Nov. 26, 2008
Providence, RI - Brown sophomore Peter Sullivan scored a career high 26 points and junior Matt Muller scored 17 points to lead the Bears to a hard-fought 80-73 non-league win over Army at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win lifts Brown to 2-3 overall, while the Cadets fell to 1-4.
Sullivan's 26 points came on 9 of 15 shooting from the field, including 5 of 9 shooting from behind the three-point arc. He previous career high of 19 points came a year ago against Northwestern. Sullivan also pulled down a game high 8 rebounds.
It wasn't easy for the Bears, falling behind the visitors from West Point, 59-56, with 5:52 remaining in the game. Brown broke the game open with a 16-4 spurt, taking the lead for good, 63-61, on two free throws by senior Scott Friske with 4:37 left on the clock. The 16-4 spurt was completed by a three-point basket by Sullivan with 1:29 remaining to put Brown in control, 72-63.
The Cadets made it interesting down the stretch, cutting the Brown lead to three points, 76-73, with 25 seconds remaining on a trey by Julian Simmons. But Mullery scored on a lay-up and senior Chris Skrelja hit two free throws to complete the scoring.
In a first half of streaks, Brown led by as many as 10 points, 23-13, 10 minutes into the game. The Cadets took control for a while, outscoring the Bears 14-4 to pull even, 27-27 with 4:45 left. Brown got back on track and led 41-32 on a lay-up by Sullivan with 34 seconds remaining, before settling on a 41-34 halftime advantage.
Mullery's 17 points came on 6 of nine shooting from the field, while grabbing six rebounds. He also blocked a career high five shots for the Bears. Skrelja had a big game for the Bears, registering a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists. Sophomore Adrian Williams was Brown's fourth double figure scorer with 10 points.
Simmons led Army with 18 points, while Josh Miller chipped in with 16 points and seven assists.
The Bears will be back in action again at home on Saturday, November 29 against Eastern, for an afternoon game (1:00 p.m.) at the Pizzitola Sports Center.