1960–61 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team

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1960–61 Princeton Tigers men's basketball
Ivy League champion
Conference Ivy League
1960–61 record 18–8 (11–3 Ivy)
Head coach Franklin Cappon
Jake McCandless
Captain Donald Swan
Home arena Dillon Gymnasium

The 1960–61 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1959–60 NCAA University Division men's basketball season. Franklin Cappon began the season as head coach. In January 1961, Cappon suffered a mild heart attack,[1] and Jake McCandless took over his role as head coach following Cappon's hospitalization. The team captain was Donald Swan.[2] The team posted a 9–2 record under Cappon and then a 9–6 record with McCandless at the helm.[3] The team played its home games in the Dillon Gymnasium in Princeton, New Jersey.[3] The team was the champion of the Ivy League, earning an invitation to the 24-team 1961 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[4]

After losing its first game under McCandless, the team won six of the next seven.[2][3] The team posted an 18-8 overall record and an 11-3 conference record.[2][5] The team won its NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament East region first round contest against the George Washington Colonials by an 84–67 margin at Madison Square Garden on March 14, 1961, before losing in the second round at the Charlotte Coliseum in the second round to the Saint Joseph's Hawks 72–67 on March 17. Then, the next night at the Coliseum in the consolation game, they lost to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 85–67.[2][4]

Peter C. Campbell, who finished second in the conference to Dartmouth's George Ramming in scoring title with an 18.1 points per game average in conference games, and Al Kaemmerlen were both first team All-Ivy League selections.[4]


  1. ^ "Cappon Has Heart Attack". Holland Evening Sentinel. January 19, 1961. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Men's Basketball Record Book • All-Time Results". GoPrincetonTigers.com. Princeton Athletic Communications. June 12, 2009. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Princeton Athletic Communications (June 12, 2009). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Coaching Record & Program Facts". GoPrincetonTigers.com. Princeton University. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c 2009-10 Ivy League Basketball Media Guide. IvyLeagueSports.com. p. 30. 
  5. ^ Princeton Athletic Communications (June 22, 2009). "Men's Basketball Record Book • Men's Basketball in the Postseason". GoPrincetonTigers.com. Princeton University. Retrieved September 27, 2010.