March 23, 2010

IUPUI - 68, Princeton 74 (2OT)

IUPUI fell for the first time at The Jungle on Monday night, also losing their first ever match up against Princeton University. It took 50 minutes, but the Jaguars finally fell at their home court. Despite out rebounding, out foul-line shooting, and out three-point shooting the Tigers, Ron Hunter's ball club was just too clumsy with the ball (18:4 turnover:assist) and too poor shooting from the floor (23-62 37% FG, 5-14 36% 3P) to take advantage of the sold out and Blacked Out Jungle. Robert Glenn lead all players, tallying 18 points (7-19 FG, 4-4 FT, 0-2 3P), 16 rebounds (career high), 5 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal, and an incredible efficiency rating of 22. Dan Mavraides for Princeton had 18 points (6-13 FG, 4-6 FT, 2-6 3P), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and only 1 turnover.

Senior Billy Pettiford was out after requiring surgery Sunday (appendicitis), so Jon Avery took over as a starter. This was the first time Hunter has taken on a different starting like up all year, and it showed. Normally IUPUI can balance their offense fairly well, mixing in a number of guys on top of the "main" six. However without Pettiford (one of the smartest ball players I've ever seen), IUPUI struggled. Leading for the majority of the game, Princeton was able to tie the game at the half, and finally take a lead at 5:00 remaining in the second half. The Jaguars just couldn't keep up the pace against a steady Tigers club. Every run IUPUI made was met by a fall-off where Princeton would continue to make shots. The Jags finish the season 25-11, 99th in the Basketball State rankings.

Robert Glenn18pts (7-19, 4-4, 0-2); 16reb; 5blk; 2ast; 1stl;
Alex Young 17pts (5-13, 6-7, 1-2); 3reb
Leroy Nobles - 13pts (3-13, 5-5, 2-4; 7reb
John Ashworth - 2pts (1-6, 0-2, 0-4); 2reb; 2ast; 3stl
Jon Avery - 9pts (4-7, 1-2, 0-0); 10reb; 1blk; 1stl
Sean Esposito - 6pts (2-2, 0-0, 2-2)
Christian Siakam - 3pts (1-2, 1-2, 0-0); 5reb; 1blk

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