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February 5, 2013

Tigers chew up Parkersburg Big Reds

PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigers earned a hard-fought 75-62 victory over the visiting Parkersburg Big Reds Tuesday evening. 

The physical nature of the Tuesday's game was apparent almost from the jump ball that began the contest. On one early possession, Tigers sophomore center Aaron Ferguson fell to the floor along with several Big Reds. As the players continued to angle for the ball, the referees assessed a technical foul on one of the Big Reds. Parkersburg would add three more of them to their collection in the game. 

 
Princeton's Lamont Lee also was assessed a technical foul in the fourth quarter of the contest after he was fouled driving to the basket. Lee landed on the bodies of several Parkersburg players. It appeared while the players were down that shoving began. A Big Red player was also assessed a technical foul for the incident. Lee had to be restrained by teammates following the assessment of a technical foul. 
 
Tigers coach Ernie Gilliard wasn't surprised Parkersburg brought a physical mindset with them down Interstate 77. 
 
"We thought that they were going to be a physical team," Gilliard said. "I was pleased with the way we handled it. We tell our guys to be physical and to toe the line but they have to play smart when they do. I thought we handled it really well." 
 
Princeton led 33-30 at halftime behind 15 points from Kyle Caron and used a big third quarter run to pull away from the Big Red. 
 
Gilliard said the key to the Tigers' second half success was point guard Ryan Meadows. In his view, the Tigers missed their floor general in the first half after Meadows left the game with foul trouble.  When he returned, Princeton was able to get fast break points and limit the Big Red in their search for second shot opportunities.

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