March 4, 2006
Providence, RI - Brown's gallant upset bid of Ivy Champion Penn came up short as the Bears dropped a 74-68 overtime decision to the Quakers in an Ivy League game at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Tonight's contest was the final game of the season for the Bears, who finished 10-17 overall, 6-8 in Ivy play for fifth in the league standings. The Quakers are 20-7 overall, 12-1 Ivy, with one regular season game remaining Tuesday vs. Princeton, before heading to the NCAA Playoffs.
Brown sent the game into overtime following a frenzied finish to regulation. Trailing by three points, 60-57, junior Marcus Becker blocked a shot with six seconds remaining. Freshman Scott Friske grabbed the rebound, dribbled up court and passed the ball back to Becker, who hoisted in a three-point basket with four-tenths of a second remaining, sending the game into overtime.
In overtime, the lead changed three times before junior Steve Danley gave Penn the lead for good, 67-66, on a jump shot with 1;34 remaining.
Brown led for most of the game, leading by as many as 12 points in the first half, 30-18, on a three-point jumper by sophomore Keenan Jeppesen with 5:14 left in the half. The Bears settled on a 32-24 lead at halftime.
With the score tied 55-55, senior Eric Osmundson connected on a three-point basket with 1:19 left in regulation to give the Quakers a 58-55 advantage. Jeppesen's two free throws with 57 seconds left cut the Penn lead to one point, 58-57. Two free throws by the Quakers Brian Grandieri put Penn up 60-57, setting up Becker's last second heroics in regulation.
Jeppesen came up big for the Bears with 21 points, four assists, five rebounds and three steals. Friske played a solid game, scoring 13 points on perfect 6 of 6 shooting from the field, while pulling down a team high 7 rebounds. Becker also finished in double figures with 10 points. Junior Nate Eads came off the bench to score eight points for the Bears.
The Quakers had five players score in double figures, led by junior Mark Zoller's double-double, with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Osmundson scored 15 points, and Grandieri and junior Ibrahim Jaaber netted 13 points each.