Second Half Surge Lifts Bears Over Hartford, 77-65
Dec. 6, 2004
Providence, Rhode Island - Senior guard Jason Forte scored 24 points and junior forward Luke Ruscoe added 19 points to lift Brown to its third straight win, a 77-65 non-league victory over Hartford at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The win gives the Bears a 3-4 overall record, while Hartford drops to 1-3.
Hartford grabbed a seven point first half lead, 27-20, on a three point jump shot by Rembert Demarcquez with 6:51 left in the half. The Hawks held on to lead at the half by a 37-35 margin.
Trailing 43-42 in the second half, Brown took the lead for good, 45-43, on a three-point basket by freshman Mark McAndrew with 11:55 remaining. McAndrew's trey sparked a 9-0 Brown run that lifted the Bears to an eight point advantage, 53-45, on a slam dunk by Ruscoe with 7:35 left to play.
The Bears controlled the game from the free throw line, connecting on 25 of 40 attempts, while Hartford went to the line just five times, hitting two. The Hawks were whistled for 33 fouls.
Forte, the Ivy League Player of the Year, connected on 12 of 18 free throws in scoring a game high 24 points. Ruscoe's 19 points came on 5 of 6 shooting from the field, including 3 of 4 shooting from behind the three-point arc, and 6 of 8 from the free throw line. He also pulled down a game high 8 rebounds.
Hartford had five players in double figures, and were led by David Ruffian with 12 points and Aaron Cook, who added 11 points.