Brown Opens Ivy Season With 78-66 Win Over Yale

Jan. 18, 2003

New Haven, Conn. - Senior Earl Hunt, Brown's all-time leading scorer, poured in 18 of his game high 32 points in the second half to lead Brown to a 78-66 victory over Yale in the Ivy League opener for both teams.

The Bears, 6-9 overall, 1-0 in the Ivy League, have won three straight games and five of their last seven. The Elis fell to 6-7 overall and 0-1 in the Ivy League.

The game between the Bears and the Elis was supposed to have been played Friday night, but was postponed until Saturday due to the tragic Friday morning traffic accident on I-95 that involved nine Yale students, killing four and seriously injuring five others.

"Earl Hunt means a lot to this team," said Bears head coach Glen Miller. "Earl was hurt through our first eight games of the season. We're starting to play good basketball, and its no coincidence that Earl is healthy."

Brown led 36-25 at the half after opening the game with a strong start, grabbing a 16-5 lead on a three point basket by Hunt with 13:20 left in the half. The Elis pulled to within five points of the Bears, 25-20, when Mark Lovett connected on a three-point basket. Brown built its biggest lead of the half when junior Mike Martin converted two free throws with1:33 remaining in the half to give the Bears a 36-23 lead.

It looked as if Brown would run away with the game in the second half, jumping out to a 42-25 lead to open the second on a layup by senior Alai Nuualiitia and a jump shot by sophomore Jason Forte. The Elis came storming back and pulled to within one point of the Bears, 52-51 on a free throw by Ime Archibong with 6:42 left to play.

Hunt and Nuualiitia responded by leading Brown to a 9-2 spurt to take command of the game, 61-51, with 4:10 left to play. Hunt scored five points and Nuualiitia chipped in four points to build the eight point lead.

Hunt, the Ivy League's leading scorer, tossed in his 32 points on 8 of 17 shooting from the field and connecting on 13 of 16 free throws. He moved past Columbia's Jim McMillan, who scored 1,759 points from 1966-1970, and Columbia's Buck Jenkins, who tossed in 1766 points from 1989-1993, into eighth place in the Ivy League's all-time scoring list with 1,780 career points.

Nuualiitia provided a strong inside presence for the Bears, scoring 19 points, converting 9 of 12 field goals. Forte also scored in double figures with 13 points.

The Elis were led by senior center TJ McHugh, who scored 16 points, and senior Chris Leanza, who registered 14 points.

The two teams will slug it out once again next Friday evening, January 24, at Brown's Pizzitola Sports Center.