Prince­ton sweeps sea­son se­ries form ri­val Penn

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Kyle Franko [email protected]­tu­ry­media. com @kj_franko on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA >> There was no sense of sat­is­fac­tion for Prince­ton af­ter win­ning its Ivy League opener against Penn last week­end.

It needed to re­peat the feat since the two arch ri­vals were play­ing a rare home-and-home to tip off the con­fer­ence cam­paign.

Devin Can­nady scored 20 points, Rich­mond Aririgu­zoh added 17, in­clud­ing a huge bas­ket late in the se­cond half, and the Tigers edged the Quak­ers, 6253, to sweep the sea­son se­ries at the Palestra on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

“(The first game) could have went the other way and we could have come out on the op­po­site end,” said Can­nady, who passed Brian Earl for fifth on the pro­gram’s all-time scor­ing list with 1,458 ca­reer points. “We dou­bled down and worked on the prin­ci­ples and de­tails. For the se­niors, it was the last time play­ing in the Palestra. Two years ago, we a joy­ous mo­ment in March here, but to­day we needed a win.”

Prince­ton (9-5, 2-0) got a fourth straight vic­tory de­spite a 2-for-19 start from the field and a nine-point deficit just past the mid­way point of the first half. The Tigers made up for their tough shoot­ing by out-re­bound­ing the Quak­ers, 55-34, and grab­bing 16 of­fen­sive boards. They also played steady de­fense them­selves, hold­ing the hosts to 32.8 per­cent from the floor.

“We had to come up with those boards,” said Aririgu­zoh, who fin­ished with nine re­bounds to go with his 17 points. “For me per­son­ally, I know we could’ve done that bet­ter last game. I have to work these guys a lit­tle bit bet­ter, play a lit­tle bit harder, es­pe­cially when shots aren’t fall­ing in the first half.”

Aririgu­zoh showed once again why he’s be­come one of the Tigers’ most in­dis­pens­able play­ers. The 6-9 ju­nior cen­ter out of Tren­ton Catholic Academy con­verted one of the game’s big­gest buck­ets when coach Mitch Hen­der­son drew up a play for him to at­tack Penn big man AJ Brodeur out of a time­out.

Aririgu­zoh con­verted to give Prince­ton a 56-50 ad­van­tage with 1:22 re­main­ing.

“With six and a half min­utes left, the game was in the bal­ance and we had a lit­tle bit of a lead, but it wasn’t com­fort­able at all and he had his fourth foul,” Hen­der­son said. “We didn’t have him in the game and he was sort of inch­ing his way to­ward the scor­ers’ ta­ble and I wouldn’t put him in. Then we put him in and he im­me­di­ately gets that call and it’s like pop, pop, pop … wham. I thought that was a huge part of the game.”

Aririgu­zoh av­er­aged 18.5 points, eight re­bounds and shot 69.5 per­cent in the two games.

“He’s been play­ing amaz­ing,” Can­nady said. “His work ethic is fan­tas­tic. The stuff he did in the sum­mer, I’m so proud of him. The way he guarded Brodeur, the way he’s scor­ing on of­fense, it makes us so much bet­ter.”

Myles Stephens scored 10 of his 13 points in the se­cond half, all of which came dur­ing a six-minute stretch when he net­ted 10 straight Tiger points. His layup with 4:28 re­main­ing capped an 8-0 spurt gave Prince­ton a seven-point lead.

“He un­der­stands the suc­cess that he’s had in the past in the Ivy League and guys are go­ing to have a hard time guard­ing him, but his fo­cus and will­ing­ness to do things he didn’t in the past for the team has made leaps and bounds for our pro­gram,” Can­nady said. “He had a dou­ble-dou­ble and is play­ing fan­tas­tic. He was at the free throw line, and I was like, ‘Myles, just like fresh­men year when we played in over­time against them.’”

Brodeur led Penn (106, 0-2) with 16 points and 12 re­bounds and An­to­nio Woods chipped in 12 points. The Quak­ers lost their fourth in a row and have Big-5 games against Tem­ple and Saint Joseph’s be­fore Ivy play re­sumes.

Prince­ton, mean­while, goes into its exam break atop the Ivy League stand­ings.

“It starts with the up­per­class­men be­cause they’re re­ally con­nected,” Hen­der­son said. “Their nose is for­ward and I think this league is a se­nior-driven, lead­er­ship-driven league.” NOTES >> Hen­der­son’s not wor­ried about fresh­man point guard Jaelin Llewellyn de­spite his re­cent shoot­ing slump. Llewellyn was 1-for-9 from the field and is now 12-for-66 (18.1 per­cent) in his last five games. “All that mat­ters is your team is win­ning and you (took) that charge,” Hen­der­son said. “He went up in the air and con­tested the ball re­ally nicely, he made a cou­ple free throws. He’ll keep work­ing at it.” ... Free throw shoot­ing con­tin­ues to haunt Penn. The Quak­ers were 7-for-13 from the line, while the Tigers hit on 19-for-21 . ... Stephens and Can­nady both fin­ished with dou­ble-dou­bles . ... Prince­ton re­turns to ac­tion on Jan. 27 against Divi­sion III Wes­ley.

JOHN BLAINE — FILE PHOTO — FOR THE TRENTONIAN

Mitch Hen­der­son’s Prince­ton team is 2-0 in the Ivy League af­ter sweep­ing the sea­son se­ries with Penn on Satur­day.

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