McCarthy’s 20 Points Not Enough, Brown Falls To Penn, 65-48
Providence, RI – Brown junior forward Andrew McCarthy scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough, as Penn came away with a 65-48 Ivy League win over the Bears at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The win lifts the Quakers to 12-10 overall, 4-1 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 7-16, 1-5 in Ivy play.
McCarthy led all scorers with a season high 20 points, just one point shy of his career high, on phenomenal 9 of 12 shooting from the field. He completed the double-double with 11 rebound, while also adding three blocked shots.
Brown junior Tyler Ponticelli scored in double figures for the second straight game, netting 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the field.
Rob Belcore led the Quakers with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He connected on 7 of 10 field goals, including 3 of 6 from behind the three-point arc. Penn senior Zack Rosen, the Ivy League's leading scorer, chipped in with 11 points, while Henry Brooks added 10 points.
Brown held a 13-12 lead with 11:31 left in the first half following a lay-up by junior Tyler Ponticelli. The Quakers out-scored the Bears, 18-4, over the next seven minutes to grab a 13-point lead, 30-17, lay-up by Brooks. Penn hit four of five treys in the spurt.
Penn grabbed its biggest lead of the half, 36-21, when Rosen hit a trey with 19 seconds left before intermission.
Trailing 36-21 at the half, Brown got back in the game with a 13-7 run to pull to within nine points, 43-34, on a McCarthy lay-up with 15:39 remaining.
Brown pulled to within eight points, 49-41, on a trey by Matt Sullivan with 12:12 left in the game. But Penn put the game away with a 10-1 run to extend its lead to 17 points, 59-42, with 5:24 left to play, behind Rosen's four points.
Brown travels to the Empire State to face Columbia and Cornell next weekend, playing the Lions in New York City on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m., and the Big Red in Ithaca, NY on Saturday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.