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PRINCETON, NJ(SMI-SPORTS-UNIVERSITY-03.10-03.12.23)-Four players scored in double-figures as the Princeton men's basketball team defeated Yale 74-65, in the Ivy League championship game to claim the 2023 Ivy Madness crown and punched its ticket to the NCAA at Jadwin Gym, Princeton University.
With the victory, the Tigers earned its second NCAA direct berth under head coach Mitch Henderson, and 26th overall participation in school program history.
Princeton went to the attack from the start and scored 12 unanswered points led by Ryan Langborg who opened the game with a layup and couple free throws. Then Tosan Evbuomwan and Matt Alocco netted back-to-back triples to make it 12-0, in favor of the Tigers with 14:45 remaining in the first half.
Top-seeded Yale answered back immediately with 11-0, run in span of 03:40 to cut the deficit to 12-11, at the 11:08 mark in the clock. August Mahoney led the attack with a triple and a jumper while Matt Kwoling and Danny Wolf netted couple buckets in the run.
Both teams traded baskets during the next 6 1/2 minute, and with the game knotted at 23, and 04:33 left in the clock, the Tigers went in 10-6, scoring spree to regain the lead of 33-29, at the end of the half. After forward Evbuomwan scored a basket with layup, Caden Pierce netted 8-consecutive points with a triple, layup and another three from outside the arc beating the shot clock to send both teams to the locker-rooms.
In the second half, Princeton picked-up where they left off and retained the lead rest of the game. The Tigers went in 18-12, scoring spurt with Tosan Evbuomwan leading the attack with 3-jumpers for a total of six points and three consecutive triples from Ryan Langborg (2) and Zach Martini (1) to make it 51-41, in favor of Princeton with 12:03 remaining in the second half.
The Bulldogs were not done yet and immediately went in a 17-10, run to close the gap 61-58, with 02:54 left in the game. Matt Knowling started the run with couple jumpers, EJ Jarvis scored a layup and couple free throws while Bez MBeng added 6-points with couple jumpers and a triple.
Princeton answered back outscoring Yale 13-7, in the last two minutes of the game with 13-consecutive free throws to sealed the victory of 74-65, over the Bulldogs and secured the 2023 Ivy League Madness crown.
The Tigers were led by Tosan Evbuomwan with 21 points, and Matt Allocco added 15 points including 3-triples. Also Ryan Langborg scored 14 points with 2-triples and Caden Pierce contributed with 12-points including 2 from outside the arc.
Princeton is heading to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2017, and will face #2 Seed Arizona in the Round of 64 /South Regional on Thursday, March 16, in Sacramento, California.
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