Nov. 24, 2007
Evanston, Ill. - Brown coach and Chicago native Craig Robinson was an assistant coach at Northwestern for six years before taking over on College Hill two years ago.
Robinson's Brown team completed the homecoming celebration with a 73-67 win over Northwestern with the help of another Chicago native, Bears' freshman Peter Sullivan, who scored 16 of his career high 19 points in the second half.
With the score tied, 64-64, Sullivan's two free throws with 3:50 remaining in the game gave Brown the lead for good. Brown grabbed a 68-64 advantage with 1:17 left in the game on a lay-up by senior Damon Huffman.
The Wildcats clawed back to pull to within one point of the Bears after a basket and free throw by Michael Thompson. But the Bears responded with two free throws by Sullivan and two more by Huffman to ice the game down the stretch.
"We played a terrific game," said Robinson. "This was an important win for our program. We're trying to build a tradition of winning. We have a lot of players from the Chicago area and we wanted to show all of our recruits in Chicago that we can play."
Brown dominated the Wildcats in the early going using a swarming defense to build a 14 point lead, 26-12, on a lay-up by junior Scott Friske with 9:32 left in the half. Friske's 13 first half points led the Bears, while senior Mark McAndrew connected on 4 of 4 first half treys to score 12 points.
Trailing 38-30 at the half, Northwestern came out on fire, outscoring the Bears 11-2 to open the half and grab a 41-40 lead with 13:01 left in the game. Northwestern's Sterling Williams made the difference in the spurt by scoring six of his game high 20 points.
The Bears battled back and led by as many of five points down the stretch, 64-62, following a Friske lay-up with 4:56 left to play. Thompson's three-point basket and a lay-up by Williams tied the game, 64-64.
Sullivan's 19 points came on 5 of 7 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 shooting from behind the three-point arc. He also connected on 6 of 6 free throws.
"It was a lot of fun coming home," said Sullivan, who attended nearby Loyola Academy. " I know a lot of the Northwestern players and had a lot of friends in the stands."
McAndrew also had a big game for the Bears, connecting on 5 of 7 treys in scoring 18 points for the Bears. He also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Friske chipped in with a season high 17 points, hitting 8 of 12 field goals, while pulling down six rebounds.
Williams scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half for the Wildcats. Thompson and Craig Moore added 14 points each for Northwestern.
The Bears will be back in action at home on Wednesday, November 28 against Wagner. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.