Philadelphia, PA – The Saint Joseph’s Hawks took down the undefeated Princeton Tigers today in a 74-70 win in Hagan arena. Princeton, ranked 11th in NET, headed into the game with a perfect record of 9-0, looking to continue the steak. For Saint Joe’s, it was an opportunity to notch five wins a row and, in addition, earn a quad one victory.
To say this was a street fight would be an understatement. The Hawks and Tigers traded back and forth in what has to be the best game in college basketball so far this season. Both teams made unbelievable shots, responding to one another in every critical moment.
A chess match, every timeout was an opportunity for Coach Lange and Coach Henderson to adjust their strategy. Coach Lange comes out of timeout with a 3-2 zone, only to back to man coverage when Coach Henderson makes the adjustment in the following timeout. Over and over again, these two adjusted trying to find an edge before the clock ran out.
Luckily for Saint Joe’s, they made the adjustments and stops necessary to be in the lead when the clock ran out. Erik Reynolds II, who finished with 21 points, helped seal the win for SJU with two big free throws with only four seconds left; resulting in a insurmountable four point deficit for the Tigers.
Players of the Game
Princeton’s Xaivian Lee had a fantastic game. The sophomore guard finished 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. With a usage of 34% and efficiency of 17%, he was the driving force for Princeton’s offense. Credit to the Tigers, the entire team played well throughout the afternoon. They jumped to an early lead, sinking three after three to separate from the Hawks. Princeton also responded out of the halftime break, fighting to get back the lead from Saint Joe’s after losing it late in the first half.
However, it wasn’t enough to hold back the performances of Saint Joe’s two leading guards Erik Reynolds II and Lynn Greer III. As mentioned above, Reynolds finished with 21 points, which was a team high. However, Lynn Greer really stuffed the stat sheet, finishing with 18 points, 4 steals, and 6 rebounds.
More Than Just a Stat Line
Finally, I have to mention standout plays from Cam Brown, Rasheer Fleming and Xzayvier (X) Brown. Fleming was a monster on defense, blocking three shots. Note, these were not layups, these were mainly three pointers, where Fleming was able to go all the way out to meet the ball as soon as it left the shooter’s hand.
Freshman Guard Xzayvier…