February 24, 2007

Cornell Topples Bears, 79-67, Despite Mark McAndrew's Career High 33 Points

Feb. 24, 2007

Box Score

Providence, RI - Cornell used 78 percent (10 of 13) second half shooting from behind the three-point arc to pull away from Brown and earn a 79-67 Ivy League win over the Bears, snapping a three-game Brown winning streak. Brown junior Mark McAndrew scored a career high 33 points to lead all scorers.

The loss drops the Bears to 10-17 overall, 5-7 in the Ivy League, while Cornell extends its record to 15-11, 8-4 in Ivy play.

Brown trailed 33-22 at the half and fell behind by 14 points, 48-34, on a three-point basket by Cornell freshman Ryan Wittman with 14:17 remaining. The Bears chipped away at the lead and pulled to within three points of the Big Red, 54-51, with 8:50 left on the clock, following a Steve Gruber lay-up.

Cornell's torrid three-point shooting put the Bears away with a 14-2 spurt, with four straight treys, two each by Wittman and Louis Dale, sandwiched with two Witman free throws, to break the game open, 68-56, with 6:08 left in the game.

McAndrew tried to put the Bears on his shoulders in the second half, scoring 27 of his career high 33 points after intermission. He connected on 10 of 17 field goals, including 4 of 5 treys. He moved into third place in single season three-point field goals with 68 treys for the season.

Also scoring in double figures for the Bears were sophomore Chris Skrelja, who scored 10 points and pulled down a game high 8 rebounds, and junior Damon Huffman, who added 10 points.

Wittman and Dale each tossed in 22 points for the Big Red, with Dale connecting on five treys and Wittman adding four treys. Senior center Andrew Naeve also scored in double figures with 12 points.

The Bears will complete the 2006-2007 season on the road next Friday and Saturday at Princeton and Penn.