Tucker Halpern’s 23 Points Leads Brown Over Bryant, 84-71

Tucker Halpern’s 23 Points Leads Brown Over Bryant, 84-71
Providence, RI -  Sophomore Tucker Halpern led four Brown players in double figures, scoring 15 of his game high 23 points in the first half, to lead Brown to a 84-71 victory over Bryant at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Incredibly, Brown (5-6 overall) registered 26 assists on its 29 field goals for the game.

Halpern connected on 9 of 16 field goals, including 5 of 9 from behind the three point arc. He also grabbed six rebounds and handed out three assists.


Bears' sophomore Andrew McCarthy grabbed a career high 13 rebounds, while adding eight points before fouling out.  Three other Brown players scored in double figures for Brown – senior Adrian Williams (14 points), senior Garrett Leffelman (11 points) and sophomore Matt Sullivan (12 points).  Senior Peter Sullivan put together a solid stat line for the Bears, scoring eight points, grabbing seven rebounds and handing out six assists.


Brown hoisted up 35 treys for the game, connecting on 14 trifectas (40-percent).  The Bears also out-rebounded the Bulldogs by a 43-38 margin.


The Bulldogs (2-11 overall) were led by Alex Francis with 19 points. Bryant sophomore Frankie Dobbs, son of former Brown head coach Frank Dobbs, scored 15 first half points for the Bulldogs and finished with x16 points for the game.


Halpern came to play against the Bulldogs, scoring 15 of Brown's first 20 points as the Bears built a 20-11 lead with 11:20 left in the first half.  Halpern connected on six of his first nine shots, including 3 of 4 from behind the three-point arc.


Brown continued the first half onslaught, leading by as many as 21 points, 47-26, with 2:01 remaining following two free throws by senior Peter Sullivan.  The Bears settled on a 47-34 halftime advantage.


Coach Jesse Agel's team continued its strong play in the second half, extending its lead to 26 points, 75-49, on a lay-up by Leffelman with 8:25 left in the game.


Brown opens the New Year by traveling to Washington, DC, to face American University on Monday, January 3, 2011.  Game time is 7:30 p.m.


Pictured:  Tucker Halpern '13.  photo by dspics.com