Imagine there's no offense (it's easy if you watched Lafayette-Princeton)

OK, apologies to John Lennon. But can you believe this is a Division I score? Princeton 40, Lafayette 38. From this century?

Gotta hand it to Princeton. There are not many teams that could find a way to win a Division I game when they make only 10 field goals and shoot less than 30 percent from the floor.

In the Times of Trenton, Tigers coach Joe Scott said pretty much the same thing:
"For us to find a way to win, having those sort of problems offensively, my hat's off to our guys' efforts."
Fran O’Hanlon’s take from the Easton Express-Times:
"Their defense did a very good job, and our offense didn't execute as well as it will in the future.”
For the sake of PL fans everywhere, who like to see at least some token offense when they buy a ticket, let’s hope he is right.

Talk about an improbable box score. Lafayette shot better from the floor, including from 3-point range, had the edge on the boards, dished out almost twice as many assists and had but one more turnover then Princeton. But the Tigers went to the line 16 more times than the Leopards (even though Lafayette committed only three more fouls than Princeton).

And we know it is true, 'cuz Lafayette has pictures.

Meanwhile, out in the Midwest, Bucknell's shooting woes from 3-point range cost them a chance of upsetting Iowa State in the final of the Cyclone Challenge.

Kevin Bettencourt and Charles Lee were a combined 2-for-16 from outside the arc (Box Score) for Bucknell, which was 6-of-30 from 3-point range overall in the 63-55 loss.

Still, the Bison and the Patriot League have nothing to be embarrassed about. There will be Big 12 teams that will get beat a lot worse in Hilton Coliseum before the season ends. Bucknell actually led 26-25 after an 11-0 run (play by play) in the first half. But according to the DesMoines register:
Coach Wayne Morgan's team (3-0) was never seriously threatened by the Bison (3-3).
The AP story on Cyclone Mania had a different take:
Bucknell (3-3), the favorite in the Patriot League, kept threatening even after Iowa State took a 61-50 lead on Will Blalock's two free throws with 1:04 remaining.
Elsewhere in the Patriot:

Lehigh 60, Dartmouth 53 -- Preoccupied by the Hawks' appearance in the D-IAA football playoffs (and Lafayette's as well), The Morning Call managed just a short wrap that includes both Lehigh and Lafayette's hoops contests from yesterday. Here's the box from Lehigh-Dartmouth.

Colgate 70, Juniata 47 -- Curious scheduling by Colgate, staying at home and paying a poor D-III to come to town instead of skipping town to pick up a check someplace over the holidays. With the students on break, the announced crowd for this one was 350, which is damned near the entire population of Hamilton N.Y. None of those 350 were newspaper reporters. Here's the box score.

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