Kuakumensah and Spieth Lead Brown Over Cornell, 86-80

Kuakumensah and Spieth Lead Brown Over Cornell, 86-80

Providence, R.I. – Senior Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) and junior Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) scored 16 points each to lead Brown to its second straight win, an 86-80 decision over Cornell in an Ivy League game at the Pizzitola Sports Center.


Brown improves to 7-12 overall, 2-3 in the Ivy League, while Cornell had its two game winning streak stopped, falling to 9-10, 2-3 in Ivy play.


"I'm happy with our performance against a dangerous Cornell team," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "No lead is safe against the fastest paced team in the Ivy League.  Our offense shared the ball very well tonight with 18 assists on 28 field goals."


Kuakumensah registered his ninth double of the season, scoring his 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while pulling down 12 rebounds and blocking three shots.


Spieth turned in a yeoman's performance, hitting 10-of-10 free throws, while pulling down nine rebounds and handing out five assists. 


One of the top three-point shooters in Brown history, junior JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) connected on 5-of-9 treys in scoring 15 points. Bears junior guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MA) scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, while handing out five assists.


Five Cornell starters scored in double figures, paced by the top-scoring duo in the Ivy League, junior guard Robert Hatter and freshman guard Matt Morgan, who each scored game high 19 points.  Jordan Abdur-Ra'oof had 14 points, Daryl Smith netted 13 points, while David Onuorah posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Big Red.


Brown opened up a nine-point lead in the opening 20-minutes, 37-28, following a trey by Hobbie with 2:55 remaining in the half.


The Big Red finished the half with a 6-0 run, capped off by a short jumper by Smith with one second left to cut Brown's lead to 37-34 at intermission.


Brown went up by 11 points in the opening six minutes of the second half, 54-43 following a layup by sophomore Jason Massey.


Undaunted, Cornell outscored the Bears, 15-3, over the next seven minutes to take the lead, 58-57, on two free throws by Morgan with 9:29 left in the game.


Trailing 65-64, with 7:33 remaining, Brown took the lead for good on a trey by freshman Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA), sparking a 14-4 Brown run that lifted the Bears to a 78-69 lead on a layup by Blackmon with 2:28 remaining.


The Bears are back in action again tomorrow night, February 6,  hosting Columbia at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 6:00 pm.