PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) – In the lowest-scoring Division I game since the introduction of the 3-point line, Monmouth, N.J., beat Princeton 41-21 Wednesday night.

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.

The previous record for fewest combined points since 1986-87 was 67.

That 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.

The Tigers (2-5) had their lowest point total since a 44-21 loss to Penn in 1935-36. They averaged 49.3 points in their first six games this season.

Princeton went scoreless for a 14:54 stretch in the second half after going 7:14 without a point in the first half. Monmouth (2-7) never trailed after taking a 4-3 lead less than three minutes into the game.

The Tigers went 9-for-41 from the field, including 2-for-20 on 3-pointers, and turned the ball over 19 times. Patrick Ekeruo was Princeton’s leading scorer with nine points.

Dejan Delic scored 11 points and Chris Kenny had 10 for Monmouth, which snapped a six-game losing streak.

AP-ES-12-14-05 2220EST


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