Jan. 30, 2004
Providence, RI - Will Venable scored 18 points as Princeton defeated Brown by a 64-49 score on Friday evening. Brown dropped its first Ivy League game of the season and fell to 2-1 in the league standings. The Tigers scored their first points off the opening tipoff and never looked back, leading the game wire-to-wire.
Ed Persia, Scott Greenman, and Venable each sank a 3-pointer during the first 5:24 of the game, propelling the Tigers to an early 13-5 lead. The Bears closed to within four points, as Jason Forte scored on back-to-back inside baskets. Princeton responded with eight straight points of their own, capped off by an Andre Logan foul shot, to lead 21-9 with 8:49 left in the half.
Brown closed the gap, with Jaime Kilburn's hook shot with 6:04 left in the half cutting the Princeton lead to 21-15. Forte's layup and free throw with1:58 remaining drew Brown to within five points, at 25-20. The Bears would come no closer the rest of the evening, as Princeton rebuilt its lead to nine points, heading into the locker room at halftime up 30-21.
The Tigers, momentum continued into the second half, as they built up a 47-32 lead when Ryan Owings scored on a back-door lay-up with 12:04 left. Brown attempted to chisel away at the deficit, converting on a Kilburn hook shot and two Forte free throws, only to see Princeton rally, scoring nine straight points and putting the game all but out of reach at 56-36 with 5:01 to play.
Persia, Greenman, and Mike Stephens each tallied 10 points for the Tigers (8-6, 1-0).
As a team, the Bears shot 37.2% from the field, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range. Forte led Brown (6-10, 2-1) with 18 points, while Jaime Kilburn added 15 points.