It’s not but midnight for the Princeton Tigers.
The No. 15 seed moved on to the Candy 16 after taking down No. 7 Missouri within the second spherical Saturday, 78-63.
Princeton dominated the primary half, constructing a 14-point lead. However Missouri acquired back-to-back buckets to chop it to a seven-point deficit. However the Fifteenth-seeded Tigers acquired off to a sizzling begin within the second half, and so they by no means seemed again, main by as many as 21 factors.
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Ryan Langborg led the best way with 22 factors, whereas Blake Peters netted 17 for Princeton.
Caden Pierce added 16 rebounds.
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The Tigers are the fourth 15 seed to advance to the Candy 16, becoming a member of final yr’s St. Peter’s Peacocks (additionally from New Jersey), Oral Roberts from 2021 and 2013’s Florida Gulf Coast squad.
“That is superior for our college. Candy 16 means loads to our crew right here. That is actually particular,” Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson stated on the published after the win.
“These guys come right here to win. It’s one of the best faculty within the nation. … We’re so thrilled to be right here however not stunned.”
Henderson didn’t attain the Candy 16 when he performed for Princeton, so he is savoring this journey.
“I’ve all the time dreamed of taking part in deep into the event. As a participant, acquired to the second spherical a pair occasions. By no means acquired past it,” he stated after the sport. “I really feel like these guys, it is unbelievable.”
“I instructed them at halftime, ‘We’ll get on that flight.’ We had been up seven at half,” he added. “We had coughed up seven factors. I stated, ‘You already know we’ll get on that flight [back to New Jersey], it doesn’t matter what. Once we get on that flight, we’ll be us.’
“We felt like one of the best model of us might beat one of the best model of them. They did it. Sure, we’ll the Candy 16. However it is a actually distinctive group. I believe, within the event, every group has a particular life. This one has a very particular life. So I am simply, once more, so pleased with ’em.”
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Princeton now awaits the winner of No. 3 Baylor and No. 6 Creighton. A win will make the Tigers the second 15 seed to make the Elite 8, becoming a member of final yr’s Peacocks.