Bears Travel To Penn and Second-Place Princeton

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Providence, RI - Brown will wrap-up its season series with Penn and Princeton, traveling to Philadelphia to face the Quakers on Friday, February 19, and to Princeton, New Jersey on Saturday, February 20 to battle the Tigers.

Brown (8-17, 2-6 Ivy) split games with Dartmouth and Harvard last week, beating the Big Green, 75-60, while falling to the Crimson, 81-67. Junior forward Peter Sullivan had a big week for the Bears with 23 points and 11 rebounds against Dartmouth, and 21 points with six rebounds against Harvard. Sullivan also connected on 22 of 27 free throws in the two games.

Penn upset #22 ranked Cornell, 79-64, last week at the Palestra, and is coming off a 58-51 loss to Princeton on Tuesday evening. Princeton stands in second place in the Ivy League standings at 5-1, trailing Cornell, who has posted a 7-1 Ivy mark.

The Bears and Quakers have met 115 times, dating back to 1901-1902, with Penn holding a 95-20 series advantage. Penn has won the last three games against the Bears, including a controversial 55-54 win in Providence on 1-30-10, where the game-winning basket was ruled good at the buzzer by the officials. Freshman Tucker Halpern’s 14 points led the Bears against the Quakers. Brown swept Penn in 2007-2008, first earning a 66-61 win over the Quakers in Philadelphia to snap the Quakers 24-game home Ivy League winning streak, and completing the sweep with a 75-43 win over the Quakers in Providence.

Brown and Princeton will be meeting for the 117th time, dating back to 1907-1908, with the Tigers holding a 92-24 series advantage. Princeton earned a 63-46 decision over the Bears three weeks ago (1-29-10) for its second straight win over the Bears. Matt Mullery ’10 scored 10 points and Andrew McCarthy ‘13 added nine points for the Bears. Brown had won the previous six games between the two teams, including a 61-43 on 2/14/09 in Providence.

Bear Facts: Junior guard Garrett Leffelman has earned a starting role for the Bears and is averaging 10.1 ppg in Ivy League games. He is the Ivy League’s second leading shooter, connecting on 28 of 51 field goals (.549) in league games. Leffelman scored a career high 16 points against Harvard after netting the first 14 points of the game against Dartmouth… Senior All-Ivy center Matt Mullery continues to climb the 1,000 point ladder at Brown and moved into 20th spot on Brown’s all-time career scoring list with 1,039 career points. Mullery, who registered a double-double Friday night against Dartmouth with 17 points and 10 rebounds, also moved into 9th place in Ivy League career blocked shots with 153 career blocks… Junior All-Ivy forward Peter Sullivan, Brown’s second leading scorer with 12.0 points per game and the only Brown player to start all 25 games.

 

Pictured:  Garrett Leffelman '11.  photo by dspics.com