March 1, 2003

Men's Basketball Sweeps Princeton For First Time Ever

March 1, 2003

Providence, RI - Sophomore guard Jason Forte scored a career-high 30 points, and senior Earl Hunt added 21 points as Brown defeated Princeton by an 88-74 score, completing its first ever sweek of the Tigers. The win gives the Bears a 10-2 league record, winning 10 or more games in the l.eague for the fourth time ever.

After trailing Princeton for the entire first half, Patrick Powers opened the second half with a 3-pointer, giving the Bears a 38-36 lead they would not relinquish. Brown built up its lead to 56-48 with 11:10 to play, courtesy of a Harold Bailey 3-pointer and free throw, followed by two Forte free throws.

The Tigers pulled within three points when Judson Wallace made a 3-pointer with 7:32 to play, cutting Brown,s lead to 61-58. The Bears responded with a 12-5 run, taking a 73-63 lead when Earl Hunt made a free throw with 4:16 to play.

Brown connected on 11 straight free throws in the final 2:36, keeping the Tigers at arm,s length down the stretch.

The Tigers, largest lead of the first half came when Ed Persia hit a lay-up and free throw, putting Princeton up 24-16 with 9:44 to play. Brown sliced into the deficit by outscoring the Tigers 19-12 to close out the half, entering the locker room down by one, 36-35. Forte and Hunt combined for 28 of Brown,s 35 first-half points.

The Bears (15-11, 10-2) completed their first-ever season sweep of Princeton and equalled the school record for most points ever scored against the Tigers.

Forte finished the game shooting 6-for-7 from the floor and a perfect 14-for-14 from the foul line.

Hunt, playing his final home game in a Brown uniform, scored 21 points.

Wallace led the Tigers (14-10, 8-3) with 24 points before fouling out with 1:44 to play.