Friday, March 03, 2000

Princeton defeats Aiken

Enquirer contributor

        OXFORD — It had been 13 days since Princeton had played, and it often showed.

        But the Vikings fought through the rust to defeat Aiken 66-54 in a Division I sectional semifinal at Millett Hall on Thursday night.

        Still, it was a more competitive game than expected between the GMC-champion Vikings and Aiken, which managed just two regular-season wins.

        “Aiken was ready to play,” Princeton coach Paul Andrews said. “They outhustled us all over the floor.”

        Princeton took a 19-11 lead, behind Robert Southall's nine first-quarter points. Aiken stayed within striking distance, never trailing by more than 13 points.

        The Falcons cut Princeton's lead to 46-42 early in the fourth quarter but couldn't get closer. Princeton began to take advantage of its talented front court as the forward trio of Southall, Erik Daniels and Larry Brown scored the Vikings' last seven baskets.

        Brown led Princeton with 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

        Daniels almost registered a triple-double for Princeton. The senior forward had 12 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

        Princeton received a bye in the first round and last played Feb.18.

        “When you have a layoff like this, I think you have to work a little harder,” Andrews said. “I don't think we did that tonight.”

        Princeton plays Lakota West in the sectional finals at 6:30p.m. Monday at Millett Hall.

        AIKEN (54) — Berry 3 0 6, Evans 6 4 16, Oba 8 1 17, Robinson 5 3 15. Totals: 22 8 54.

        PRINCETON (66) — Cross 3 0 7, M. Jones 2 0 5, Sykes 1 0 2, Daniels 6 0 12, McGrath 1 6 8, L. Brown 6 3 15, Mayweather 3 0 6, Southall 5 1 11. Totals: 27 10 66.

        Aiken ....... 11  12  12  19—54

        Princeton ....... 19  13  12  22—66

        Three-point goals: A-Robinson 2, P-Cross 1, M. Jones 1. Records: A 3-18, P 17-4.


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