Dec. 2, 2006
Providence, RI - Senior Mark McAndrew scored 18 points and grabbed a career high 14 rebounds to lead Brown to an 80-74 non-league victory over Quinniciac at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Bears connected on a school record 47 free throws in 60 attempts to gain their second straight victory, and extend their record to 3-5 overall.
The 47 free throws made by the Bears broke the previous Brown mark of 40 free throws against Amherst in 1954.
Sophomore Chris Skrelja, playing his first game of the season following an injury, connected on two free throws with 5:36 remaining to give Brown the lead for good, 65-63. Skrelja's two free throws and subsequent three-point basket sparked a 10-2 Brown run that gave the Bears a 73-65 advantage on a McAndrew free throw with 2:10 left in the game.
Brown connected on 26 of 33 first-half field goals to grab a 39-33 lead at intermission. The Bobcats battled back and grabbed their first lead of the game, 50-48, on two free throws by Adam Gonzales at the 12:17 mark of the second half. Quinnipiac's biggest lead of the game came with 10:00 left to play, 56-51, on a dunk by DeMario Anderson.
McAndrew, coming off a 20 point performance against Wagner on Tuesday evening, connected on 15 of 16 throws, the 10th most free throws made in a game in Brown basketball history.
Skrelja made his season debut and scored 14 points, connecting on 3 of 5 field goals and 7 of 8 free throws. He also pulled down five rebounds. Senior Marcus Becker also scored in double figures with 13 points, while hitting 7 of 7 free throws. Bears' senior center Sam Manhanga tossed in 10 points and grabbed six rebounds.
The Bobcats were led by Adam Gonzales, who netted 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Dale Meinbresse also scored in double figures for Quinnipiac, chipping in 16 points.
The Bears will be on the road for the sixth time in eight games on Tuesday against the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at the Ryan Center.