February 23, 2008

Cornell Outlasts Brown, 74-65, In Battle Of Top Ivy Teams

Feb. 23, 2008

Final Stats

Ithaca, New York - Brown and Cornell slugged it out for 40 minutes, with the importance of the match-up between the top two Ivy League teams and a sellout crowd giving the game the look and feel of a championship bout.

Cornell (18-5, 10-0 Ivy) extended its Ivy League lead to three games with a hard-fought 74-65 victory over second place Brown (15-9, 7-3 Ivy), snapping a six-game winning streak for the Bears before over 4,000 hometown fans at Newman Arena.

Brown senior Damon Huffman led all scorers with 19 points, while senior Mark McAndrew added 18 points for the Bears. The Big Red were led by Adam Gore, who scored 15 of his team high 18 points in the first half.

Trailing 33-31 at the half, Cornell jumped out to an eight point second half lead, 54-46, with 10:56 remaining on a three-point basket by Geoff Reeves. Brown battled back tie the game, 57-57, on two free throws by Chris Skrelja with 6:37 left in the game.

Jeff Foote scored on a lay-uo on Cornell's next possession to give the Big Red the lead for good, 59-57.

The difference in the game proved to be Cornell's defense, holding the Bears to without a field goal in the game's last 8:27.

Brown looked like it would break the game open in the first half, leading by as many as 12 points in the first half, 25-13, on a three-point basket by Damon Huffman with 7:15 left in the half. But the Bears had to settle for on a 33-31 lead at the half following a three-point barrage by Gore, who connected 4 of 5 first half treys and 3 of 3 free throws to score 15 points.

Brown's Chris Skrelja had a big game for the Bears with 12 points and 11 rebounds to complete the double double. Sophomore Matt Mullery also scored in double figures, netting 10 points.

McAndrew moved into 19th place on Brown's all-0time scoring list with 1,028 career points, moving pass Brian Lloyd, who scored 1,011 points for the Bears from 1992-1996, and was in attendance at tonight's game.

Huffman also moved up the Brown scoring list into 12th place with 1,198 career points, passing Chuck Savage, who scored 1,190 career points at Brown from 1988-1992.

Reeves finished the game with a career high 14 points for the Big Red, connecting on 5 of 5 field goals, including 4 of 4 from behind the three-point arc. Foote chipped in with 11 points for Cornell.

The Bears will return home to the Pizzitola Sports Center for their final home weekend of the season, on Friday, February 29 against Princeton at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 1 against Penn at 6:00 p.m.