OTTAWA — The Princeton Tigers went on the road Tuesday night to face former NCIC foe Ottawa. It was a tough night for Princeton, who never held a lead in the game. At the final buzzer the score was 58-41 with the Pirates on top.
“I thought we played hard. We had a good stretch in the first half. We cut the lead down to four. I thought the three just before halftime was a killer,” Princeton coach Jesse Brandt said. “Obviously, the first three minutes of the second half we didn’t get to the rim. We shot the ball poorly, turned it over and they got easy transition baskets. That four-minute stretch from the end of the second quarter into the first three minutes of the third quarter was definitely the ball game for sure.”
Austin Mack was the Tigers’ leading scorer with 12 points. John Carroll led the Pirates with 17 points.
Ottawa took an early lead and never relinquished it. At the end of one, the Pirates were up 15-7.
In the second quarter, Princeton tried to make a game of it. Mack scored eight points, and got some help from teammate Cole Evenson, who added five. With three minutes to go in the half, Princeton managed to cut the Pirates lead to four points. But, Ottawa kept plugging away. Nearing the end of the half, the Pirate’s Cody Stokes hit a three to put his team on top 31-21.
The third quarter was more of the same. Princeton turned the ball over too often and when they did get shots, nothing was falling. Near the end of three, the Pirates had built their lead to 24 points. Mack went silent for the Tigers.
About one minute into the fourth, Ottawa stretched its lead to 25 points. Though calls seemed to be going the Tigers’ way, sending them into the bonus early in both halves, they were unable to free throw themselves back into contention.
After the loss the Tigers are now 3-8.