January 31, 2009

Bears Fall To Columbia, 65-59, In Physical Battle

Jan. 31, 2009

Final Stats

New York, New York - Brown's frenetic rally in the game's final five minutes fell short as the Bears dropped a 65-59 Ivy League decision to Columbia Saturday evening. The loss drops Brown to 6-12 overall, 0-4 in the Ivy League, while Columbia extended its record to 7-11, 2-2 in Ivy play.

Brown trailed by 13 points, 60-47, with 5:13 remaining and outscored Columbia 9-0 over the next three minutes to pull to within four points of the Lions, 60-56, on two free throws by junior Matt Mullery with 2:41 remaining. But missed opportunities by the Bears and solid free throw shooting by Columbia down the stretch sealed the win for the Lions.

Bears' sophomore Peter Sullivan led all scorers with 18 points on 8 of 16 shooting from the field. Brown senior Scott Friske pulled through with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing a game high 12 rebounds for the Bears.

Columbia lived up to its physical reputation, pushing, shoving and sandwiching Mullery, Brown's top scorer, throughout the game, and taking the Bears out of their offensive rhythm. Mullery finished the game with just eight points, seven below his season average, and a bloody nose.

After a slow start where each team had just one field goal in the first seven minutes, play settled down for a back-and-forth first half battle. Brown held its biggest lead, 12-6, on a Scott Friske lay-up midway through the first half.

The lead changed six times in the half, with the Bears grabbing a 29-28 halftime advantage on a three-point basket by sophomore Adrian Williams with four seconds remaining.

The lead exchanged four more times early in the second half before Columbia took the lead for good, 39-37, on a field goal by Patrick Foley with 14:44 left in regulation.

The Bears out-rebounded the Lions by a 42-25 margin, but shot just 37 percent from the field, connecting on 20-53 field goals.

Williams was Brown's third double figure scorer, netting 12 points.

Columbia was led by Jason Miller, who scored 14 points, while Niko Scott added 12 points for the Lions.

Brown continues its five-game road trip, stopping at Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend, Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7. Both games are scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.