Powers' 34 Points Lifts Men's Basketball to 90-81 Win Over Columbia
Feb. 7, 2004
Providence, RI - Patrick Powers scored a career-high 34 points, including 25 first half points, and Jason Forte added 23 points, as Brown defeated Columbia by a 90-81 score in an Ivy League game Saturday evening at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
Down 57-48, the Lions rallied for nine straight points in a 2:31 span, tying the game at 57 with 14:20 left at the half. Brown built its lead back up to 64-62, only to see Maurice Murphy, Dalen Cuff, and Tito Hill score back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers in less than a minute, putting the Lions up 71-64 with 9:03 to play.
The Bears responded with a 12-0 run, capped off by a Powers dunk and free throw, which gave Brown a 76-71 advantage with 5:25 remaining. Hill and Cuff each converted 3-pointers, reducing the deficit to 78-77 at the 3:40 mark. Brown scored six straight points over the next 1:22, with Jason Forte's 3-pointer giving the Bears an 84-77 edge with 2:18 to play. The Lions again closed the gap, pulling within three points at 84-81, only to be held scoreless for the final 1:43 of the game.
The two teams combined for 23 3-pointers during the course of the game with Powers and Cuff each accounting for six apiece.
The Lions started the game by jumping out to a 24-16 lead by the 11:18 mark of the first half, scoring on six 3-pointers in the process. Brown rallied to score 10 straight and take a 26-24 lead with 8:40 left in the half. Columbia was down 34-33 at the 4:42 mark, but Brown ended the half with a 16-7 run, heading into the locker room up 51-40 at halftime.
Forte recorded 23 points for the Bears (8-11, 4-2), connecting on 12 of 12 free throws, while Jaime Kilburn added 13. Cuff led the Lions (6-13, 2-4) with 23 points, followed by Preston with 22.