U.S.  Pete Carril, iconic Princeton basketball coach, dies at age 92

Pete Carril, the rumpled, cigar-smoking basketball coach who led Princeton to 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournamen

Princeton released a statement from Carril's family, which said he died "peacefully this morning." It did not give a cause of death.

We kindly ask that you please respect our privacy at this time as we process our loss and handle necessary arrangements

Carril, a Hall of Famer, schooled his teams in a distinct and throwback brand of ball

At Princeton, it was usually performed by players often dismissed or overlooked by some of the nation's basketball powers

During Carril's 29 seasons as the Tigers' coach, the system worked splendidly.

Princeton led the nation in scoring defense in 14 of his last 21 seasons, including the last eight in a run that ended in 1996.

That was certainly the case in 1989 for Georgetown's John Thompson, the Hall of Fame coach sweating late in the game

The Tigers had two shots in the closing seconds at sending Thompson and his team home but were denied, losing 50-49.