February 21, 2004

Brown Falls to Princeton, 68-61, In First Place Battle

Feb. 21, 2004

Box Score

Princeton, NJ - In a battle for first place in the Ivy League standings, junior center Judson Wallace scored 20 points to lead Princeton to a 68-61 win over Brown at Jadwin Gymnasium.

The Tigers came into the game with a half game lead on the Bears and extended their record to 15-7 overall and 8-1 in the Ivy League standings. The Bears remain in second place in the Ivy League with a 7-3 league mark, 11-12 overall.

After last night's win over Penn, the Bears were looking to become the first team since Yale in 1987 to sweep Penn and Princeton on the road on consecutive nights.

Brown opened the game by outscoring the Tigers 10-2 and maintained its lead throughout most of the first half, claiming a 29-21 lead with 4:45 remaining. Princeton outscored the Bears 7-0 for the remainder of the half to cut the Brown halftime lead to 28-27. Forte led the Bears with seven first half points, but hobbled for the last 13 minutes of the half with a slightly sprained ankle.

The Bears held a 53-48 lead with 7:43 remaining when Pat Powers scored on a layup. Will Venable's two free throws tied the game, 58-58, and freshman Max Shafer connected on a three point basket to give Princeton the lead for good, 56-53 with 5:54 left to play. The Tigers connected on 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

Senior Mike Martin led the Bears with 14 points, while Forte netted 13 points. Luke Ruscoe and Jaime Kilburn each added 12 points for the Bears.

Forte, the Ivy League's leading scorer, moved into 15th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,051 career points, moving past Gerry Alaimo, who scored 1,046 career points for the Bears from 1955-1958.

Senior Andre Logan scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Princeton while Venable added 12 points. The Tigers outrebounded the Bears by a 38-26 margin.

The Bears will return home for their final home weekend of the season, next Friday and Saturday, against Dartmouth and Harvard at the Pizzitola Sports Center.