February 12, 2003: Sports
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Mens hoops primes for Ivy foes
Photo: Spencer Gloger 04 is the Ivy Leagues second-leading scorer this year. (Beverly Schaefer)
After traveling to Oklahoma, Texas, and California early this season, the mens basketball team is getting ready to compete for its third straight Ivy League title. Unlike last year, when the team shared the title with Penn and Yale, the Tigers are hoping to be alone at the top of the Ancient Eight come March.
Princeton went into the exam break with a 57 record after a 7643 win over the University of MarylandBaltimore County at home January 7. As usual, Spencer Gloger 04 led the way with 22 points. Gloger is the second leading scorer in the Ivies with 17.5 points per game this season, more than any Tiger since 1972, when Brian Taylor 84 averaged 25 points a game. He was drafted that year and later completed his degree.
But Gloger is not the only one playing well. Will Venable 05 is averaging 11 points a game after nearly leaving the team this fall. Judson Wallace 05 has grabbed 6.5 rebounds a game fifth in the Ivy League after stepping in to start at center.
Its good to go into the exam break with a nice win, said head coach John Thompson 88 as the team looked ahead to its Ivy foes. I like where we are right now.
Gloger, who transferred to U.C.L.A. two years ago after a successful freshman campaign only to return to Princeton last year, is leading the Ivy League with 33 three-point baskets. He earned a spot on the all-tournament team at the Cable Car Classic in December in Santa Clara, California, where the Tigers downed Texas A&M 7662 and lost a close one to host Santa Clara 7771.
Princeton is getting accustomed to the close ones this season, playing eight games decided by six points or less. The team is 26 in those games, including losses to in-state rivals Rider (6259) and Rutgers (7670), and a near upset of fourth-ranked Texas (5754) on the road in December. Because of a tough early schedule, Princeton also faced fifth-ranked Oklahoma at the Sooner Tournament in November, losing 8263.
The teams 6057 win against Monmouth on the road earned it some national air time thanks to Ed Persia 04s 70-foot, buzzer-beating heave, which was selected as ESPNs play of the day on December 3.
As PAW went to press, the Tigers were set to tip-off their league schedule at home January 31 against Harvard, followed by Dartmouth February 1, and road games at Columbia, Cornell, and Penn.
Womens basketball (59, 10 Ivy) headed into exams with a 5651 win over Penn at home to open its Ivy League season. Rebecca Brown 06 leads the team with about 12 points a game.
Mens hockey (3160, 2100 ECAC) saved some of its best skating of the season for Harvard on January 11, handing the Crimson a 21 loss. Goalie Trevor Clay 05 stopped 45 shots, and Chris Owen 04 scored two goals to lead the Tigers.
Womens hockey (1152, 420 ECAC) is ranked eighth in the country after early-season wins over nationally ranked St. Lawrence, Mercyhurst, and Providence. U.S. Olympian Andrea Kilbourne 03 is pacing the team with 18 points (seven goals and 11 assists), and Gretchen Anderson 04 has notched nine goals.
Mens lacrosses Damien Davis 03 and Ryan Boyle 04 were named to Inside Lacrosse magazines preseason first-team All-America squad. Princeton was also ranked second behind Syracuse in the magazines preseason coaches poll.
Two-time NCAA champion Tora Harris 02 was ranked as the U.S.s No. 1 high jumper and the No. 6 jumper in the world in Decembers issue of Track and Field News. Harris, who is training for this summers World Championships, is the first Princeton track and field athlete to achieve a world ranking since U.S. Olympian Augie Wolf 83 was ranked fourth in the shot put in 1984.