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December 2, 2013

Men's Basketball Weekly Release - Week 5

Complete Men's Basketball Weekly Release in pdf format

Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's basketball builds momentum going into the first full week of December after posting its best week so far in non-conference play.

League teams combined to win 11 of 17 games last week, highlighted by Harvard winning three games in three days take the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout title. It marked the Crimson's second tournament title in three years after winning the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis two seasons ago.

The Ancient Eight has a baker's dozen of contests on the menu this week with all eight teams in action. In a rare occurrence, all eight teams play on the same day -- Saturday, Dec. 7 -- with four teams at home (Cornell, Penn, Princeton and Yale) and four teams on the road (Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth and Harvard).

CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior guard/forward Wesley Saunders (Los Angeles) was the catalyst in convincing week, leading the Crimson to the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout title. Saunders was named Most Outstanding Player as he scored 14 of his team-high 20 points versus Green Bay in the second half after the teams went into the locker rooms tied, adding four rebounds and two assists after the break. He dished out nine assists and grabbed eight boards in the championship game win over TCU.

Saunders' Statistics for the Week

  MIN FG-A PCT 3FG-A PCT FT-A PCT REB A    B   S   PTS
vs. Denver
39
8-13 .615 0-0 .000
3-6 .500 9 3 2 1 19
vs. Green Bay
37
6-12
.500
0-1
.000
8-9
.889
7
2
0
1
20
vs. TCU
33 2-5 .400 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 8 9 1 4 4
TOTALS 36.3 16-30 .533 0-1 .000 11-15 .733 8.0 4.7 1.0 2.0 14.3

 



 

Princeton senior guard T.J. Bray (New Berlin, Wis.) paced the Tigers to wins over George Mason and Bucknell in just his second and third games back from injury. Against George Mason, Bray led the team with 18 points and had 10 assists, the first Tiger in 10 years to notch 10 helpers and the first one in 22 years to do so against Division I competition. Against Bucknell, he co-led Princeton in scoring with 15 points and had a career-high nine rebounds a game after setting a career high in assists. Bray finished the week with only two turnovers in 72 minutes of action.

Bray's Statistics for the Week

  MIN FG-A PCT 3FG-A PCT FT-A PCT REB A    B   S   PTS
vs. George Mason
34
7-10
.700
2-4
.500
2-3
.667
6
10
0
0
18
at Bucknell
38 5-10 .500 3-7 .429 2-3 .667 9 1 0 3 15
TOTALS 36.0 12-20 .600 5-11 .455 4-6 .667 7.5 5.5 0.0 1.5 16.5

 



 

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman guard Robert Hatter (Houston) provided plenty of offense in the Big Red’s three games last week. While shooting 48.8 percent from the floor and 44 percent from three-point range, Hatter scored at least 15 points in each game and matched his career high of six assists in two of them. He opened the week with 18 points, six assists and two rebounds in a loss to Radford, then netted 22 points, including a career-best six three-pointers, at Western Michigan. Hatter ended the week with 15 points, six assists, three rebounds and a steal at Notre Dame.

Hatter's Statistics for the Week

  MIN FG-A PCT 3FG-A PCT FT-A PCT REB A    B   S   PTS
vs. Radford 28 7-16 .438 3-9 .333 1-2 .500 2 6 0 0 18
at Western Michigan
32
7-13 .538 6-11 .545
2-4 .500 4 3 0 0 22
at Notre Dame
30 6-12 .500 1-3 .333 2-4 .500 3 6 0 1 15
TOTALS 30.0 20-41 .488 10-23 .800 5-10 .500 3.3 5.0 0.0 0.3 18.3

 






HONOR ROLL

Nolan Cressler, Cornell (So., G - Pittsburgh)    
9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists vs. Radford
27 points, 1 rebound at Western Michigan
17 points, 9 rebounds at Notre Dame

Javier Duren, Yale (Jr., G - St. Louis)    
14 points, 3 rebounds at Lafayette
10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists at Hartford

Tony Hicks, Penn (So., G - South Holland, Ill.)    
33 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists vs. Niagara
16 points, 4 assists at Lafayette

Rafael Maia, Brown (Jr., F - Sao Paulo)    
16 points, 8 rebounds at Bryant
13 points, 10 rebounds vs. Central Connecticut State

Alex Mitola, Dartmouth (So., G - Florham Park, N.J.)    
19 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists at Maine

Alex Rosenberg, Columbia (Jr., F - Short Hills, N.J.)    
11 points, 3 rebounds vs. American
19 points, 4 rebounds at Elon

Justin Sears, Yale (So., F - Plainfield, Ill.)    
16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks at Lafayette
16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals at Hartford

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 4
Army at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
Harvard at Northeastern, 7 pm
Bryant at Yale, 7:30 pm
Penn at Villanova, 8 pm [FOX Sports 1]

Thursday, December 5
Dartmouth at Northern Illinois, 8 pm

Saturday, December 7
Harvard at Boston University, 1 pm
Brown at American, 2 pm
St. Francis (Pa.) at Cornell, 4 pm [IVY]
New Hampshire at Yale, 4:30 pm [IVY]
Columbia at Bucknell, 7 pm
Dartmouth at IPFW, 7 pm
Wagner at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
Fairleigh Dickinson at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]

KEY:
FOX Sports 1 (DirecTV 219, DISH 150, Verizon FiOS 83 [SD]/583 [HD], Cablevision/Optimum 56 [SD]/769 [HD], AT&T U-verse 652 [SD]/1652 [HD]); IVY – Streamed live on The Ivy League® Digital Network