Sullivan’s 16 Points Helps Brown Coast To 59-50 Win Over Dartmouth
Providence, R.I. - Senior guard Matt Sullivan scored 16 points and junior guard Sean McGonagill added 13 points to propel Brown to a 59-50 Ivy League win over Dartmouth at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
With the win, Brown extends its record to 10-14 overall, 4-6 in the Ivy League, while Dartmouth tumbles to 6-18 overall and 2-8 in Ivy play.
"Our energy and effort was where it needed to be from the start," said Bears' head coach Mike Martin. "For our team to be successful, we need to play hard for 40-minutes every night."
Sullivan, who was named a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American earlier this week, connected on 3-of-5 treys and added four rebounds and four assists. With three treys, he moved into fifth place on Brown's all-time list with 160 career treys, moving past Earl Hunt '03 (158) and Adrian Williams '11 (159).
"Our main focus was to get off to a fast start with energy right out of the gate," said Sullivan. "It's too hard to come back from 10 points down at the half every night."
McGonagill had his hands on the ball the entire game and distributed seven assists to go with his 13 points. Junior forward Tucker Halpern also scored in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field. Bears' sophomore center Rafael Maia led both teams with 13 rebounds.
Big Green junior guard Tyler Melville netted 14 points and grabbed five rebounds, while sophomore center Gabas Maldunas had eight points and nine rebounds.
Brown led from start-to-finish, and by as many as 16 points in the opening half, 29-13, on a trey by Sullivan with 7:16 remaining. The Big Green chipped away at the Brown lead with a 12-5 run to trail, 34-25, at intermission.
Dartmouth made a run at the Bears early in the second half, pulling to within five points, 42-37, on a Maldunas jump shot with 11:13 left in the game.
The Bears quickly diffused the Big Green threat, going back up by 10 points on a McGonagill lay-up and a trey by Halpern.
Brown makes its final road trip of the season next week, traveling to Ithaca, New York to face Cornell on Friday, March 1, and then to New York City to battle Columbia on Saturday, March 2. Both games tip-off at 7 p.m.