January 17, 2011

Tucker Halpern’s 26 Points Leads Brown Over Quinnipiac, 87-78

Providence, Rhode Island – Sophomore forward Tucker Halpern scored a career high 26 points and completed the double-double with a career best 12 rebounds, to lead Brown to a 87 -78 non-league win over Quinnipiac in a wide open game at the Pizzitola Sports Center. 
 

The win lifts the Bears to 7-8 overall, the third most non-league wins in Brown basketball history. Quinnipiac dropped its first road game of the season after five wins, falling to 12-5 for the season.

 
 

After clinging to a 30-29 lead at the half, Brown exploded for 57 second half points, the most in a half this season, and out-rebounded the Bobcats by a 22-13 margin after intermission.

 

There's something about Quinnipiac that brings out the best in Halpern. Last year, he dominated the Bobcates, also scoring a career high 26 points. Halpern's 26 points Monday afternoon came on 10 of 16 shooting from the field. 

 

Bears' senior Peter Sullivan broke out of his scoring slump with 22-points, the 17th time he's scored 20 or more points in his Brown career. Sullivan connected on 12 of 12 free throws to help the Bears to 26 of 32 shooting overall (81-percent) from the charity stripe.

 

Senior Garrett Leffelman added 16 points for the Bears, while freshman Dockery Walker narrowly missed a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down eight rebounds.

 

James Johnson led four Quinnipiac players in double figures with 19 points on 6 of 18 shooting from the field, while Dentay Twyman chipped in with 14 points on an array of drives to the basket. Jamee Jackson tossed in 13 points and pulled down a team high nine rebounds for the Bobcats.

 

Brown built a 34-29 lead early in the second half, but Quinnipiac responded with an 8-0 run to grab a 37-34 advantage following a lay-up by Jackson with 16:45 remaining.

 

In a fast-paced game that featured 16 lead changes, Brown grabbed the lead for good in the second half, 57-54, following a trey by Halpern with 9:13 remaining.

 

The Bears kept the pressure on Quinnipiac and pulled ahead by as many as 16 points in the second half, 82-66, after Sullivan connected on two free throws with 2:29 left on the clock.

 

Halpern had 12 first half points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field, propelling the Bears to a 30-29 lead at intermission.  There were eight lead changes in the first half with Halpern scoring with 1:31 left to provide the halftime margin for the Bears.

 

Brown returns to Ivy League action on Saturday, January 22 with a re-match against Yale in New Haven, Connecticut.  Game time is 2:00 p.m. at Payne Whitney Gymnasium.

 

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