Monmouth, Princeton hit new low

December 15, 2005

In the lowest-scoring Division I game since the introduction of the three-point line, Monmouth beat host Princeton, 41-21, last night.

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

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 three-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.

The Tigers (2-5) had their lowest point total since a 44-21 loss to Penn in 1935-36.

Princeton went scoreless for a 14:54 stretch in the second half after going 7:14 without a point in the first half.

Monmouth improved to 2-7.

No. 21 North Carolina State 86, UNC-Asheville 56 -- Ilian Evtimov scored 19 points to lead the host Wolfpack (7-1) past the Bulldogs (1-5).

Top 25 women

Mississippi 67, No. 7 Rutgers 57 -- Armintie Price and Ashley Johnson each scored 22 points to help the host Rebels (7-1) upset the Scarlet Knights (8-1).

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