Hanover, New Hampshire – Six Brown players scored in double figures, led by seniors Tavon Blackmon (Upper Marlboro, MD) and Steven Spieth (Dallas, TX), with 14 points each, as the Bears held off a late Dartmouth challenge to defeat the Big Green, 80-75 at Leede Arena.
Brown led, 78-69, with 2:13 remaining when the Big Green rallied to cut the Bears' advantage to 78-75, on a layup by Taylor Johnson with 51 seconds left on the clock.
Johnson missed a layup for the Big Green with 17 seconds remaining and Brown's JR Hobbie (Spring Lake, NJ) connected on two free throws with six seconds left to ice the victory for the Bears.
"We played really well in the first 15 minutes to get a big lead and we were able to survive in the second half," said Brown head coach Mike Martin. "A lot of players contributed to this win, especially with three starters in foul trouble and out for most of the second half."
Blackmon's 14 points came on 5-of-10 shooting from the field. Spieth scored 14 points and pulled down five rebounds before fouling out with 3:24 left in the game.
Spieth, who has led the Ivy League in minutes played in each of the last two years, tied the Brown record for games started in a career (114), held by Sean McGonagill (2010-2014). His 115 consecutive games played is already a Brown record.
Bears' freshman Joshua Howard (Charlotte, NC) was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and hit 4-of-6 free throws in scoring 12 points.
Sophomore Obi Okolie (Ajax, Ontario), freshman Brandon Anderson (Mahwah, NJ) and Hobbie each scored 11 points for Brown, while sophomore Travis Fuller (Encinitas, CA) pulled down a team high nine rebounds.
Dartmouth's Evan Boudreaux posted a double-double with a game high 25 points and 10 rebounds. Guilien Smith had 17 points and Johnson added 14 points for the Big Green.
Brown used a swarming defense to stifle the Big Green and jump out to a 20 point lead, 32-12, with seven minutes left opening half following a turn-around jump shot by Spieth, whose basket capped a 15-2 Brown run.
A trey by Boudreau stopped the Bears' run and cut the Bears lead to 32-15 with 6:39 left in the half.
With Brown leading, 34-15, Dartmouth closed the half by outscoring the Bears by a 12-4 margin to trail 38-27 at intermission.
The Bears were in foul trouble throughout the second half with Spieth, Okolie and Howard all on the bench with four fouls by the 10-minute mark.
Dartmouth drew to within six points, 67-61, with 4:48 left on a layup by Brendan Barry.
Brown quickly built the lead back up to 11 points, 72-61, on a Spieth layup and a trey by Hobbie with 3:54 left in the game.
The Bears will travel down to Boston on Saturday evening to face Harvard in a game televised by the American Sports Network. Tip-off is 8:00 pm.