November 28, 2006

McAndrew Leads Bears Over Wagner, 66-61

Nov. 28, 2006

Box Score

Staten Island, New York - Senior guard Mark McAndrew scored 14 of his game high 20 points in the second half to lead Brown to a 66-61 non-league victory over Wagner. The win lifts the Bears to 2-5 overall, while Wagner drops to 1-5 for the season.

Brown led by as many as 12 points in the second half, 52-40, on two free throws by McAndrew with 7:00 left in the game. The Seahawks put on a furious rally down the stretch and cut the Brown lead to just two points, 63-61, on two free throws by Mark Porter with 36 seconds remaining to play.

McAndrew connected on one of two free throws 8.8 seconds remaining, and junior Keenan Jeppesen iced the game by hitting two free throws with just two seconds left on the clock.

The difference in the game proved to be at the free throw line where Brown connected on 19 of 23 free throws (82 percent), while the Seahawks converted 24 of 33 shots from the charity stripe (72 percent).

Brown trailed early in the first half, 11-6, but battled back to tie the game, 17-17, on two free throws by senior Sam Manhanga with 9:09 left in the half. McAndrew put the Bears in the lead for good, 20-17, with 8:05 left in the half.

The Bears extended their lead to five points several times, the latest, 30-25, with 39 seconds left in the half on a three point basket by freshman Matt Mullery, before settling on a 30-27 lead at the half.

All of McAndrews's field goals came from behind the three point arc, connecting on 5 of 7 treys and 5 of 6 free throws. He also pulled down a team high 7 rebounds. Jeppesen also scored in double figures for Brown with 14 points, while senor Nathan Eads added nine points and four rebounds.

The Seahawks were led by James Ulrich with 19 points and Porter, who added 16 points.

The Bears, who've played six of their seven games on the road, return home on Saturday against Quinnipiac. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.