Ithaca, N.Y. – Freshman Matt Morgan scored a game high 25 points to propel Cornell (10-18, 3-11 Ivy) to a 75-71 Ivy League win over Brown Saturday evening at Newman Arena in the final game for both teams.
The game also marked the end of the career for Brown (8-20, 3-11 Ivy) senior forward Cedric Kuakumensah (Worcester, MA), the Ivy League's two-time Defensive Player of the Year, who posted his 13th double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while blocking three shots.
Cornell led by as many as 11 points in the second half, 55-44, when Morgan connected on a layup with 9:05 left on the clock.
The Bears came roaring back and cut the Big Red lead to two points, 70-68, on a trey by JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) with 44 seconds remaining in the game.
But the Bears couldn't stop Morgan, who converted 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.
Kuakumensah completed his storied career as one of the greatest players in Ivy League basketball history. He is the only Ivy player to ever to score 1,000 points grab 900 rebounds and block 200 shots.
He is the Ivy League's all-time leader with 311 blocked shots; his 1,181 career points rank 16th all-time at Brown; and his 907 career rebounds are third in the Brown record book.
Overall, all five Brown starters scored in double figures. Freshman Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario) netted 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, while Hobbie finished with 11 points, hitting 3-of-7 treys. Sophomore Jason Massey (Cooper City, FL) chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.
Bears' junior Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX), who was pressed into duty at both the four and point guard positions, also posted a double-double for the Bears with 12 points and a game high 13 rebounds, while adding seven assists.
In addition to Morgan's 25 points, Darryl Smith connected on 13 points fro the Big Red, hitting 5-of-8 field goals.
Showing no rust from its trip to Ithaca following Friday's game at Columbia, Brown opened the game with a 9-0 run, capped off by a Kuakumensah lay-up at the 4:00 mark.
Cornell settled down and had the lead by the 10:52 mark, 14-12, following a trey by Jojo Fallas. The Big Red grabbed their largest lead of the opening half, 28-24, when Morgan drove for a layup with 3:01 left.
Kuakumensah connected on a trey to cut the Big Red lead to 28-27 with 2:41 left, but Morgan's layup with 41 seconds remaining gave Cornell a 30-27 lead at intermission.