Providence, R.I. – Brown senior forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA) had 17 points and 11 rebounds and scored the game-winning points on a dunk with 1:06 left in overtime to lead Brown to an 84-83 come-from-behind win over Dartmouth Friday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The Bears improve to 8-17 overall, 3-8 in the Ivy League, while Dartmouth falls to 9-16 overall, 3-8 in Ivy play.
Trailing 75-72 at the end of regulation following two free throws by Dartmouth freshman Evan Boudreaux with 19 seconds remaining, Bears' junior guard JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) connected on a trey with seven seconds left to send the game into overtime, 75-75.
In overtime, the lead exchanged five times before a dunk by Kuakumensah gave Brown an 84-83 advantage with 1:06 left.
Dartmouth took the ball out in front of its own bench with six seconds remaining. The Big Green ran a play for Guilien Smith, who drove to the basket unsuccessfully as time expired.
"This is a great win for our team," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "A lot of things didn't go our way tonight and we didn't play our best, but still found a way to win. We overcame foul trouble, converted free throws and made some big plays – JR Hobbie's trey at the end of regulation and a defensive stop on the last play of the game."
Bears' junior Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX) a scored 21 points before fouling out with 3:31 left on the clock as brother, Jordin, the world's number one golfer, supported him from the stands. Spieth connected on 6-of-7 field goals, including 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc.
Junior Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) tossed in 19 points for Brown and handed out seven assists.
Kuakumensah posted his 11th double-double of the season with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and a game high 11 rebounds. Freshman Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) connected on 9-of-9 free throws, including 4-of-4 in overtime to score 16 points for the Bears.
Boudreaux paced the Big Green with 20 points and nine rebounds, leading five Dartmouth players in double figures.
Connor Boehm tossed in 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while Miles Wright added 14 points. Cameron Smith and Guilien Smith each scored 10 points for Dartmouth,
In a game of streaks, Brown opened the game by grabbing a 10-0 lead. The Big Green immediately answered with a 20-2 run to pull ahead by a 20-12 margin following a lay-up by Tommy Carpenter with 7:29 left in the half.
Spieth stopped the run with his third trey of the half to cut Dartmouth's lead to 20-15, and the Bears' rally continued on lay-up by Blackmon and another Spieth trey to cut Dartmouth's lead to 22-20.
Trailing 32-27 at the half, Brown pulled ahead with a 10-0 run, 37-32, capped off by on layup by Kuakumensah.
The Bears kept the pressure up grabbed their biggest lead, 55-44, on a Kuakumensah trey with 9:00 left in the game.
Dartmouth came storming back and cut Brown's lead to one point, 61-60, on a Boudreaux trey with just over four minutes remaining. The Big Green went on to tie the game, 64-64, on two free throws by Cameron Smith with 2:55 left to play.
The Bears conclude their home schedule tomorrow evening, February 27, hosting Harvard at the Pizzitola Sports Center, starting at 6:00 pm. Brown senior Cedric Kuakumensah will be honored in pre-game Senior Day ceremonies.