Skrelja's 19 Points Leads Brown Over Harvard, 79-66
Feb. 17, 2006
Boston, Mass. - Freshman forward Chris Skrelja came off the bench to score a career high 19 points and grab a career best 10 rebounds, to lead Brown to a 79-66 Ivy League victory over Harvard at the Lavietes Pavilion. The win lifts the Bears to 8-14 overall and 4-5 in the Ivy League, while Harvard falls to 12-10 overall, 4-5 in Ivy play.
Skrelja, who's previous career scoring high was just five points, connected on 8 of 11 field goals, including 3 of 4 shots from behind the three-point arc.
"Chris has been struggling on the offensive end all season, but he's really been working hard in practice," said Bears' coach Glen Miller. "He's been adjusting to the speed of the college game, and tonight's performance proved that he has the ability to succeed."
After being outmatched by the Crimson three weeks ago in Providence, Brown took control of the game early, jumping out to a 10-3 lead. The Bears opened a 26-15 advantage on two free throws by sophomore Damon Huffman with 8:25 left in the first half.
Brown opened its biggest lead of the half, grabbing a 37-24 lead at intermission on a lay-up by Skrelja, who finished the half with 12 points and seven rebounds. Brown's swarming defense limited the Crimson to 33 percent shooting in the half, while out-rebounding Harvard by a 19-14 margin.
The Bears picked-up in the second half where they left off in the first half, outscoring the Crimson by a 18-9 margin to lead by 20 points, 55-35, on a three point jumper by Skrelja. Brown later claimed its biggest lead of the game, 69-44, with 7:00 remaining, again on a basket by Skrelja.
In addition to Skrelja's game high 19 points, Bears' sophomore Keenan Jeppesen added 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the field. Sophomore Damon Huffman turned in a strong defensive effort and scored 13 points, while sophomore Mark McAndrew netted a season high 11 points.
The Crimson was led by junior guard Jim Goffredo with 18 points and senior forward Matt Stehle, who added scored 16 points. Senior center Brian Cusworth netted 13 points and pulled down a game high 11 rebounds for Harvard.
The Bears will travel north to Hanover, New Hampshire to battle Dartmouth on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. The Bears defeated the Big Green, 73-70, in double overtime in the first meeting between the two teams earlier this year.