Bears Fall To Wagner, 64-63, On Two Free Throws In Last Seconds

Nov. 28, 2007

Providence, RI - Junior guard Mark Porter converted two free throws with 6.7 seconds remaining to lift Wagner to a 64-63 win over Brown at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Porter finished with 23 points in a game that had 18 lead changes. The win lifts Wagner to 4-2 overall, while the Bears drop to 2-3 on the season.

Bears' junior guard Chris Skrelja scored a career high 21 points to lead the Bears, connecting on 7 of 7 shots from the field.

The Bears trailed by five points, 57-52, with 5:45 remaining to play and clawed its way back into the game, taking a 63-62 lead with 26 seconds remaining when senior Mark McAndrew connected on two free throws, giving Brown its first lead since the 13:15 mark of the second half. Porter was fouled going to the basket, setting up the game winning points.

Brown led by as many as five points in the first half, 33-32, with 2:29 left in the half on a free throw by Skrelja. But the Seahawks rallied to outscore the Bears 7-1 for the remainder of the half to grab a 35-34 lead at intermission. Porter scored 16 first half points for the Seahawks, Skrelja tossed in 14 first half points for the Bears.

Brown struggled from field, connecting on just 3 of 21 shots from behind the three-point arc. McAndrew also scored in double figures for Brown with 14 points, while senior Mark MacDonald added 12 points.

Porter's 23 points came on 8 of 14 shooting from the field. Junior Durell Vinson scored 12 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Seahawks.

The Bears will back in action on the Pizzitola Sports Center hardwood on Saturday, December 1st against UC Davis.