March 7, 2008
Boston, MA - Coach Craig Robinson's men's basketball team has done what no Brown team has done before. Behind the fierce play of senior Damon Huffman, who scored 19 points and freshman Peter Sullivan, who added 18 points, Brown came away with a 78-62 Ivy League win over Harvard, its ninth win in the last 10 games, and a school record eighteenth win.
With the victory, Brown extended its record to 18-9, 10-3 in the Ivy League, while Harvard drops to 8-21 and 3-10 in Ivy play.
The 18 wins eclipse the previous school record of 17 victories by Brown teams in 1974, 2001, 2003 and 2004.
The Bears, who are guaranteed of finishing second in the Ivy standings, also reached the 10 win mark in Ivy League play for the sixth time ever.
Huffman had a deft shooting touch throughout, connecting on 7 of 10 field goals, including 3 of 4 from behind the three-point arc. Brown's all-time leader in three-point baskets, Huffman now has 219 career treys.
Sullivan's 18 points were one short of his career high. He connected on 6 of 10 field goals, while knocking down 4 of 7 treys and 2 of 2 field goals.
While Brown led from start-to-finish, Harvard clawed back from a 39-31 halftime deficit to pull to within two points of the Bears, 53-51, on two free throws by Andrew Pusar with 10:40 remaining.
Brown responded immediately by out-scoring the Crimson 21-6 to take control of the game once again, grabbing a 74-57 lead with 2:15 left on two free throws by Sullivan.
Brown jumped out to an early 14-4 lead five minutes into the game, and led by as many as 13 points in the first half, 29-16, on a 3-point basket by Huffman with 7:00 remaining. Harvard pulled to within five points of the Bears, 36-31, but junior Scott Friske's three-point play with 10 seconds remaining sent Brown into the locker room with a 39-31 halftime advantage.
The Bears shot a sizzling 62 percent from the field in the first half with Huffman and senior Mark McAndrew each hitting 4 of 5 field goals.
McAndrew, the Ivy League's leading scorer, also enjoyed a strong game, scoring 13 points and handing out four assists. Junior Chris Skrelja grabbed five rebounds and also scored in double figures with 10 points. Friske provided a strong inside presence for the Bears, scoring eight points, grabbing a game high 11 rebounds and handing out six assists.
The Crimson was led by junior Evan Harris, who scored 16 points, and Pusar, who added 12 points.
Brown travels to Hanover, New Hampshire to complete its regular season on Saturday against Dartmouth. Game time is 7:00 p.m.