Monmouth 41, Princeton 21

From the Associated Press :

Princeton tied the record for fewest points in a Division I game since the 3-point line started in 1986-87. Georgia Southern also finished with 21 in a 40-point loss to Coastal Carolina on Jan. 2, 1997.

“Obviously, we just couldn’t score,” Princeton coach Joe Scott said. “The zone gave us tons of problems.”

The previous record for fewest combined points since 1986-87 was 67, which happened twice. SMU beat Texas-Arlington 36-31 on Dec. 16, 1989, and Wisconsin-Green Bay defeated Northern Michigan 46-21 on Nov. 22, 1996.

Princeton’s previous scoring low in the era of the 3-point line was 35 points. The Tigers, a perennial Ivy League power known for their deliberate offense predicated on backdoor cuts and long possessions, had that total twice, against Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1995 and UNLV in 1991.

With 21 points scored on 9 for 41 shooting from the field, I’d describe Princeton’s offensive as accidental rather than deliberate.

I’ve been watching Tom Tolbert provide color commentary for this evening’s Houston/Golden State game. If you needed any further confirmation that the NBA’s dress code does not apply to their broadcast partners’ on-air talent, Tolbert’s ensemble of a grey t-shirt and whatever he’s wearing beneath the desk should put your mind at ease.