PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The slipper didn’t fit for the Princeton Tigers.
In the first game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, the No. 12 seeded Tigers took No. 5 Notre Dame right down to the wire. But with less than five seconds remaining, Tigers sophomore guard Devin Cannady missed a deep three-pointer and the Irish escaped with a victory.
“Right now, it hurts a little bit,” Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson told CBS3’s Lesley Van Arsdall. “I thought the guys, we weren’t pretty tonight and Notre Dame had a lot to do with that but I thought the guys gave themselves every opportunity to win. We had two really good looks towards the end of the game with guys we want shooting the ball, but I’m proud of that team and I’m proud to be their coach.”
Princeton Senior forward Spencer Weisz led the Tigers with 15 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists, and two blocks. Junior forward Bonzie Colson led the way for Notre Dame, scoring a game-high 18 points on 6-13 shooting.
Weisz, the Ivy League Player of the Year, says he’s happy with what they’ve accomplished.
“We fought so hard, not just in this game but throughout the season,” he said. “It hurts now certainly but a few days, a few weeks removed, we’ll look back and be very proud of our success over the course of the year.”
Notre Dame will face the winner of No. 4 West Virginia in the second round.