Gamecenter: Yale 67, Princeton 56

1st 2nd Final
Yale (10-11, 4-3 Ivy) 26 41 67
Princeton (5-16, 2-4 Ivy) 27 29 56
Jadwin Gym – Princeton, NJ Boxscore
Keys to the Game
Key sequence Princeton looked to be in decent shape after Noah Savage’s three-pointer put the hosts up 50-45 with 7:14 remaining. However, Yale would turn the game on its head with 14 unanswered points over the next five minutes. Nick Holmes answered Savage’s three with one of his own, then after fruitless possessions by each team, Eric Flato got in the act with a three-pointer that put Yale in front by a point. Kevin Steuerer tried to join the club, but his three was off the mark, and Nick Holmes hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-point game. Kyle Koncz misfired on a potential game-tying shot from long range, then Travis Pinick drew a foul and hit one of two at the free throw line. Nick Holmes blocked Steuerer’s layup attempt, then drilled a three at the other end. When Marcus Schroeder missed the front end of a one-and-one, the Bulldogs capitalized with a hoop and harm by Ross Morn to go in front 59-50 with just 2:23 left to play.
Key sign it was over Schroeder and Zach Finley had conventional three-point plays on consecutive possessions — sandwiched around a Caleb Holmes jumper — to give the Tigers some late hope, down five with 47 ticks on the clock. However, Nick Holmes was perfect at the line, then Koncz couldn’t get a three-pointer to fall, and Pinick added two free throws with 31 seconds to go. When Lincoln Gunn’s three was off the mark, Nick Holmes knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 67-56 with 20 seconds remaining, and the game was over.
Key performance Nick Holmes finished with a game-high 18 points for Yale, going a perfect 8-for-8 at the line, and adding five rebounds, an assist, a block, and two steals in 29 turnovers-free minutes.
Key statistic Yale had a massive edge at the free throw line, where it was 23 of 33 (69.7 percent), while Princeton managed just 13 free throw attempts, knocking down 11 (84.6 percent).

– Pinick (11 points), Morin (10 points), and Caleb Holmes (10 points) rounded out the double-figure scorers for Yale.

– Koncz and Finley each scored 12 points to lead Princeton, with Koncz also recording 11 rebounds for a double-double.

– Neither team shot the three well, with the Bulldogs at 4 of 18 (22.2 percent) and the Tigers not much better at 7 of 23 (30.4 percent).

– Yale won the turnover battle 15-8, and had a big 18-7 edge in points off turnovers.

– The first half saw some fireworks, as Nick Holmes was whistled for an intentional foul on Koncz behind a play. Schroeder then was assessed a technical foul for an incident with Matt Kyle. The Tigers came out on top, as Koncz buried both free throws, while Flato only could get one of two for the Bulldogs.

– On Saturday, February 16, Yale will continue its road trip at Penn at 6:00 pm ET in a game that will be televised on ESPN Classic, while Princeton welcomes back alumnus Craig Robinson’s Brown Bears for a 7:30 pm ET tipoff.

Jake Wilson

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