Brian Earl ranked in the top three in the Ivy League in offensive win shares in all four of his seasons at Princeton and ranks first in total win shares among all Ivy players dating back to the 1993-94 season.
Earl’s first-minute three-pointer opened the scoring. Not to be outdone, the Quakers scored the game’s next 27 points, leaving the Tigers stunned and their fans in bedlam at the half.
The first five minutes of the second half, saw the Quakers extend their lead to 40-13, as the Tigers appeared certain to suffer one of the more embarrassing losses to Penn in the long history of the series.
Brian Earl then took over, leading the Tigers on the “Comeback of the Ages.” His game-high 20 points, mostly in the second half, and flawless ball handling down the stretch spurred the Tigers on a 37-9 run to seal a most improbable 50-49 win, easily the brightest Tiger moment at the Palestra in its storied history.
After a brief professional career and a few years in the corporate world, Earl returned to Jadwin as a key member of the staff of new coach Sydney Johnson, a former Tiger teammate.
Earl’s 1,428 career points rank seventh in Tiger history.
He graduated as the league’s career leader in three-point field goals. J., Earl started 113 games for the Tigers, a school record.He was named Ivy League Player of the Year in his senior year.While his career is stocked with highlights, one game stands out in memory as perhaps the embodiment of Earl at his best, as much a demonstration of skill as one of an unbending will to win. 9, 1999, the Tigers brought a 6-0 Ivy record to the Palestra for the first of the two matchups with arch-rival Penn.The new staff was faced with the task of turning around a Princeton program that had fallen into the Ivy cellar.In just four years, Johnson with Earl at his side brought the Tigers all the way back, winning the team’s 26 Ivy crown while compiling a glittering 25-7 record.In the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers nearly defeated Kentucky, bound for the Final Four, in yet another near-miss for the Ivy’s David against a Big Time Goliath.