November 18, 2002

Brown Toppled by Belmont, 83-77, in Overtime

Nov. 18, 2002

Notre dame, IN - Junior Steve Drabyn scored 9 of his 17 points in overtime to lead Belmont to an 83-77 overtime win over Brown in the second round of the Guardians Classic at the Joyce Center on the campus of Notre Dame.

Junior Jaime Kilburn scored the first four points in overtime to give Brown a 72-68 lead. Following a layup by Belmont's Adam Mark, Brown junior Alai Nuualiitia converted a layup, and Jason Forte added a free throw to give the Bears a 75-70 advantage with 2:47 left to play in overtime.

Belmont responded by scoring the next eight points in overtime, grabbing a 76-75 advantage with 1:47 left to play on consecutive three point baskets by Drabyn. Junior Adam Sonn added two free throws with 48 seconds remaining to give Belmont a 78-75 lead.

The Bears pulled to within one point, 78-77, on a layup by Forte with 20 seconds remaining, but Drabyn connected on four of four free throws in the last 16 seconds to put the game away.

Sonn, who led all scorers with 21 points, sent the game into overtime by connecting on two free throws with 21 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score, 68-68.

Nuualiitia was brilliant for the Bears, pulling down16 rebounds and scoring 17 points, including his 1,000th career point. Nuualiitia, who converted 5 of 6 shots from the field, moved into 17th place on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,009 career points.

Kilburn also scored 17 points for the Bears, hitting 8 of 11 shots from the field. Senior Earl Hunt tossed in 16 points for Brown, while Forte added 13 points.

Sonn pulled down 12 rebounds to go with his game-high 21 points. Mark shot a torrid 9 of 11 from the field while scoring 18 points for the Bruins.

Brown returns to action next Saturday, November 23, against the Providence College Friars at the Dunkin Donuts Center, beginning at 7:30 p.m.