Bears Take Control, Earn 69-64 Win Over Cornell
Feb. 25, 2006
Ithaca, New York - Freshman forward Scott Friske exploded for 24 points, including 12 in the second half, and sophomore guard Damon Huffman added 14 points, to lead Brown to a 69-64 Ivy League win over Cornell. The win lifts the Bears to 9-16 overall and 5-7 in the Ivy League, while Cornell falls to 11-15, 6-6 in Ivy League play.
The first half was played at a frenetic pace with the lead changing 14-times. Both team held five point leads in the half, Cornell taking a 16-11 lead early, and Brown graabbing a 25-20 advantage with 5:59 remaining. Both teams shot well from the field before intermission, with Brown shooting a sizzling 68 percent (13 of 19), and the Big Red shooting 52 percent (14 of 27).
Brown senior Nate Eads scored his only field goal of the half with 31 seconds left to give the Bears a 36-35 lead at intermission. The Bears were paced by Friske with 10 first half points, and freshman Chris Skrelja, who netted nine points.
The Bears opened a seven point second half lead, 50-43, on a fast break lay-up by sophomore Keenan Jeppesen at the 14:54 mark. Cornell took its only lead of the half, 57-53 on a pull-up jumper by freshman Adam Gore with 7:36 left.
Playing its final road game of the season, Brown answered immediately, with Friske's three-point play sparking an 8-0 Brown spurt to grab a 64-57 lead with 5:30 remaining. The Big Red hung around and pulled to within three points of the Bears, 67-64, on two free throws by Ryan Rourke with 1:40 left in the game. But strong defense and free throws down the stretch by Friske and junior Marcus Becker put the game away.
Friske's 23 points came on 7 of 9 shooting from the field and 8 of 9 shooting from the free throw line. Huffman also shot well for the Bears, tossing in 4 of 5 shots from behind the three-point arc,and 5 of 7 field goals.
Jeppesen, the Ivy League's fourth top scorer, had a strong game with 10 points and a game high 8 rebounds, as the Bears out-rebounded the Big red by a 31-24 margin. The Bears cooled off a bit from the field in the second half and shot 58 percent for the game, connecting on 24 of 41 field goals.
Cornell was led by senior Lenny Collins with 18 points, while Gore added 14 points.
The Bears return home next weekend for its final two games of the season next Friday and Saturday against Princeton and Penn at the Pizzitola Sports Center.