UIC Flames

Patient Princeton puts away UNLV Threes, defense carry Tigers, 69-57; UNCC handles UIC; East at Hartford, Conn.; NCAA TOURNAMENT

HARTFORD, Conn. -- It was the classic fable of the tortoise vs. the hare at the Hartford Civic Center last night, and the tortoise won again.

Princeton's Ivy League champions used their precise three-point shooting and demoralizing backdoor plays to oust the UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 69-57, in the opening round of the East Regionals.

The Tigers (27-1) were not perfect in conducting their usual basketball clinic. They trailed 20-15 after the first 11 minutes.

"UNLV was coming in with a lot of emotion from winning their [WAC] tourney and we hadn't played in 10 days," said Princeton coach Bill Carmody, now 51-5 in two seasons. "I thought we came out a little...