January 31, 2003

Brown Takes Over First Place in the Ivy League With 70-54 Win Over Cornell

Jan. 31, 2003

Ithaca, New York - Senior Earl Hunt scored 18 points to lead the Brown men's basketball team to its fifth straight win and sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings with a 70-54 win over Cornell.

The Bears are now 8-9 overall and 3-0 in the Ivy League standings, and have captured seven of their last nine games. The Big Red suffered their first Ivy loss of the season and drop to 7-9 overall and 2-1 in Ivy play.

Brown coach Glen Miller, who has never lost in Ithaca covering four games against Cornell, said this was a big win for the Bears. "Cornell is a very dangerous young team, who has played well over its last nine games," said Miller. "We struggled in the first half, but out experience took over in the second half."

Brown held a 31-25 lead at halftime in a sloppy half where both teams shot the ball poorly. The Bears converted 3 of 13 from three-point range and the Big Red 3 of 15 from behind the three-point arc.

The Bears led by as many as 10 points in the first half, 29-19, on a three-point basket by Hunt with 1:16 remaining. While Hunt's eight points were high for the Bears, junior Mike Martin had a tremendous first effort with five steals and six rebounds.

Cornell made run at the Bears in the second half, pulling to within five points of the Bears, trailing 47-42 with 11:13 remaining on a layup by center Eric Taylor. Brown broke the game open with a 19-6 scoring spurt, grabbing a 66-48 lead on a four point play by Hunt, who converted a three point basket and a foul shot.

Hunt, the seventh leading scorer in Ivy League basketball history, led all five starters in double figures. Sophomore Jason Forte and junior Patrick Powers scored 11 points each, while Martin and senior Alai Nuualiitia each registered 10 points for the Bears.

Taylor was the top scorer for Cornell with 16 points, pulling down a game high nine rebounds. Lenny Collins also scored in double figures for the Big Red with 12 points.

The Bears will be back in action tonight against Columbia, making their way down to New York City for a 7:00 p.m. match-up against the Lions.