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Princeton Knocks Down 10 Treys to Move Past Flames
The Liberty men's basketball team stepped into Princeton's Jadwin Gym, Monday night, looking to avenge last year's 80-74 loss to the Tigers. Unfortunately for the Flames, Princeton capitalized from long distance, knocking down 10 three-pointers to garner the 65-47 decision.
With the defeat, Liberty falls to 5-7 on the season, while Princeton moves to 5-8. The Tigers are now 2-0 against the Flames.
Steven Cook paced Princeton with a game-high 16 points, followed by Spencer Weisz, who chipped in 13 tallies.
Liberty shot 37.5 percent from the field (15-of-40), while the Tigers finished with 41.7 percent. The Tigers' 10 treys allowed them to outscore Liberty from the perimeter, 30-3. Despite forcing 14 turnovers, Liberty committed 21 in the contest, helping Princeton take advantage of points off turnovers, 27-11.
Averaging nine three-pointers coming into the contest, the Tigers displayed their long-range game early. With Liberty trailing by one (8-7) after a three-point play by Johnson, Princeton knocked down a trio of treys over a span of 2:44 to go on a 9-2 run.
Liberty responded with a 9-2 burst of its own, highlighted by six points from Andoh. After Peter Moller capped the run with a jumper, the Tigers posted their fifth three-pointer of the game to increase the advantage to four, 22-18, at 7:22.
The Flames knotted the contest (23-23) at 4:34 courtesy of two Moller free throws. Princeton outpointed Liberty 8-4 in the final minutes of the half, tacking on two more three-pointers to take a 31-27 lead into the locker room.
Andoh paced all players with eight points and five boards in the period. Princeton had four players finish with six points – Cook, Amir Bell, Weisz and Aaron Young.
Liberty finished the first half shooting 47.6 percent (10-of-21), compared to 44.0 percent (11-of-25) for the Tigers. Princeton knocked down seven three-pointers in the stanza, while the Flames managed one attempt from downtown. The Tigers took advantage of Liberty's nine turnovers, outscoring the Flames off miscues, 11-3.
Princeton took a 10-point lead at the 14:07 mark of the second half. Liberty climbed within four until Weisz's third trey of the contest at 11:40 boosted the advantage back to seven. The Tigers tacked on two more baskets and a pair of free throws to complete a 9-0 run. Johnson halted the hot streak with two tallies from the foul line, making it 53-42 with 7:53 remaining.
The Tigers continued to pull away in the remaining minutes, going up by as much as 19 en route to the 65-47 final.
Liberty returns to action on Sunday, playing host to Cincinnati Christian. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m., with the contest streaming live on the Big South Network.