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Carnegie Mellon 51, Princeton 46

12/28/2005 - Princeton Tigers

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- Clayton Barlow-Wilcox scored 15 points
and Nate Maurer added 13 as unbeaten Carnegie Mellon topped
Princeton 51-46 Wednesday night, becoming the first Division III
team to defeat the Tigers in 23 years.

Carnegie Mellon (10-0) withstood a Princeton rally that tied the
score late in the second half and overcame a stretch of committing
nine turnovers in 11 possessions to score the final five points of
the game.

"If it's not the biggest win for us, it ranks right up with the
biggest," said Tartans coach Tony Wiggen.

Carnegie Mellon, ranked 22nd in Division III, had not played in
17 days. But the Tartans appeared ready to go right out of the
chute, taking a pair of five-point leads in the first half.

Princeton (2-8) rallied to take a 32-29 advantage at the break
as first-time starter Edwin Buffmire, who led the Tigers with 11
points, and subs Mike Strittmatter and Alex Okafor provided a
spark.

The Tartans surged ahead in the second half and held a 46-40
lead at the 5:48 mark only to see Princeton knot things with 2:59
to go on Okafor's follow-up basket.

But Maurer made a driving basket to give Carnegie Mellon a 48-46
advantage with 90 seconds left. A layup by Geoff Kozak and a free
throw by A.J. Straub in the final 14.8 sealed the deal.