Princeton, NJ - Princeton's Henry Caruso and Steven Cook scored 14 points each and the Tigers connected on 11-of-24 treys to hold off Brown in a 77-66 win over the Bears Saturday evening at Jadwin Gym.
The Tigers, just a game out of first place in the Ivy standings, improve to 18-5 overall, 8-1 in the Ivy League, while Brown falls to 7-17, 2-8 in Ivy play.
Bears' senior forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) scored a game high 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He moved into 20th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,116 career points, passing Mark McAndrew, who scored 1,100 points for the Bears from 2004-2008. Kuakumensah also blocked two shots against the Tigers and reached the 300 blocked shot milestone, now with 301 career blocks.
Brown freshman Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) scored in double figures for the fourth straight game with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, while pulling down five rebounds. Junior Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) flirted with a triple-double for the Bears, but came up just short, scoring 12 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out seven assists. Junior guard Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) also scored in double figures with 11 points.
Both Caruso and Cook connected on 5-of-10 field goals in scoring 14 points for the Tigers. Spencer Weisz and Devin Cannady each chipped in with 10 points for Princeton.
Brown trailed by five points, 22-17, with 8:44 left in the in the opening half following a layup by Blackmon.
The Tigers broke the game open with a 13-0 run over the next five minutes, capped off by a trey by Caruso, to take a 35-17 lead.
Blackmon's layup just before the end of the half cut the Tigers lead to 42-27 at the half.
Princeton built a 25-point lead in the opening seven minutes, 64-39, on a three-point barrage, hitting 4-of-4 treys to take control of the game.
Brown returns home for its final home weekend of the season, hosting Dartmouth on Friday, February 26 at 7:00 pm, and Harvard on Saturday, February 27 at 6:00 pm. Saturday's game against Harvard will be Senior Day, with Bears' lone senior, Cedric Kuakumensah '16, being recognized in pre-game ceremonies.