January 23, 2012

Albrecht’s 21 Points Leads Brown Over Bryant, 67-60

Smithfield, RI -  Junior guard Stephen Albrecht scored 21 points, while sophomore guard Sean McGonagill and junior forward Andrew McCarthy added 15 points each, to lead Brown to a 67-60 win over Bryant Monday evening in its final non-league game of the season. The victory lifts the Bears to 6-13 overall, while Bryant falls to 2-18.

Brown excelled on the defensive end of the court, holding Bryant to just 24 second half points and 32 points in the game's final 29 minutes. Over that span, Brown out-scored Bryant by a 52-32 margin.

Strong shooting also helped the Bears, connecting on 26 of 52 field goals (50-percent), while holding Bryant to 39 percent shooting (24 of 61).

Albrecht scored 12 of his 21 points in the first half and connected on 8 of 17 field goals for the game. McCarthy shot a sizzling 6 of 7 from the field and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds.  He also blocked two shots. McGonagill stayed on the court for all 40 minutes and had a game high seven assists and five rebounds to go with his 15 points.

Sophomore forward Dockery Walker scored just three points for the Bears, but was a factor on the defensive end, grabbing seven rebounds and defending in the paint. Junior Matt Sullivan also turned in a strong defensive effort and scored six points, while junior Tellef Lundevall chipped in with five points.

Btryant was led by Alex Francis, who netted 17 points, and Corey Maynard, who added 15 points.

The Bulldogs had the better of play in the early going, grabbing a 23-11 lead with 10:41 left in the half following a steal and a lay-up by Raphael Jordan.  A trey by Maynard gave Bryant its largest lead of the half, 28-15, with 9:18 left in the half.

Brown came roaring back and finished the half with a 23-8 run to take the lead at intermission, 38-36, taking the lead with 48 seconds remaining on a jump shot by Albrecht. 

The second half was all Brown as the Bears never trailed and led by as many as 10-points, 56-46, when McGonagill connected on a trey with 10:00 left in the game.

The Bears have another big home Ivy weekend coming up, hosting Dartmouth on Friday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m., and #24 Harvard on Saturday, January 28, starting at 6:00 p.m.