Jan. 26, 2008
Providence, Rhode Island - Senior Damon Huffman scored 16 of his team high 24 points in the second half, and junior Chris Skrelja registered a double-double with 16 points and a career high 15 rebounds, to lead Brown to a 77-68 win over Yale at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
The win lifts the Bears to 9-7 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League, while Yale falls to 7-9, 1-1 in Ivy play.
Huffman's 23 points came on a wide array of dazzling lay-ups and long-range three-point baskets. He connected on 7 of 11 field goals, including 4 of 6 from behind the three-point arc, while connecting on 5 of 5 free throws and grabbing five rebounds.
Brown led 32-27 at the half, but the Elis rallied to grab their first lead, 42-40, on a lay-up by Ross Morin with 12:14 remaining. The two teams exchanged leads and, with the score tied at 46-46, Brown took the lead for good, 48-46, on a driving Huffman lay-up with 10:01 left on the clock.
Brown built a six-point lead, 52-46, but Yale pulled to within three points of the Bears, 55-52, on two free throws by senior Eric Flato. Huffman came up with the play of the game, being fouled on a three-point basket and connecting on a free throw for the four-point play to give Brown control of the game, 59-52, with 7:18 left on the clock.
After falling to the Elis in overtime a week ago, the Bears came out with a vengeance in the first half against Yale, battling the Elis on the boards and launching a three-point barrage. Brown opened a 16-point lead for the Bears, 32-16, on a three-point basket by Huffman, Brown's seventh trey of the half.
Yale pulled back into the game with 11 straight points to end the half on three treys by Flato and a dunk by Matt Kyle to trail 32-27 at the half.
Skrelja's 15 rebounds came one week after the Bears were out-rebounded by the Elis and lifted the Bears to a 32-25 rebounding advantage over Yale this afternoon. Also scoring in double figures for the Bears was freshman Adrian Williams, who tossed in a career high 11 points, and freshman Peter Sullivan, who netted 10 points. Junior center Matt Mullery had a big game for the Bears, with a season high eight points and a career best eight rebounds.
Flato finished with a game high 24 points, connecting on 9 of 18 field goals and 4 of 5 treys. Morin also had a strong game with 18 points on 5 of 5 shooting from the field, and 9 rebounds.
The Bears will be back in action again next Friday and Saturday, February 1 &2, against Cornell and Columbia in key Ivy League games at the Pizzitola Sports Center.