Second Half Rally Falls Short, Bears Fall to Northwestern, 73-64
Nov. 22, 2008
Providence, RI - Brown's furious second half rally came up short as the Bears dropped their home opener to Northwestern, 73-64, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Northwestern (3-0) senior guard Craig Moore connected on a Pizzitola record nine treys on 9 of 13 shooting behind the three-point arc in scoring a game high 31 points.
Junior center Matt Mullery scored 17 points to lead Brown (1-3) on 7 of 8 shooting from the field, while pulling down six rebounds and blocking three shots.
The Bears rallied from a 48-26 halftime deficit to cut the Northwestern lead to 66-60 on a jumper by Chris Skrelja with 4:43 remaining in the game. The Bears had an opportunity to get even closer, but Mullery was taken down in the paint, and sophomore Peter Sullivan's three-point attempt just missed its mark.
Northwestern set the Pizzitola floor on fire in the first half, connecting on 10 of its first 13 treys to build a 42-24 lead with 3:05 left in the first half. The Wildcats went on to build a 48-26 halftime lead.
Moore connected on 8 of 9 treys to score 24 first half points as the Wildcats shot a sizzling 11 of 16 shots from behind the three-point arc in the half.
The Bears attacked the Wildcats at the outset of the second half, outscoring Northwestern 11-2 to open the half and cut the deficit to 50-37, on a trey by Mullery with 17:37 left in the second half.
Sullivan tossed in 16 points for Brown on 4 of 6 shooting from three-point range, while sophomore Adrian Williams netted 13 points. Skrelja also scored in double figures for the Bears, while pulling down six rebounds. The Bears out-rebounded the taller, more physical team from the Big 10 by a 24-17 margin.
Northwestern finished the game with 62 percent shooting from the field (23 of 37) and 60 percent shooting (9 of 15) from behind the three-point arc. Michael Thompson netted 15 points for the Wildcats, while Kevin Coble scored 10 points.
The Bears will be back in action again on Wednesday, November 26 at home against Army. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.