Bears Falter Against Penn, 64-54
Feb. 28, 2009
Philadelphia, PA - Trailing 54-53 with 3:12 remaining, Penn scored the game's last 11 points to earn a 64-54 Ivy league victory over Brown at the Palestra. Quakers' sophomore Harrison Gaines scored all of his team high 14 points in the second half, including four points in the 11-0 run to finish the game.
The loss negated a spectacular game by Brown junior Matt Mullery, who registered a double-double, scoring 19 points on 8 of 9 shooting from the field, while adding 10 rebounds. Mullery also blocked five shots for the Bears.
Brown drops to 7-19 overall and 1-11 in the Ivy League, while Penn extends its record to 9-16, 5-6 in the Ivy League.
In a sea-saw battle that saw nine second-half lead changes, Brown pulled ahead, 54-53, on a three-point basket by sophomore Garrett Leffelman with 3:12 left on the clock. Penn freshman Zack Rosen gave the Quakers the lead for good with a driving lay-up with 3:00 remaining.
The Bears, facing former head coach Glen Miller, built an early 13 point lead, 18-5, following a three-point play by Mullery with 8:08 remaining in the first half. But the Quakers rallied to cut the Bears' halftime lead to just two points, 23-21, behind Kevin Egees's 11 first half points. Mullery added 11 first half points for Brown.
Neither team was bashful from behind the three-point arc, but neither team had much success in the first half, with the Bears connecting on 1 of 13 treys and the Quakers making 2 of 12 three-point attempts.
In addition to Mullery's 19 points, Leffelman registered a career high nine points on 3 of 6 shooting from the field. Sophomore Adrian Williams also scored nine points for Brown, while pulling down four rebounds. Senior Chris Skrelja fouled out with 4:30 remaining and had six points and seven rebounds for the Bears.
Egee finished the game with 11 points for the Quakers, while Rob Balcore added 11 points.
The game was also Brown's final road game of the season. Brown returns home next weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth at the Pizzitola Sports Center.