No. 15 seed Princeton routs Missouri, 78-63

No. 15 seed Princeton emphatically took another magical step in the NCAA Tournament as Ryan Langborg scored 22 points to help the Tigers advance to their first Sweet 16 by smothering seventh-seeded Missouri 78-63 on Saturday in Sacramento, Calif.Princeton (23-8) becomes the third 15th seed — and second in the past two years — to reach the Sweet 16. The others are Florida Gulf Coast (2013) and Saint Peter’s (2022). Saint Peter’s is the only No. 15 seed to make it all the way to a regional final.The Ivy League tournament champions made this game a no-drama affair for the final 10 minutes, essentially using the same formula that led to a 59-55 first-round stunner of second-seeded Arizona.On Saturday, the Tigers outrebounded Missouri 44-30, had a 19-2 edge in second-chance points, and effectively slowed down the game by limiting transition opportunities, allowing just seven fast-break points.The difference Saturday was that Princeton also was hitting shots from distance. The Tigers were 4 of 25 from 3-point range on Thursday, but Blake Peters came off the bench and had more makes all by himself just in the second half. He was 5 of 8 from behind the arc and scored all 17 of his points after halftime.Tosan Evbuomwan contributed nine points, nine rebounds and five assists for Princeton. Freshman Caden Pierce had a career-high 16 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end. Matt Allocco had 10 points to go with seven assists.DeAndre Gholston led Missouri (25-10) with 19 points. Noah Carter added 14, while Kobe Brown posted 12 points and seven boards. Missouri’s only lead was at 3-2.

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