts 2676
03-16-19 08:16 PM - Post#281713    

So proud of the guys' effort -- they were the better team today but Yale-friendly refs put Stephens in foul trouble early. Then they had the gall to turn a Oni pushoff into Myles' 5th. That changed the game completely and handed Yale the win on a rusty silver platter.

This is definitely a tainted win for the Bulldogs. They were done for until that 5th foul -- pretty disgusting display by the refs. 5pt lead into a 6pt loss just like that.

That said, I'd be lying if I said we had a better chance of pulling a NCAA upset. I just wish officials had let the players decide the game instead of determining the winner beforehand.

whitakk
Junior
Posts 277
03-16-19 09:20 PM - Post#281721    

My story for PAW:
https://paw.princeton.edu/article/mens-basketba lls...

Such a bummer for Stephens, at least three of his five fouls were really iffy, and that totally changed the game. (Oni had 10 points in ~27 minutes with Stephens playing, 13 in ~9 without him.)

But glad we got to see that second half at least. I always thought this team had a gear like that inside it somewhere.
palestra38
Professor
Posts 22147
03-16-19 09:59 PM - Post#281729    

As someone who was there, the 5th foul on Stephens was an absolute joke. Terrible call.
whitakk
Junior
Posts 277
03-16-19 10:46 PM - Post#281739    

Forgot to mention, Mitch said Princeton is done (not playing in any postseason tournaments).

Reasonable enough given the injuries and weird year, but as the Penn board is discussing it's part of a larger trend -- no team that's played in the Ivy tournament has accepted a CBI/CIT invite.
SRP
Postdoc
Posts 3828
03-17-19 02:48 AM - Post#281749    

Just had a chance to watch it. After a dispiriting first half, marked by unfavorable officiating and Princeton struggling just to survive, the Tigers came out on a rampage in the second half. Fast-breaking, sweeping the boards, forcing Yale into turnovers and rushed shots. It was remarkable--haven't seen anything like that stretch all year. Impressive show of will and heart.

As everyone noted, the last iffy call on Stephens put the Tigers in a very difficult hole. I would have tried some zone, but then I always want to try that. In this case, when Oni and Copeland were driving at will, I might have been right. Not sure it would have mattered, though.

The other thing that impressed me was Llewelyn, who looked like the guy we all heard about before the season. Not just the good shooting (at least from the field) but the passing and decision-makong looked really good. And while nobody could stop Copeland (thank God he's out of eligibility after this season), Llewelyn's D was solid.

Aririguzoh was also fairly awesome, playing with a lot of fouls for much of the game and having to shake off multiple Yalies on most possessions. Stephens played a terrific game under duress, one of his best efforts IMO.

In the end, I sure didn't see Princeton scoring 77 and losing. The bad first-half D and Yale's first-half explosion was just too much to overcome in the end without having Stephens in the game for the whole 2nd half. Can't complain too much about the foul shooting (75%) although I was groaning at the late misses.

All but a few teams end the season with a loss. Not too bad to have that loss end on one of the more inspiring halves of basketball I've seen this season.
Tiger81
Sophomore
Posts 127
Tiger81
03-17-19 08:49 AM - Post#281757    

Well said.

In the second half Princeton played with a pace and cohesiveness that has been missing much of this year. As I was watching the comeback I was thinking that this might be the game that defines the start of the Llewelyn era. He seemed more consistently in control (0 TOs) and dominant than I had seen previously. Losing Stephens was the dagger because there was no answer for Oni at that point and the tide visibly shifted.

Although I would have loved to see Princeton in the final (Harvard looked very beatable vs. Penn), it is only fair that the two co-champs should duke it for the league’s spot in the NCAAs. The women’s final should be a good one too, hoping Alarie, Littlefield, Jordan and Rush bring it vs. Penn.

Myles Stephens will depart as one of my favorite Tigers in a long time. His thrilling put-back against Penn in the semi two years ago is forever etched into my memory. And he brought talent, effort and toughness to every possession on both ends of the floor. A class act who will be missed.

The Tigers will return a solid core of talent next year with Aririguzoh, Llewelyn and Schweiger along with Desrosiers, Much and Morales as reliable and experienced role players. If Gladson returns to form and Wright, Johns or Friberg make a Schweiger-like jump this could be a very deep team. And maybe Colby Kyle, Ryan Langborg or another freshman emerge to crack the rotation?

I’m hoping this year’s good-but-not-great, star-crossed season can lay the foundation for a team that can contend for the league title next year.

1LotteryPick1969
PhD Student
Posts 1653
1LotteryPick1969
03-17-19 11:01 AM - Post#281762    

  • Tiger81 Said:

Myles Stephens will depart as one of my favorite Tigers in a long time. His thrilling put-back against Penn in the semi two years ago is forever etched into my memory. And he brought talent, effort and toughness to every possession on both ends of the floor. A class act who will be missed.




Well said yourself.

I really hate to see him leave, and wish him nothing but the best. He came into the program unheralded and leaves as one of the best all time.
Tiger69
Postdoc
Posts 2372
03-17-19 12:42 PM - Post#281772    

Myles is a class act. For me this was a melancholy season, with many injuries compounding Cannady’s self inflicted wound that he will likely regret for the rest of his life. Myles — and Devin— are among the greats in the Princeton basketball family. They deserved to go out in a better fashion.

As for this game, poor officiating is an old issue and affects everyone. Of much greater importance is that the team played hard down to the wire. If I were a Yale fan, I would have resented having to play this game at all given the Eli’s two regular season convincing wins.

On to next year.
umbrellaman
Masters Student
Posts 414
umbrellaman
03-17-19 02:34 PM - Post#281793    

Regarding Stephens - it was his addition to the starting lineup that made the difference with the 16-17 Tigers. That team was supposed to be a “top of cycle” team with seniors Weisz, Cook, Miller, Caruso and Brase, juniors Bell, Brennan and Young and fellow soph Cannady already established. But with Brase and Caruso going down with injuries, the team didn’t start to take off until Stephens became a starter.



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