Jan. 6, 2009
Charlottesville, VA -
Head coach Jesse Agel's Brown men's basketball team will play it final non-league road game of the season tonight, traveling to ACC country to face the University of Virginia. It's the first meeting between the two teams since the 2003 NIT.
The Bears are led by junior center Matt Mullery, who is shooting a torrid 63 percent from the field (69 of 109) to lead the Ivy League and rank 10th in the nation. Mullery's 15.9 points are fourth in the Ivy League, while his 1.6 blocked shots per game (19 total) are second in the Ivies. Sophomore forward Peter Sullivan ranks second on the Brown team and fifth in the Ivy League in scoring with 14.8 points per game. Senior forward Chris Skrelja is third in the Ivies in assists (4.0 per game) and second in rebounding (6.7 rpg.)
Sophomore guard Adrian Williams was named the Ivy League Player of the Week for his play last week after scoring a career high 29 points vs. Quinnipiac and 13 points vs. American.
Brown will look to get back on the winning track following a 68-53 decision to American University on Friday to fall to 5-7 for the season. Mullery scored 16 points to lead the Bears, while Williams chipped in with 13 points.
Virginia is coming off an 84-70 loss to Xavier to fall to 6-5 for the season.
Brown and Virginia will be meeting for the third time with the Cavaliers holding a 2-0 series lead over the Bears The two teams last met on March 19, 2003 in the first round of the NIT in Charlottesville, with Virginia coming out on top of an 89-73 decision.
The Bears return home to Providence for their final non-league game of the season on Saturday, January 10 against Bryant. Game time is 4:00 p.m. at the Pizzitola Sports Center.