banner

College Basketball

more stats

Princeton (21-8) at Fresno State (18-16)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Monday, March 24, 10 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Save Mart Center (15,596) -- Fresno, California. Television: None. CBI Record: Princeton 3-1, Fresno State 1-0. Series Record: Princeton leads, 3-0.

GAME NOTES: The Princeton Tigers make the trek to the West Coast for their quarterfinal meeting with the Fresno State Bulldogs in the seventh annual College Basketball Invitational Tournament.

Princeton, which finished in a tie for third place with Columbia in the Ivy League standings this year, slipped by Tulane in the first round of this event back on March 19 by a final score of 56-55. The win was the sixth in a row overall for the program.

Meanwhile the Bulldogs, representatives from the Mountain West Conference, were also locked in a close call of their own in the first game of this event, but managed to captured a 61-56 win against UTEP on the road last week.

As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Tigers have never been beaten by Fresno State as they meet for the fourth time. The most recent clash took place in Fresno back in 2003, as the visitors secured a 72-67 victory.

The winner of this meeting will advance to the semifinals of the tournament against an opponent to be determined.

With quite a bit of youth along the front line of the starting unit, the Tigers were bound to have some struggles against Tulane in the first outing of this tournament, yet even with Spencer Weisz, Will Barrett and Steven Cook combining to shoot only 3-of-16 from the floor, Princeton still had enough to come back for the win. Shouldering the load for the visitors were Hans Brase with 16 points, T.J. Bray 12 and nine assists, followed by reserve Clay Wilson with 11 points as he knocked down 3-of-5 shots behind the 3-point line.

Bray, a starter in 23 of the 25 games in which he has appeared, is shooting not only 54.5 percent from the floor, but also 41.7 percent behind the 3-point line as he produces a team-best 18.0 ppg. But more than just scoring the ball himself, Bray is more than willing to share the spotlight with teammates, resulting in 129 assists. Brase (11.0 ppg) and Barrett (10.4 ppg) have reaped the benefits of having Bray play unselfishly.

In a game that featured nine ties and 10 lead changes, the Bulldogs clamped down on defense when they needed to most, holding UTEP to only 35.3 percent shooting from the field and 3-of-11 behind the 3-point line, en route to the road win last week. Cezar Guerrero scored a game-high 19 points and added 10 rebounds, not to mention five assists for FSU. Marvelle Harris pitched in with 14 points, shooting a perfect 3-of-3 behind the 3-point line. Making the win even more remarkable was the fact that Alex Davis was held scoreless in just 20 minutes of action before fouling out.

Johnson continues to be the primary focus for the Bulldogs as he leads the group in both scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg), not to mention placing second on the unit with 91 assists over 30 appearances as well. Harris checks in with 14.8 ppg, while Guerrero (12.8 ppg) is generally thought of as a passer out on the perimeter with 127 dishes and not so much someone in the paint who can lend a hand, but after the first game in the tournament Princeton may have to rethink that notion.

Making the trip all the way across the country is by no means an easy trek and it will take something out of the Tigers for sure. Being young in a pressure- filled game will also be an aspect of the meeting that will work against the visitors.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Fresno State 71, Princeton 62

03/24 10:33:53 ET

Other Stories

  • NFL: Tampa Bay at Atlanta

    Thursday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Football Friday with Tom Suiter

    Friday at 11:35 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Maryland at Syracuse

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Alabama

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Larry Fedora press conference

    Today at 11:45 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • Panther Talk with Ron Rivera

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Philadelphia vs. Indianapolis (JiP)

    Tonight at 9:00 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 24
DET 7
Final
TOR 5
TAM 6
Final
DET 6
CLE 4
Final
NYM 0
WAS 3
Final
PIT 7
CHC 3
Final
PHI 4
MIA 5
Final
KAN 4
BOS 8
Final
MIL 9
CIN 2
Final
CWS 4
MIN 6
Final
STL 4
COL 1
Final
TEX 10
ATL 3
Final
ANA 1
HOU 6
Final
SFG 2
LOS 4
Final
SEA 0
OAK 4
Final
ARI 8
SDP 6
Final
BAL 3
NYY 2
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
TOR
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
CIN
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
CWS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
CLE
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
DET
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
LOS
 
9:40pm Tonight
ARI
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
PHI
 
Final
NYG 14
ARI 25
Final
CIN 24
ATL 10
Final
TEN 10
DAL 26
Final
CAR 24
DET 7
Final
WAS 41
JAC 10
Final
BUF 29
MIA 10
Final
MIN 7
NEP 30
Final
CLE 26
NOS 24
Final
SDC 30
SEA 21
Final
TAM 17
STL 19
Final
OAK 14
HOU 30
Final
DEN 24
KAN 17
Final
GBP 31
NYJ 24
Final
SFX 20
CHI 28
8:30pm Tonight
IND
PHI