Men's Hoops Gains First Place In Ivy League With 87-82 Win Over Yale

Jan 19, 2002

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Brown made 39 of 44 free throws, including two by junior guard Earl Hunt with 1.2 seconds left to hold off Yale for an 87-82 win in New Haven Saturday.

Brown (12-4, 3-0 Ivy League) is off to its best start since the 1944-45 season and took over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League, one-half game ahead of idle Princeton (2-0).

Yale, 10-7, 2-1, lost for the first time in seven home games this season. Yale trailed by as many as 11 in the second half, but pulled to within three on a Paul Vitelli follow with 5.7 seconds left.

Yale was 24 of 39 from the free throw line and 4 of 26 from 3-point range.

There were 57 fouls called.

Yale took its only lead of the game on two Josh Hill free throws with 6:51 left, but Brown, as it did throughout, had a response. It scored eight straight points to build the lead back to six.

Brown freshman guard Joseph Forte had 21 points. He made 10 of 13 free throw attempts.

Hunt added 18, including 12 of 13 from the line. Patrick Powers had 13 and Josh Meyer 12 for the Bears.

Hill led Yale with a career high 21 points.

Vitelli had his seventh double of the season with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Freshman guards Edwin Draughan and Alex Gamboa had 12 and 10, respectively.

Forte, the younger brother of Boston Celtics guard Joe Forte, had 15 points in the first half.