Three-Point Barrage, McGonagill’s 28 Points, Leads Brown Over Columbia, 94-78

Three-Point Barrage, McGonagill’s 28 Points, Leads Brown Over Columbia, 94-78

Providence, Rhode Island – Sophomore guard Sean McGonagill's 28 points led six Brown players in double figures, as the Bears cruised to a 94-78 Ivy League win over Columbia Saturday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.


The win gives the Bears an 8-21 record and their second Ivy win of the season (2-10), while Columbia falls to 14-14 overall, 3-9 in Ivy play.


Brown utilized sizzling three-point shooting to disarm the Lions, connecting 14 of 22 three-point field goals (64-percent).


McGonagill made a bid at a triple-double but came up just short with 28 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. He connected on 8 of 11 field goals, including 5 of 7 treys.


Jean Harris, the lone senior on the Brown squad, answered the call on Senior Night with an impressive performance, scoring 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the floor and 3 of 6 shooting from behind the three-point arc.


Junior Stephen Albrecht had 13 points, junior Andrew McCarthy registered a double-double with 11 points and a game high 12 rebounds, while junior Matt Sullivan and sophomore Dockery Walker netted 12 points each.


Columbia's All-Ivy guard Brian Barbour kept the Lions in the game with 18 points and 10 assists. Mark Cisco scored 15 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the field, while Alex Rosenberg chipped in with 13 points.


Brown held a narrow 16-15 lead after Cisco connected on a three-point play for the Lions with 11:37 left in the half. 


Brown took control of the game with a 19-1 spurt over the next six minutes, grabbing its biggest lead of the half, 35-16, on a fast break trey by Albrecht with 5:40 left in the first half.  The Bears connected on 9 of their first 13 treys to build the 19-point advantage.


The Bears led 43-26 at the half, but the Lions whittled away the Brown lead to just 11 points, 60-49, with 11:47 remaining in the game.  But McConagill took over the game with five points in a 6-0 run to put the game out of reach, 66-49, with 9:18 left on the clock.


Brown wraps-up its 2011-2012 season on the road next week, traveling to Philadelphia on Friday, March 2 (7:00 p.m.) to face Penn, and heading to Princeton, NJ on Saturday, March 3 to battle Princeton (7:30 p.m.)