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Gamecenter: Princeton 49, Lehigh 68

6 January, 2008

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1st 2nd Final
Princeton (2-11) 19 30 49
Lehigh (7-7) 41 27 68
Stabler Arena – Bethlehem, PA Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Lehigh came out and jumped all over Princeton, and the Tigers never seemed to recover. Bryan White got the Mountain Hawks on the board on their third possession, then Zahir Carrington scored on a putback on the next possession, then got a pair of free throws for a 6-0 lead. Noah Savage opened the Tigers’ scoring account with a three, but it would be the only Princeton points of the first eight minutes. Carrington scored on a jumper at the other end, and Marquis Hall dished to Rob Keefer for a layup to put Lehigh up seven. The Hall-to-Keefer combination worked again on the next Lehigh possession, but this time from long range, as the hosts went up by double digits. Less than two minutes later, White scored inside to cap off a game-opening 15-3 run that put the Mountain Hawks firmly in control, as the Tigers would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Key sign it was over A three-point play by Carrington at the 8:47 mark of the second half turned the game into a rout, giving Lehigh a commanding 57-30 lead, making an 11th-straight defeat inevitable for Princeton.
Key performance Princeton simply had no answer inside for Carrington, who abused the Tigers for 27 points on 10-for-15 shooting and was a perfect 7-for-7 at the line. The sophomore also pulled down six boards in 30 minutes.
Key statistic The Tigers outscored the Mountain Hawks from the floor, but Lehigh had a monster edge at the line. The hosts were 23 of 26 on free throws, compared to just 2 of 4 for Princeton.
Notes

– No Princeton player reached double figures in scoring, with Nick Lake and Kareem Maddox tying for the team lead with eight points each off the bench.

– Keefer had a big scoring game in a reserve role, scoring 16 points for Lehigh.

– The Tigers lost the turnover battle 17-11 and were outscored 18-8 in points off turnovers.

– Princeton’s starters combined to shoot just 7 for 25 (28.0 percent), while its reserves were 12 of 26 (46.2 percent).

– Hall had another very quiet offensive night with just one point, missing all five field goal attempts.

– Lehigh now enters into Patriot League play, welcoming American to Stabler Arena on Saturday, January 12, at 7:00 pm ET.

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