March 5, 2011

Decimated Bears Fall To Columbia, 91-74

New York, New York – Decimated by illness and injury, and weary from a late night arrival after playing the previous night in Ithaca, NY, Brown was able to dress just eight players against Columbia.  The weary Bears were unable to overcome a 20-point halftime deficit and a 32-point performance by Columbia's Noruwa Agho, falling to the Lions by a 91-74 margin in the final game of the season.

 

Columbia finishes its season with a 15-13 record, 6-8 in the Ivy League, while Brown ends with an 11-17 overall record, 4-10 in Ivy play.

 

With a stomach bug slowing down the Bears, two significant Brown players – senior Garrett Leffelman and sophomore Matt Sullivan - didn't dress, while sophomore Tucker Halpern, its leading Ivy League scorer, had to take one for the team, playing despite being weakened with the stomach virus.

 

Agho stole the show in the first half with 24 points for the Lions, incredibly connecting on 10 of 11 field goals, including 4 of 5 from behind the three point arc, with an array of long range shots, drive to the hoop and fade-away jumpers. He helped the Lions build an insurmountable 51-31 halftime advantage.

 

Leffelman's absence in the Brown lineup was especially noticeable, having held Agho to just six points when the two teams met in Providence a month ago.

 

Sophomore Andrew McCarthy scored a season high 21 points for Brown, and completed the double-double with 10 rebounds. He connected on 9 of 14 field goals and converted his first trey of the season.

 

Peter Sullivan finished his Brown career as one of the greatest players in Brown basketball history, scoring 21 points against the Lions, the 19th time he's scored 20 or more points over four years. Sullivan is Brown's fourth all-time leading scorer with 1,361 career points, passing Alai Nuualiitia, who scored 1,334 points for the Bears from 1999-2003.

 

Sullivan, who connected on 9 of 12 free throws tonight, has converted 393 career free throws, fourth in the Brown record book, while his 151 free throws this season rank seventh for a single season.  He also connected on 142 career treys, which rank eighth in the Brown record book.

 

Bears' freshman Sean McGonagill, who scored 39 points against the Lions in the first meeting, was held to 14 points, while handing out nine assists. Sean McGonagill wrapped up a phenomenal rookie cmpaign by handing out 147 assists, the third best seasonal performance in Brown basketball history.

 
 

Senior Adrian Williams scored just four points against the Lions, but completed his career as the Iron Man of Brown Basketball, playing in 115 career games for the Bears, more than any other Brown player.

 

In addition to Agho's 31 points, Meiko Lylles scored 16 points for the Lions, while Brian Barbour chipped in with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field.

 

Columbia had a decisive advantage on the backboards, out-rebounding the Bears by a 50-36 margin.

 
Pictured:  Peter Sullivan '11.  photo by dspics.com