POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Patrick Saunders was perfect from the floor while scoring a career-high 21 points as Princeton defeated Marist 77-58 on Wednesday night.
Saunders was 8-for-8, including 5-for-5 on 3-pointers, for the Tigers (8-5). Three of his 3-pointers came in the opening 7:09, when Princeton took a 20-9 lead.
One game after shooting 34 percent in a two-point loss to Maine, the Tigers had their best shooting night of the season, 57.4 percent (27-for-47). They were even better on 3-pointers, making 10 of 17 (58.8 percent) against the Red Foxes (1-13).
The Tigers also committed a season-low seven turnovers.
With a trio a top recruits from Philadelphia, the Penn State basketball program is primed to finally turn a corner.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.