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MU SECOND-HALF PUSH COMES UP SHORT AT PRINCETON

Monmouth sliced the Princeton lead to as little as one in the second half, but the Tigers pulled away late to take a 69-58 win at Jadwin Gym Tuesday.
PRINCETON, NJ – Monmouth sliced the Princeton lead to as little as one in the second half, but the Tigers pulled away late to take a 69-58 win at Jadwin Gym Tuesday. MU was led by freshman Deion Hammond (Mitchellville, MD/Riverdale Baptist) with 17 points and five threes.

Princeton led by as many as 13 in the early stages of the second half, but sparked by Marcus McClary (Linden, NJ/The Patrick School), the Hawks came back. A 10-0 run got the Hawks within three after Hammond and Austin Tilghman (Wilmington, DE/Archbishop Carroll) knocked in back-to-back triples at 10:06. MU then got within one at 52-51 following a pair of McClary foul shots at 5:16, and again pulled it to 57-56 at 3:17 when Hammond sliced baseline to the rim. However, Devin Cannady scored eight points in the final 1:40, including two three pointers, to secure the Princeton win.

The Hawks opened the game on a 16-3 run to jump to the early lead, highlighted by triples from Seaborn and Hammond. Princeton responded with a 15-2 run of their own, with four different players hitting triples to come back and get even at 18 at the 7:50 mark of the opening period. Princeton extended that run to 25-4 to take a 28-20 lead at the 2:48 mark, but Monmouth used a 6-0 run of their own to trim it back to two. Ultimately, Devin Cannady's layup at the buzzer made it 31-26 Princeton at the break.
NOTES AND QUOTES
"Our problems are on the defensive end… we're not together and we have to be better on defense. If I'm guarding my man, I have to know that the guy behind me has my back and we've lost that confidence here." – King Rice

"I think I brought some positive energy because that's something that can help the team get going in the right direction. Coach Rice recruited me to play defense and that's what I try to bring to the table." – freshman Marcus McClary

-Monmouth got 17 points from Deion Hammond on a career-best five threes. It is the third time Hammond had led MU in scoring this year.
-Marcus McClary netted a career-best six points on 2-of-2 from the floor.
-It marked the second time this year MU held its opponent under 70 points (UNC Asheville).
-Diago Quinn worked into double digits for the third time this year.
-Monmouth started its ninth different lineup in 11 games this season.
-The game was Monmouth's first at Princeton since December 2009.

NUMBERS CRUNCH
-Austin Tilghman was Monmouth's top rebounder with eight.
-The Hawks outscored Princeton off the bench 13-12.
-Monmouth guards were a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line.
-The Hawks outshot Princeton from beyond the arc, 47.1% to 38.2%.
-Myles Stephens scored a game-high 19 for the Tigers.
-Three Tigers worked into double digits on the night.

UP NEXT
-Monmouth has its longest stretch of the season with no games, as the Hawks won't play again until December 22 at Yale at 7:00 p.m.
 

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