First Place Bears Host Yale In Key Ivy Match-up

Providence, Rhode Island - The Ivy League Men’s Basketball Playoffs continue this week with the Bears, poised in first place in the Ivy standings, hosting Yale on Friday, January 22nd at the Pizzitola Sports Center at 7:00 p.m., in a re-match of last week’s game. Brown (7-11, 1-0 Ivy) opened its Ivy League season with a 75-66 victory over Yale (6-12, 0-1 Ivy) last Friday in New Haven. Steve Gruber ‘10 scored a career high 15 points to lead the Bears, while Andrew McCarthy ‘13 added 14 points and eight rebounds.

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Friday night’s game, with several promotions and groups attending the game. It’s Rhode Island Special Olympics Night, following up on the basketball clinic held for Rhode Island’s Special Olympians by coach Jesse Agel’s squad last week.

There will be a team poster giveaway courtesy of Coca-Cola and Supercuts. After the game, the Brown team and coaching staff will sign autographs. It’s also Bruno’s Cubs night. All parents of Bruno’s Cubs who show their membership card will receive two free tickets to the game.

If you can’t make it to the game, fans can watch a live video and audio feed (WPRV-AM 790) of all home games at the Pizzitola Sports Center through B2 Networks. To access the live video/audio feed, go to the Brown’s athletic website http://brownbears.com. Fans wanting to watch Brown events via B2 Networks will need a high-speed Internet connection and a current version of Windows Media Player. Games will be sold on an individual basis at $7 per game or $60 for the season.

In addition, the game will be available on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 130, with the live feed of Brown’s broadcast, featuring Scott Cordischi calling the play and former Brown standout Russ Tyler ’71 providing the color commentary.

Brown and Yale have met 144 times, dating back to the 1904-1905 season, with the Elis holding a 94-50 series advantage. Brown and Yale met one week ago (1/15/10) in New Haven, CT, with the Bears coming out on top, 75-66. Yale had won the previous two meetings after sweeping the Bears in 2008-2009, 70-62 in New Haven and 57-55 in Providence. The two teams split games in each of the previous three seasons.

McCarthy was named the Ivy Rookie of the Week for the second time this season for his performance in the Bears' key Ivy win over Yale in New Haven, and for his play at Quinnipiac. McCarthy's inside play was the difference in Brown's 75-66 victory over Yale, Friday evening, coming off the bench to score 14 points and pull down a game high eight rebounds and handing out two assists against the Bulldogs. McCarthy, scored all of his points in the paint, and connected on 7 of 12 field goals against Yale. McCarthy also had nine points, six rebounds and four assists against Quinnipiac.

Bears’ junior guard Adrian Williams played a key role as a defensive stopper in Brown’s win over Yale, scoring 12 points and limiting Yale’s high-scoring Alex Zampier (18.4 ppg.) to just 14 points.