Bears Open Season With 74-55 Win Over Eastern Michigan
Nov. 9, 2007
Ypsilanti, Michigan -
Brown dominated Eastern Michigan in all aspects of the game Friday afternoon, building a 23 point second half advantage on its way to a 74-55 victory over the Eagles. The Bears utilized the strong shooting of senior Damon Huffman, who scored a game high 24 points, and senior Mark McAndrew, who added 22 points.
The win was Brown's first in a season opener in six years when the Bears defeated Vermont, 82-58, at the 2001 Central Connecticut Tournament.
Huffman scored his game high 24 points on incredible three-point shooting. He connected on his first six treys as the Bears built a 51-31 lead early in the second half. He connected on 9 of 17 field goals for the game, including 6 of 9 treys, Huffman's six three-point baskets rank seventh best in the Brown record book.
McAndrew, a first team All-Ivy selection a year ago, scored his 22 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field and 4 of 5 shooting from behind the three-point arc.
Trailing 24-18 with 8:29 left in the first half, Brown broke the game open by out-scoring Eastern Michigan, 27-4, for the remainder of the half to grab a 45-28 lead at intermission.
Huffman's three-point basket with 7:02 left in the half gave Brown the lead for good, 27-24, with 7:02 left in the half. He scored 14 of his 19 first half points in the decisive 27-4 spurt to give the Bears a 17 point lead at the half. He also connected on 5 of 5 treys in the half.
It was much of the same in the second half as Brown opened a 64-41 lead on the Eagles with 7:12 remaining on a lay-up by junior Scott Friske.
Brown junior Chris Skrelja played a complete game, nearly missing a triple-double, with eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Friske and senior Mark MacDonald added six points each for the Bears.
Robinson used the blowout to empty the bench, playing all 15 of the players on the Brown roster, with nine players scoring points.
The Eagles were led by Wendale Farrow, who scored 15 points, and Carlos Medlock, who added 12 points.
The Bears will play the second of two games on their Michigan trip, facing Michigan on Sunday, November 11th. Game time is 12:00 noon at Crisler Arena.