Providence, R.I. - Senior Matt Sullivan scored a career high 27 points, including the game-winning trey with 10 seconds remaining, to lift Brown to a 58-55 Ivy League win over Columbia at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Bears' freshman center Cedric Kuakumensah added a career high 19 points.
The win gives Brown a 9-12 overall record, 3-4 in the Ivy League, heading into Saturday's home game against Cornell. Columbia falls to 10-11 overall, 2-5 in the Ivy League.
Brown trailed, 55-53, with 40 seconds remaining after Columbia freshman Maodo Lo connected on a trey from the corner.
Following a timeout with 23 seconds remaining, Brown worked the ball around the perimeter, trying to find an open shot. Sullivan got the ball at the top of the key, dribbled left and stepped back behind the three-point arc to nail the game-winning trey with 10 seconds left on the clock.
John Daniels missed a lay-up for the Lions and Kuakumensah grabbed the rebound and was fouled with three ticks on the clock. He coolly converted both free throws to provide the final margin of victory.
"I don't know the team I saw in the first half," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "We had to get back to our style of play, and we did so in the second half. It's good to be home after five games on the road."
Sullivan's career high 27 points came on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 6-of-9 shooting from behind the three-point arc. His six treys are a career high and 11th best in Brown basketball history.
Kuakumensah was equally adept from the field in scoring his career high 19 points, hitting 8-of-12 field goals, while grabbing a game high seven rebounds.
Columbia got most of its scoring from Steve Frankowski, who netted 20 points. Alex Rosenberg chipped in with 13 points and six rebounds for the Lions
The Bears clawed and scratched their way back from a 31-20 halftime deficit, chipping away at the Lions' lead and taking their first lead, 48-47, on a trey by Sullivan with 4:01 left on the clock.
Frankowski's trey at the 3:07 gave the Lions a 50-48 advantage, but a free throw by Sullivan cut the Lions' lead to 50-49. A lay-up by Cory Osetkowski put Columbia up by three points, 52-49, with 2:18 remaining.
Back-to-back lay-ups by Kuakumensah, the second with 1:08 remaining gave the Bears a 53-52 lead.
Brown trailed, 22-20, with 3:42 left in the opening half after a conventional three-point play by senior Tyler Ponticelli. But the Bears were held scoreless for the remainder of the half, with Columbia out-scoring the Bears 9-0 to grab a 31-20 lead at intermission.
The Bears are back in action again Saturday evening at 6 pm, hosting Cornell at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Brown will honor its 2003 NIT team that posted a 12-2 Ivy League record at halftime of Saturday's game.