March 6, 2009
Providence, Rhode Island - Sophomore guard Garrett Leffelman knocked down a three-point shot at the buzzer to lead Brown to a 61-59 come-from-behind victory over Harvard at the Pizzitola Sports.
The win for the Bears (8-19, 2-11) avenges an earlier season loss to the Crimson (13-14, 5-8 Ivy), a game Harvard won with no time on the clock.
Matt Mullery, Brown's 6-8 junior center, proved why he is the dominant big man in the Ivy league with a performance for the ages. He registered a rare 20-20 double-double, with a game high 21 points and a career high 20 rebounds, while blocking three shots. Mullery was also perfect from the field, connecting on 9 of 9 field goals, including a trey.
Mullery is the first Brown player in 25 years to grab 20 rebounds in a game. The last Brown player to pull down 20 boards was Stark Langs against Dartmouth in 1984.
"To get 20 rebounds in conjunction with 21 points is special," said Bears' head coach Jesse Agel. "Matt turned in a phenomenal performance and it's our job as coaches to get him more touches. I can't wait until his senior year."
Brown trailed by six points, 59-53, with 3:05 left in the game following a trey by Oliver McNally. Bears' sophomore guard Adrian Williams stepped up with a trey of his own with 1:35 remaining to cut the Crimson lead to 59-56.
A lay-up by Mullery cut the Crimson lead to 59-58, with 48 seconds left in the game.
Harvard missed a shot with eight seconds remaining and Brown's Peter Sullivan pulled down the rebound. With no timeouts left, senior Chris Skrelja drove down court and dished to Leffelman on the right side. Leffelman got off the three-point attempt just before the buzzer sounded and the ball swished through the hoop to give Brown the victory.
Harvard jumped out to a 25-14 lead with 7:45 remaining in the first half following a three-point basket by junior Jeremy Lin. Only the dominant play of Mullery kept the Bears close in the half, trailing 35-28 at intermission. Mullery just missed a first half double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Bears came back strong in the second half, rallying for their first lead of the half, 38-37, on a lay-up by Skrelja with 16:00 left in the game. Brown picked up the pace even more, building a 46-39 advantage with 11:18 remaining following a free throw by sophomore Chris Taylor.
Harvard scored the game's next seven points to knot the score at 46-46. The Bears answered by building a four point lead, 50-46, following a trey by Steve Gruber.
The Crimson went on a 9-0 run to pull ahead, 55-51, with 4:44 remaining on a McNally jump shot.
Williams was Brown's only other double figure scorer with 10 points, while he pulled down five rebounds. Leffelman finished with nine points, and Skrelja registered seven points and nine rebounds.
The Bears had their way with the Crimson on the boards, out-rebounding Harvard by a 46-31 margin.
Senior Drew Housman led four double figure scorers for Harvard with 12 points. Andrew Pusar added 11 points, while Lin and Keith Wright netted 10 points each.