Jan. 20, 2007
New Haven, Conn. - Junior Mark McAndrew exploded for all of his game high 27 points in the second half to lead Brown to a 76-71 come-from-behind win over Yale in an Ivy League game at the John J. Lee Amphitheater.
McAndrew, who played just four minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, connected on 9 of 11 shots from the field in the second half, including 4 of 5 treys, as the Bears came back from a nine-point second half deficit. The win lifts the Bears to 6-11 overall and 1-1 in Ivy play, while the Bulldofs fall to 5-10 overall, 1-1 in league play.
Brown held a 21-20 lead with 8:08 left in the first half following two free throws by freshman Matt Mullery, who made his first collegiate start. The Bulldogs took control of the half with an 11-0 run over the next two minutes to grab a 31-21 lead on a dunk by senior Casey Hughes with 5:43 left in the half.
Trailing 38-33 at the half, Brown made a frantic run at the Elis, but fell behind by nine points, 52-43, with 11:05 left. The Bears chipped away and grabbed their first lead of the half, 58-57, on a three-point basket by Colin Aldridge with 8:01 left to play. Yale took a 59-58 lead on two free throws by Eric Flato, but the Bears came back to build a 63-59 advantage.
Yale came back to pull ahead, 67-66, on a layup by Sam Kaplan with 1:59 remaining in the game. McAndrew answered once again for the Bears with a trey and a layup to put the Bears up by a 71-67 margin with 1:17 left.
Ross Morin pulled the Elis to within two points, 71-69, on two free throws with 59 seconds left to play, but Brown's Damon Huffman came back with a long trey to put the Bears in control, 74-69 with 30 seconds left.
In addition to McAndrew's 27 points, Huffman connected on 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting from the field, including 4 of 6 treys.Mullery finished with eight points, while Aldridge added a career high 8 points on perfect 3 of 3 shooting from the field, including 2 of 2 treys.
Yale was led by Eric Flato, who scored 23 points, while connecting on 6 of 10 field goals. Morin also scored in double figures with 12 points, while Travis Pinick added 10 points.
The Bears will be back on the road next weekend, traveling to Dartmouth Friday night and to Harvard on Saturday evening.