Princeton Bounces Brown in New Jersey

Brown news release…

Princeton, N.J. – Sophomore guard Steven Cook scored a game high 18 points to pace four Princeton players in double figures and lead the Tigers to a 75-64 Ivy league win over Brown at Jadwin Gymnasium.

The Bears fall to 10-14 overall, 1-6 in the Ivy League, while Princeton improves to 11-11 overall, 4-2 in Ivy play.

Brown senior forward Rafael Maia posted his second consecutive double-double to lead the Bears, scoring 16 points and pulling down a career high 16 rebounds.

Sophomore point guard Tavon Blackmon had 12 of his 15 points in the second half for Brown, while junior forward Cedric Kuakumensah finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots

Cook connected on 7-of-13 field goals and registered the Tigers’ only treys for the game, hitting 3-of-6 shots from beyond the three-point arc. Princeton’s Hans Brase posted a double-double 14 points and a career high 15 rebounds. Spencer Weisz (13 points) and Amir Bell (12 points) also scored in double figures for the Tigers.

The Tigers utilized strong shooting to control the game, shooting 53-percent from the field (27-of-51), while holding Brown to just 34-percent shooting (23-of-66).

Neither team could establish much of a foothold in the opening 20 minutes, with Princeton jumped out to an early eight-point lead, but Brown immediately responding. After six lead changes, the Tigers held a one-point advantage at the half, 30-29, following a lay-up by Cook with three seconds remaining.

The Bears were fortunate to be down by just a point at intermission, and needed the strong play of Maia to keep pace with 12 rebounds and eight points.

Princeton took over the game at the outset of the second half, scoring the half’s first 12 points open up a 42-29 advantage following two free throws by Weisz with 16:35 remaining.

Brown mounted a comeback bid with an immediate 13-6 run to get back in the game, trailing 46-42 with 11:45 left on a lay-up by Maia. The Bears pulled to within three points, 49-46, on a floater by Blackmon.

The Tigers quickly answered the Bears’ run by building a 60-50 lead on a Brase jump shot with 5:35 left in the game, putting the game out of reach.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow, Saturday, February 14, playing the Penn Quakers in Philadelphia.  Tip-off is 7pm at the Palestra.