TEANECK, NJ - The 89-85 victory by FDU over Princeton on Wednesday proved to be quite an offensive display. With efficiencies at a staggering high, maybe it should be of little surprise that FDU overcame an eleven-point second half deficit. Princeton almost overcame one in the following four plus minutes. Now, the numbers:
EFG 65 61
FT Rate 60 87
OREB PCT 29 23
TO Rate 16 13
The halftime numbers:
Princeton led 33-25 at intermission. Little hint that this game would almost be a triple-digit scoring affair. Pace and efficiency:
Possessions Offensive Eff.
Princeton 28 117
FDU 29 86
The second half saw FDU score 64 points, a number shocking coach Greg Herenda. Princeton managed 52, a full night’s work during some past Princetonian eras. An offensive display in points and efficiency for the visiting Tigers, but not enough. The second half efficiency:
Possessions Offensive Eff.
FDU 40 160
A 160 is usually good for the first four minutes. But the entire half? This just shows the magnitude of FDU’s offensive explosion.
The game totals:
Offensive Eff. Possessions
Princeton 128 66
FDU 128 69
Both efficiencies normally would get you a ‘W.’ On the flip side, surrendering a 128 usually results in a quiet post game locker room.
The eFG marks were extremely high. Credit three-point shooting. Princeton was 13 of 28 for 46%. FDU checked in at 45.5% with a 10-of-22 performance from long range. In fact, 51% of all field goal attempts were dialed long distance.
Both had extremely high free throw rates. In the second half, FDU shot 30 of 37 for 81%. Part of that was Princeton trailing and being in a late-game fouling mode. Most of it (the high FT rate) was attributed to FDU’s attacking the basket the second half. “You go to the basket,” Herenda said, “and good things happen.”
Princeton enjoyed a slight rebounding edge. Turnover rates were both excellent. If your offense is efficient, you are turning it over less, simple. An added reason for the low TO rate was the defense. The efficiency and eFG marks tell you neither defense could be categorized as outstanding.
Matt MacDonald, FDU: 32 - MacDonald had the high efficiency. The sophomore guard scored a career-high 29 points, shooting an efficient 8-of-12 from the floor (3-of-6 from three) and 10-of-11 from the line.
Hans Brase, Princeton: 28 - Brase led the Tigers in efficiency. He scored 16 points with a game-high 13 boards.
Spencer Weisz, Princeton: 19 - The Tigers’ leading scorer with 18 points. Weisz added 5 rebounds and 5 assists, but saw the efficiency hampered by 5 turnovers.
A classic ending and contest, and a ‘classic’ from the numbers vantage point as well.