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Princeton Vikings continue conquest with 75-46 win over Mason

Princeton Vikings continue conquest with 75-46 win over Mason
Posted at 11:19 PM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-10 10:00:15-05

MASON, Ohio -- There were nothing but smiles outside the Princeton locker room Tuesday night.

The Vikings are 10-0, ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press Division I state poll, and every game has been decided by double digits.

Tuesday night's 75-46 win over host Mason was another example of how dominant the Vikings have been in the Greater Miami Conference. The closest margin of victory was 12 points (48-36) at Oak Hills Dec. 22.

Princeton (10-0, 7-0 GMC) shot 62.5 percent from the field including 11 of 16 from beyond the 3-point arc Tuesday night against the Comets.

The Vikings shot 67 from the field in the first half as they scored the team's most points in the first half (39) since Dec. 15 at Colerain (43).

"Honestly, this is probably the best we've played the whole year," Princeton coach Steven Wright. "I couldn't be anymore proud of these guys."

Senior forward and guard Darius Bazley -- one of the nation's top players in the 2018 class -- had a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds, but this Vikings team is much more than the Syracuse signee.

Bazley entered Tuesday as the GMC's statistical leader in four categories including scoring (20.4 ppg.), assists (3.8), rebounds (11.4) and blocks (3.3).

"Hopefully we play like this and even better (going forward)," Bazley said. "Everyone was just hitting shots and locked in defensively."

Bazley said he likes the sound of 10-0 but he is more concerned about what happens later in the postseason. The Vikings will remain hungry, Bazley said.

"All I can think about is getting to state," Bazley said.

Princeton certainly has the ingredients of a team poised to make a deep postseason run. The Vikings exhibited balance Tuesday night with the likes of senior Dominic Pierce, who had 16 points including four 3-pointers.

"I am super happy for him," Bazley said.

After struggling a bit last week, Pierce found his stroke early Tuesday night with the support of teammates and coaches. He said a different mindset helped.

"I came into the game with a lot of confidence," said Pierce. "As I shot the first one -- it went in -- and the second one went in. The hole kept getting bigger and bigger. I kept shooting the ball with confidence."

Senior guard Darweshi Hunter had 16 points and seven rebounds as he continues to approach the 1,000 career points milestone, according to the Princeton athletic department.

The Vikings play host to Sycamore at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Princeton has to turn the page quickly when it plays Pickerington North at 4:45 p.m. Saturday in the annual Premier Health Flyin' to the Hoop Invitational at Kettering Fairmont.

Pierce said every game is a fight for the ultimate goal of being in Columbus. Princeton isn't satisfied with 10-0.

"It's great but we don't let that (record) get to us," Pierce said. "We play every game like it's our last. Senior year -- us seniors hold everybody accountable every game. Tomorrow in practice -- we will get right back at it."

Mason (7-2, 4-2) was led by senior forward Noah Pedelty with 15 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Tanner Knue had 12 points and a game-high five steals.

Mason plays at Colerain (4-6, 1-5 GMC) Friday night.