PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- In the lowest-scoring Division I game
since the introduction of the 3-point line, Monmouth, N.J., beat
Princeton 41-21 Wednesday night.
Princeton tied the record for fewest points in a Division I game
since the 3-point line started in 1986-87. Georgia Southern also
finished with 21 in a 40-point loss to Coastal Carolina on Jan. 2,
"Obviously, we just couldn't score," Princeton coach Joe Scott
said. "The zone gave us tons of problems."
The previous record for fewest combined points since 1986-87 was
67, which happened twice. SMU beat Texas-Arlington 36-31 on Dec.
16, 1989, and Wisconsin-Green Bay defeated Northern Michigan 46-21
on Nov. 22, 1996.
Princeton's previous scoring low in the era of the 3-point line
was 35 points. The Tigers, a perennial Ivy League power known for
their deliberate offense predicated on backdoor cuts and long
possessions, had that total twice, against Wisconsin-Green Bay in
1995 and UNLV in 1991.
The Tigers (2-5) had their lowest point total since a 44-21 loss
to Penn in 1935-36. They averaged 49.3 points in their first six
games this season.
"The ball wasn't going in the basket," Scott said, "and we
weren't attacking the basket."
Princeton went scoreless for a 14:54 stretch in the second half
after going 7:14 without a point in the first half. Monmouth (2-7)
never trailed after taking a 4-3 lead less than three minutes into
"It wasn't surprising after awhile because in the first half
when we were up on their guys I started to see in their eyes that
they were nervous and some of them didn't know what to do,"
Monmouth's Marques Alston said of Princeton's offensive struggles.
The Tigers went 9-for-41 from the field, including 2-for-20 on
3-pointers, and turned the ball over 19 times. Patrick Ekeruo was
Princeton's leading scorer with nine points.
Dejan Delic scored 11 points and Chris Kenny had 10 for
Monmouth, which snapped a six-game losing streak.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.