January 6, 2004

Bears Fall To 4th-Ranked Wake Forest

Jan. 6, 2004

Winston Salem, NC -

When a Demon Deacon mascot drove onto the court at the Joel Coliseum riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle during pre-game introductions, the Brown men's basketball team knew it might be a long night against nationally 4th ranked Wake Forest.

Eric Williams scored 14 points and Trent Strickland added 13 points to lead the unbeaten Demon Deacons to their tenth win of the season, an 86-47 victory over Brown. The loss drops the Bears to 3-9 overall.

Wake held a 14-7 lead early in the game and broke the game open by holding the Bears scoreless for the next 7:17 to grab a 29-7 advantage. A swarming Demon Deacon defense forced 17 first half Brown turnovers as they grabbed a 46-18 halftime lead. Bears' sophomore guard Luke Ruscoe kept Brown in the game with nine first half points.

Brown settled down and ran its offense in the second half, keeping the game from getting out of hand. The Bears kept the Demon Deacons, the second highest scoring team in the nation with 89.7 points a game, under their season scoring average.

"This Wake Forest team is every bit as good as any team in the nation," said Brown coach Glen Miller. "We struggled in the first half against their pressure and didn't execute to break the pressure defense. We did things a little better in the second half."

Ruscoe was the Bears lone scorer in double figures, finishing with 14 points. Freshman Sam Manhanga scored seven points for Brown while Pat Powers and Jason Forte scored 6 points each.

The Bears will be back in action on Friday at home against Central Connecticut. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.