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Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Week 18

Princeton's T.J. Bray and Spencer Weisz

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Photos courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 14-Game Tournament comes down to one game, or maybe two, as Ivy League men's basketball goes into its final Friday-Saturday back-to-back.

All eyes will be on the Friday night rematch between first-place Harvard (24-4, 11-1 Ivy League) and second-place Yale (15-11, 9-3 Ivy) on the NBC Sports Network. The Crimson can take sole claim of the League title and a third-straight appearance in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship with a win either Friday or at Brown (15-11, 7-5 Ivy) on Saturday night. The Bulldogs can keep their hopes of an Ivy title share alive with a win over Harvard coupled with a victory over Dartmouth (10-16, 3-9 Ivy) and a Crimson loss the following night. If Harvard and Yale come out of the weekend with the same League record, the two teams would meet a third time in a one-game playoff to determine the conference's representative in the Big Dance.

Brown, Columbia (18-11, 7-5 Ivy) and Princeton (17-8, 5-6 Ivy) are looking to close the regular season strong and get in position for postseason consideration. The League enters the weekend with a chance to boast three 20-win teams for the third time in five seasons.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton senior guard T.J. Bray (New Berlin, Wis.) posted all-around efforts to propel the Tigers to wins over Yale and Brown in his final home back-to-back weekend. Bray paced Princeton in both games with 19 points, six rebounds and two assists against the Bulldogs and 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists against the Bears. In the win over Brown, he hit a three-pointer inside of four minutes remaining that ended the Bears’ brief lead and gave Princeton a two-point edge. As it turned out, the Tigers would never relinquished the lead again.

Bray's Statistics for the Week

  MIN FG-A PCT 3FG-A PCT FT-A PCT REB A    B   S   PTS
vs. Yale
35
6-16
.375
2-8
.250
5-6
.833
6
2
1
1
19
vs. Brown
36 5-10 .500 3-5 .600 8-9 .889 7 6 0 1 21
TOTALS 35.5 11-26 .423 5-13 .385 13-15 .867 6.5 4.0 0.5 1.0 20.0

 




ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Princeton freshman forward Spencer Weisz (Florham Park, N.J.) chipped in back-to-back, double-digit scoring performances to help the Tigers to a home sweep of Yale and Brown. Playing in all but six minutes in two games, Weisz went for 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks vs. the Bulldogs and followed that up with 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block vs. the Bears. He has scored in double figures in five straight games, his longest stretch of the season.

Weisz' Statistics for the Week

  MIN FG-A PCT 3FG-A PCT FT-A PCT REB A    B   S   PTS
vs. Yale
38
3-6
.500
2-4
.500
6-6
1.000
7
3
2
1
14
vs. Brown
36 5-8 .625 1-2 .500 2-4 .500 5 2 1 1 13
TOTALS 37.0 8-14 .571 3-6 .500 8-10 .800 6.0 2.5 1.5 1.0 13.5

 




HONOR ROLL

Miles Jackson-Cartwright, Penn (Sr., G - Van Nuys, Calif.)    
11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists vs. Brown
20 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists vs. Yale

Cedric Kuakumensah, Brown (So., F - Worcester, Mass.)    
16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks at Penn
18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks at Princeton

Alex Mitola, Dartmouth (So., G - Florham Park, N.J.)    
10 points, 1 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals vs. Columbia
33 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Cornell

Alex Rosenberg, Columbia (Jr., F - Short Hills, N.J.)    
31 points, 3 rebounds at Dartmouth
10 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists at Harvard

Wesley Saunders, Harvard (Jr., G/F - Los Angeles)    
9 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists vs. Cornell
10 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals vs. Columbia

Justin Sears, Yale (So., F - Plainfield, N.J.)    
22 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks at Princeton
24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks at Penn

Dwight Tarwater, Cornell (Sr., F - Knoxville, Tenn.)    
10 points, 2 rebounds at Harvard
23 points, 4 rebounds at Dartmouth

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, March 7
*Dartmouth at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
*Penn at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Yale, 7:30 pm [NBCSN]

Saturday, March 8
*Harvard at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
*Penn at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]

Tuesday, March 11
*Penn at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]

*Ivy League Contests

KEY:
IVY – Streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network; NBCSN – NBC Sports Network (DirecTV 603, DISH 159, Verizon FiOS 90 [SD]/590 [HD], AT&T U-verse 640 [SD]/1640 [HD])