126. Basketball Victory over UCLA


Princeton’s basketball team performed very well in the 1990s, and primary among the moments of glory from this era was its 43-41 upset victory over defending champion UCLA in the first round of the 1996 NCAA tournament, shown here.  Within minutes of the win, the entire campus erupted into an euphoric, all-night celebration.  The Daily Princetonian’s headline read, “David 43, Goliath 41,” and one alumnus wrote to the Alumni Weekly that “I’ll forget where I was when JFK was shot before I forget the night we beat UCLA!”  Princeton lost in the next round to Mississippi State but remained competitive on the national level for the next two years, winning two more Ivy League championships, posting a perfect home record in 1997-98, setting school records for wins (27) and straight wins (20), ranking as high as seventh in the national polls, and, in 1999, rallying from a 27-point deficit in the final 15 minutes to defeat Penn 50-49 in the fourth-largest comeback in Division I history.

  • To learn more about basketball at Princeton, see quotation #21 and Café Vivian picture #61.

  • To learn more about athletics at Princeton, see quotation #4, 9, 21, and 22, and Café Vivian picture #6, 7, 9, 18, 22, 39, 48, 49, 54, 56, 61, 69, 72, 97, 102, 111, and 123.