March 2, 2007

Huffman Leads Bears To Season Sweep Over Princeton, 64-55

March 2, 2007

Final Stats

Princeton, New Jersey - Junior Damon Huffman scored a game high 21 points, connecting on 5 of 8 three-point baskets, to lead Brown to a 64-55 victory over Princeton to complete the season sweep of the Tigers and earn its third straight win over Princeton for the first time ever.

The win keeps Brown in fourth place in the Ivy standings with a 6-7 league mark as the Bears won at Princeton for the third time in the last five years. The last place Tigers drop 11-15 overall and 2-10 in the Ivy League.

With Brown clinging to a 58-55 lead, Huffman delivered the dagger with a 24-foot 3-point basket with 1:10 left to put the game away and extend the Bears' lead to 61-55.

The game was a homecoming for Brown head coach Craig Robinson, who honed his skills as a two-time Ivy Player of the Year for the Tigers, graduating in 1983.

"This is the first time I've seen a game at Jadwin Gym since I graduated," said Robinson. "I'm excited that we won an important League game and our team showed that we can beat an Ivy team twice. I spent four great years at Princeton and it was special to have my former coach, Pete Carril, at the game."

Brown led 28-28 at the half, getting solid production from its big men, junior center Mark MacDonald, who scored eight points, and freshman center Matt Mullery, who added seven points, all in the paint. The Bears trailed by as many as six points early, 14-8, with 13:0 left in the half. Brown's first lead came with 4:08 left on the clock when junior Damon Huffman buried a 3-point basket from the top of the key.

Princeton grabbed a 32-30 lead early in the second half, but the Bears responded with a 10-0 run to forge a 40-32 advantage on a 3-point basket by junior Mark McAndrew with 15:54 left in the game. Sophomore Chris Skrelja had four points in the spurt.

The Tigers whittled away at the Bears lead and pulled to within two points of the Bears, 55-53, with 3:40 left to play.

Huffman tossed in 16 of his game high 21 points in the second half. McAndrew, the Ivy League's leading scorer, tossed in 16 points and pulled down five rebounds. Mullery finished with eight points and grabbed five rebounds for the Bears.

Bears' senior point guard Marcus Becker scored just two points in 35 minutes of play, but tied the Brown record for games played in a career with 110, tying the mark set by Alai Nuualiitia from 1999-2003. Becker, who has never missed a game at Brown, will look to set the record Saturday night against Penn.

Princeton was led by senior Luke Owings, who scored 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field. Freshman Marcus Schroeder also scored in double figures for the Tigers with 13 points.

Brown will complete its season Saturday night against the Penn Quakers and former head coach Glen Miller, who won the Ivy title tonight with a win over Yale. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Palestra in Philadelphia.