Manhattan Holds On For 54-52 Win Over Brown In NIT Season Tip-Off

Manhattan Holds On For 54-52 Win Over Brown In NIT Season Tip-Off

Syracuse, New York - Brown and Manhattan went head-to-head for 40 minutes,  playing strong defense in a game that had 10 lead changes.  In the end, Manhattan held on for a 54-52 win over the Bears in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off at the Carrier Dome. The Bears drop to 1-2 overall, while Manhattan extends its record to 2-1.


Brown held a 52-51 lead with 2:50 remaining after a lay-up by sophomore forward Dockery Walker.  Manhattan took the lead for good, 53-52, on two free throws by Emmy Andujar with 2:27 left on the clock.


The Bears had several opportunities to take the lead down the stretch, but could not convert a basket in the game's last two minutes.


Walker did his best to keep the game close by scoring 10 of his team high 12 points in the second half, while connecting on 6 of 7 field goals.  He completed the double-double by pulling down a game high 10 rebounds.


Three other Brown players scored in double figures, sophomore guard Sean McGonagill with 11 points, and Tyler Ponticelli and Matt Sullivan with 10 points each.


The Bears got off to a sluggish start for the second straight day, falling behind, 8-0 to open the game.  But coach Jesse Agel's squad got right back into the game and grabbed its first lead, 12-11, with 13:11 left in the half behind Matt Sullivan's eight points.


Brown held its biggest lead of the half, 22-19, on a long trey by senior Jean Harris with 7:30 remaining.


The Jaspers went on to build a 30-27 lead at the half and extended their lead to nine points, 38-29, with 16:08 left on a lay-up by George Beamon.


The Bears answered with an 11-0 run to take the lead, 40-38, following two free throws by Tyler Ponticelli with 10:33 left in the game.


Manhattan's George Beamon led all scorers with 19 points, while Emmy Andujar chipped in with 11 points.


Brown plays Hartford at home on Saturday, November 19, and will play in the consolation round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday and Tuesday, November 21-22, at a location to be determined later this week.