Siena Takes Down Brown, 99-79, In Philly Hoop Group Classic

Philadelphia, PA –Junior guard Clarence Jackson scored 18 of his game high 23 points in the second half to lead Siena to a 99-79 win over Brown, snapping a three-game winning streak for the Bears, at the Philly Hoop Group Classic at the Palestra. The loss evens the Bears record at 4-4 on the season, while Siena moves to 4-2 overall.

Siena, the defending MAC Champions, who beat Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament, has developed into one of the nation’s top teams, receiving votes in the latest AP national poll.

Jackson connected on 8 of 11 field goals, including 5 of 7 shots from behind the three-point arc.

Bears’ senior All-Ivy center Matt Mullery (photo right) led Brown with 23 points, hitting 10 of 13 field goals for the game.

The Bears, playing their fifth game in the last nine days, jumped out to a 17-12 lead on a lay-up by senior Matt Mullery at the 14:35 mark of the first half.

Siena utilized a fast paced offense and long range outside shooting to outscore the Bears 17-0 over the next 4:35 to take control of the game and grab a 29-17 lead with 10:00 left in the half on a jump shot by Kyle Downey.

The Saints built a 17 point first half lead, 46-29, on a lay-up by Edwin Ubiles with 3:41 left in the half, before settling on a 50-38 advantage at intermission. Siena sizzled from behind the three-point arc in the half, connecting on 5 of 7 treys (71-percent).

Siena’s biggest lead came with 4:21 left in the game, building a 99-72 advantage.

Brown freshman Andrew McCarthy netted a career high 18 points for Brown on impressive 9 of 12 shooting from the field. He completed the double-double with a season high 11 rebounds. Junior Garrett Leffelman added a career best 13 points on 3 of 5 shooting from behind the three-point arc.

Three other Siena players scored in double figures. Alex Franklin tossed in 21 points, Ronald Moore 19 points and 111 assists, and Kyle Downey 11 points.

Brown shot 51-percent from the field, connecting on 33 of 65 field goals, whileThe sizzling Saints connected on 10 of 19 three-point attempts for the game (53 percent) and 37 of 68 field goals (54-percent).

Brown returns home on Wednesday, December 2 to face Holy Cross. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.