Streaking Bears Travel To Harvard and Dartmouth

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Providence, Rhode Island - As the season winds down, the Brown men’s basketball team seems to be getting stronger. Brown, winners of three of their last four games, will be on the road for the final time this season, traveling to Boston, Mass. to face Harvard Friday, February 26, and then up to Hanover, New Hampshire to battle Dartmouth on Saturday, February 27.

Last week, Brown (10-17, 4-6 Ivy) registered a rare sweep of Penn and Princeton on the road, beating the Quaker in Philadelphia, 80-73, and the Tigers in Princeton, 57-54. This is only the seventh time in Ivy League history that an Ivy League team has swept Penn and Princeton on the road, with Brown owning two of the sweeps, the other in 2007-2008.

Bears’ freshman forward Tucker Halpern (Brookline, MA) was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time after helping the Bears sweep Penn and Princeton. 
Halpern scored 11 points on 3 of 4 shooting from the field in Brown's win over Penn at the Palestra, while pulling down 3 rebounds, handing out three assists and blocking three shots. Against Princeton, Halpern kept the Bears in the game with 12 first half points, connecting on 6 of 8 field goals, while adding two assists and a rebound. Halpern shot a sizzling 75-percent from the field (9 of 12) for the two games.

Senior Matt Mullery (Millstone, NJ), Brown’s 19th all-time leading scorer with 1,076 career points, has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Men’s Basketball Team, earning Third Team honors. Mullery has posted a 3.31 GPA as a Modern American history concentrator at Brown. A Lowe’s Senior Class candidate, he also tutors other Brown students in math and calculus.

Brown and Harvard have met 161 times, dating back to the 1900-1901 season, with the Crimson holding an 87-74 series advantage. Harvard earned an 81-67 win over the Bears earlier this year at the Pizzitola Sports Center, despite 21 points by Bears’ forward Peter Sullivan. Brown and Harvard split games last season with the Bears earning a 61-59 win over the Crimson in Providence, and Harvard earning a 64-63 win over the Bears in Cambridge.

Brown and Dartmouth will be meeting for the 140th time, dating back to 1901-1902, with the Big Green holding a 75-64 series advantage. Brown has won the last two games over Dartmouth, including a 60-75 victory in Providence on 2/12/10 behind Peter Sullivan’s 23 points and 11 rebounds. The two teams split games last season with Brown taking a 69-59 victory over the Big Green in Providence on the final day of the season, and Dartmouth earning a 63-61 overtime win over the Bears in Hanover.

Bear Facts: Brown’s game against Dartmouth on Saturday will be its 29th game of the season, tying the school record for games played with the 2003, 2007 and 2008 Brown teams. The Bears have two remaining games after Saturday, hosting Cornell and Columbia on March 5 and 6, for its school record 30th and 31st games… Junior All-Ivy forward Peter Sullivan (Wilmette, IL), Brown’s second leading scorer with 12.3 points per game and the only Brown player to start all 27 games, enjoyed another big weekend, helping the Bears sweep Penn and Princeton on the road with 18 points vs. Penn and 13 points against Princeton… Junior guard Garrett Leffelman (Naperville, IL) has earned a starting role for the Bears and is averaging 10.5 ppg in Ivy League games. He is the Ivy League’s third leading shooter, connecting on 35 of 68 field goals (.515) in league games. Garrett registered a career scoring high for the second straight time, netting 18 points in Brown’s win over Penn…Senior guard Steve Gruber (Milwaukee, WI), who has started three games for the Bears, hit six of six free throws in Brown’s road win over Princeton, including two with 11 seconds remaining to ice the victory for the Bears..The Bears wrap-up their 2009-2010 season at home next weekend, hosting Cornell on Friday, March 5, and Columbia on Saturday, March 6 at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Both game tip-off at 7:00 p.m.

 

Pictured:  Peter Sullivan '11 boxing out against Dartmouth.  photo by dspics.com