January 28, 2005

Bears Open Ivy Season With 57-52 Win Over Princeton

Jan. 28, 2005

Box Score

Princeton, NJ - It took 52 years for Brown to earn its first win at Princeton. Now the Bears have won two of the last three games on the Tigers' home court.

Senior guard Jason Forte scored 17 points and junior forward Luke Ruscoe added 16 points to lead Brown to a 57-52 victory over Princeton in the Ivy League opener for both teams.

Brown was in control for most of the first half and led by as many as seven points, 28-21, on a lay-up by sophomore PJ Flaherty with 4:12 remaining in the half. The Tigers outscored the Bears 9-0 for the remainder of the half, grabbing a 30-28 halftime advantage when senior Will Venable scored on a fast break lay-up with 30 seconds left.

The Bears took over the second half with strong defense, limiting the Tigers to 37 percent shooting from the field.

With Brown holding onto a 48-46 lead, Ruscoe came up with a three-point play, followed by a three-point basket to lift the Bears to their biggest lead, 54-46 with 3:50 remaining. The Tigers clawed to within four points of the Bears, 56-52, when Andre Logan knocked down a three-point basket with 47 seconds remaining, but that was as close as the Tigers would get down the stretch.

The Bears shot a torrid 60 percent from the field for the game, connecting on 22 of 37 field goals. Forte hit 6 of 10 field goals, while Ruscoe was 7 of 8 from the field.

Bears' sophomore forward PJ Flaherty also had a big game, scoring 10 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Sophomore Marcus Becker and freshman Damon Huffman netted six points each.

With 17 points against the Tigers, Forte continued the climb up the Brown scoring ladder, becoming the third all-time scorer in Brown basketball history. With 1,344 career points, Forte moved past Marcus Thompson, who scored 1,328 points from 1985-1989, Mike Cingiser, Brown's former head coach who scored 1,328 points from 1959-1962, and tied Alai Nuualiitia, who registered 1,344 points from 1999-2003.

Brown will be back in action tonight against Penn at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The Bears will be looking for their third straight win over the Quakers, having swept Penn a year ago.